Wireless Internet Instructions
What do I need to use the Wireless Network?
To connect to the LJMU Network via wireless access, you must ensure you have a wireless networking capable laptop PC. Computing and Information Services currently recommend the use of an 802.11b WiFi compatible wireless network adapter which will provide access at 11Mbps. Most new laptops and many PDAs come with WiFi built in or you can by WiFi adapters separately. Compatible devices usually display the WiFi logo, shown right.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know I am in range of a Wireless Access Points?
Signs are located wherever wireless access is available. Your laptop's wireless access software will confirm the availability / strength of signal available, the SSID for the LJMU Wireless network being JMUWireless.
Do I need to configure my laptop in any way to access the LJMU Wireless Network?
Configuration is minimal - provided wireless networking is enabled on your laptop it should be able to detect the LJMU Wireless Network when you are in range of an access Point. Just connect to the internet via your web browser in the normal way. You will be redirected to an authentication page, into which you must enter a valid LJMU username and password before you can proceed.
If you do experience difficulties in connecting, please check the following advice.
Is the service secure?
To simplify connection we do not use any encryption on the wireless network. CIS recommend you do not use software that transmits passwords in plain text, such as POP3 email clients, FTP, Telnet etc. Please note that web-based email clients, such as Microsoft Web Outlook, do encrypt passwords and are safe to use.
You can access LJMU resources via the Off Campus Application Service (http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/offcampus), which is also secure.
You should always ensure that your anti-virus software and operating system are kept up-to-date.
All wireless networks are routed via a gateway that runs Intrusion Detection Software (IDS). If the gateway detects that your computer has a virus on it, your connection will be blocked.
Additionally, CIS will disconnect any unauthorised wireless access points that it detects connected to the LJMU intranet. This is to stop the proliferation of viruses from unaccountable sources, and to ensure that the service is managed so as not to interfere with authorised devices.