WIRELESS ON CAMPUS
Wireless networking is available in all buildings on Campus. Wireless networking is often available outside on Campus if you are close to a building. However, wireless networking is not guaranteed in outside spaces.
DESCRIPTION: This wireless network is meant for guests visiting the College. Guests must provide an email address when connecting to this wireless network. The traffic on this wireless network is not encrypted.
DESCRIPTION: This wireless network is for Students and others with a @abbey.bac.edu email address. This wireless network is for Student use only. The traffic on this wireless network is encrypted.
DESCRIPTION: This wireless network is for Faculty, Staff, and others with a @bac.edu email address. This wireless network is not meant for Students. The traffic on this wireless network is encrypted.
Understanding the College Wireless Networks
We have three wireless networks on Campus. bac-guest, bac-staff, and bac-student. All three share the same Internet Connection.
To ensure that no one device consumes all the network bandwidth, each device on the network is limited to 10Mbps download speeds. It is generally accepted that it takes 3.5Mbps-5Mbps to stream HD Video (1080p at 60fps). The 10Mbps speed cannot be guaranteed and is impacted by the number of devices on the Network, distance from a Wireless Access Point, and Rogue Access Points. If you are having speed issues scan for wireless networks in your area. Any detected networks other than bac-guest, bac-staff, and bac-student are causing interference. Please find the broadcasting device and ask the owner to disable wireless.
Wireless traffic on Campus is also designed so that wireless devices cannot see each other. This means that you cannot use wireless printers or other devices that require network visibility. If your device needs to connect to another device on the local Campus network, it will not work.
Is the network secure?
Belmont Abbey College’s wireless networks are as secure as any wireless network. It is always a good idea to make sure your computer has a local firewall turned on and that your Anti-Virus and system software is up-to-date. It is also a good idea to make sure you are on an SSL-encrypted web page before sending or receiving confidential data.
bac-guest is not encrypted. Using bac-guest is like sending a postcard. Anyone can read the traffic along the way. bac-staff and bac-student are like sending a letter. Only the sender and recipient should be able to read it.
Belmont Abbey College assumes no risk for any viruses, identity theft, or any other malicious or unwanted activities which may occur to individuals accessing the Campus Networks.
Note: Belmont Abbey College reserves the right to monitor wireless network activity, filter content, and otherwise control or prohibit wireless access usage.
A Properly Functioning Wireless Access Point Should Look Like…
Power LED should be Green
LAN1 LED should be blinking Yellow
LAN2 LED should be off
WiFi Radio LED should be solid Green or blinking Green
Bluetooth LED should be off