UAF’s Wild Wireless Web Gets New Sheriff: UAlaska
Jeremy Smith / Sun Star Reporter
August 30, 2011
There’s a new law in town. Starting this semester, you need to log into your University of Alaska – Fairbanks (UAF) account to access the university’s wireless internet service. UAFnet – the previous way of accessing UAF’s wireless campus connection – has been replaced with UAlaska, according to an Aug. 9 press release sent out by UAF’s Office of Information Technology (OIT).
Under UAFnet, users located the available wireless network and the university granted them access — regardless of whether it was through a smartphone, laptop, game console or tablet.
There are a few new changes for wireless users under UAlaska:
- Users must first log in to UAlaska with their UA usernames and passwords if they want full wireless access
- Guest account (no login) options are available, but have a 256k bandwidth limit (which may make it difficult to stream videos)
- Smartphone users need to log in to UAlaska via browser prior to Internet and web-based application access
- Video game consoles are no longer supported via a wireless connection
- When wireless devices are turned off or go to sleep, they will lose connection and require another login
To prevent users from losing their connection, OIT is offering the eduroam service for Mac, PC and iOS devices. Eduroam will store your credentials and automates the log in process, allowing computers and wireless devices to quickly reconnect to the network.
“UAlaska provides a more secure wireless network while continuing to provide fast, reliable service for UA customers and their guests,” according to the OIT press release.
Wireless users in the Butrovich Building can continue to use the existing ButroSW connection for now, but it will be discontinued and run out of town by UAlaska later this year.
If you encounter any problems with the change to UAlaska or have questions, the OIT Support Center invites you to contact them at 907-450-8300 or email@example.com.