WVC Wireless Student Guest Network
The Wenatchee Valley College Wireless Student Guest Network provides free wireless internet access to any member of the college community with a student logon account and a web enabled device.
Users without a logon account will only be able to access the college’s public website.
A wireless connection works just like a wired Ethernet connection. Since wireless bandwidth is shared among all users connected within a given area, network speed may be noticeably slower when many people are using wireless, and generally will not be as fast as wired Ethernet.
1. Where is wireless available?
Wireless access points have been installed in the following areas:
- Wenatchi Hall
- Brown Library
- Van Tassell
- Eller fox
- Wells Hall
- Batjer Hall
- Library Building
- Student Lounge
- Friendship Hall
Any 802.11 compliant wireless card that has the capability to connect to the WVC Wireless Network. Your wireless device will detect the "WLAN_STU_GUEST" network, and may automatically connect or prompt you to connect.
2. What will I need to connect?
Please check the documentation that came with your PDA, cell phone or other device for information on what you need to connect to a wireless network.
- An active WVC network account
- A properly installed and configured 802.11b,g,a or n wireless network card
- A current version of antivirus software on your personal system
3. How do I set up my laptop?
NOTE: The following instructions are for Windows XP only. Other Windows operating systems will work but are not documented here. Also, the instructions assume that you are using a name brand network card, and in the installation of XP, you have allowed XP to maintain the configuration of your network card. If you need help with other devices, contact your computer vendor or wireless network card vendor.
You will need to install a wireless network card (NIC) if you do not have one. To verify that your NIC card is installed correctly, follow these steps:
- From the Desktop, right click on "My Computer" and select "Properties."
- Click on the "Hardware" tab.
- Click on the "Device Manager" button. Your wireless NIC should be listed under "Network Adapters."
As mentioned above, your wireless device will detect the “hot spots”, and may automatically connect or prompt you to connect. Once you are connected, open your web browser and follow these steps:
- In the lower right hand corner of your Task Bar, browse for your visible wireless network icon.
- Select the "WLAN_STU_GUEST" network name.
- Select "No Encryption" and the lowest level of security (no security).
- Check the box "Allow me to connect to the selected wireless network even though it is not secure."
You should only have to perform these steps the first time you log on.
After you launch your web browser, you will be taken to the Wireless Guest logon page. Enter your WVC username and password, and browse away!
4. What are the gotcha's?
- Security. Although you are protected from the internet by the WVC firewall, your computer is still vulnerable to other WVC wireless users. Use this network at your own risk. Protect yourself by loading current antivirus software on your computer.
- Appropriate Use Policies: Users of the WVC Wireless Student Guest Network are held to the WVC Computer Lab Policy, WVC Acceptable Use Policy, and all state and federal laws regarding acceptable use and copyright. The Code of Student Conduct applies.
- Printing is not supported.
- Batteries: A wireless card requires power. A laptop’s batteries will deplete much faster while using wireless.
- Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to physically plug your personal equipment into the WVC Network.
5. Where do I go for help?
In the event that you are unable to access the WVC Wireless Student Guest Network, please see the Lab Attendants in any open WVC computer lab. Please note: Lab Attendants are available to assist you in connecting to the wireless network; however they are not responsible for configuring or installing your network adapter. Contact your computer or wireless network card vendor for further installation and configuration support.