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  • Wireless Access

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  • About Wireless Network

    Wireless network is an extension of the campus network that provides students, faculty, and staff with 802.11a/g/n compatible wireless access to the campus network and the Internet.

    Wireless Coverage and Facilities Information

    Wireless access covers:

    • Bridges 1st floor (center)
    • CA Art Rooms 163, 167 & 168 - Gaede & Hansen Theatres
    • Center for Business Atrium
    • CMU second floor
    • Dragon Den
    • Grier Hall
    • Hagen Hall
    • King Hall 2nd and 3rd floors
    • Kise Commons
    • Library
    • Link between Frick and Maclean
    • Lommen 1st floor (west end)
    • MacLean Hall
    • Murray Commons
    • North lobby in Nemzek and Classrooms 100, 101, 104, 202 and 204
    • Owens 2nd floor conference rooms and first floor atrium
    • Science Lab Building
    • Weld Hall

    Wireless Usage Requirements

    In order to configure for and use wireless, you must:

    • Be in a wireless enabled facility
    • Be a current student, faculty, or staff member at MSUM
    • Have a valid MnSCU StarID username and password.
    • Have Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later and Linux.
    • Have installed and configured a 802.11a/g/n compatible wireless network card or have 802.11a/g/n capabilities built-in to your laptop or hand-held device. It must also be capable of supporting VPN software.

     

    Configuring and Using MSUM Wireless

     

    Option 1 (Available to Students, Faculty & Staff)

    1. Connect to the 'DragonConnect' wireless network. Please review the documents below for Windows Operating Systems
    2. The first time you connect to the network you will be asked to enter your StarID. Enter your credentials in the following manner: StarID@mnstate.edu.
    3. You will then be able to access the campus wifi network without having to log in every time you connect
    4. Each person is limited to 3 devices attached at the same time
    5. If you attempt to connect any additional devices it will deny access and appear that the wireless network is not available. You would need to disconnect one of the other devices to allow another one to be added and then wait 5 minutes before connecting.

     

    DragonConnect_Win7 Instructions

    * DragonConnect_Win8 Instructions

    **additional information for some devices:

    EAP method: PEAP
    Encryption type: TKIP
    Phase 2 authentication: MSCHAPV2 (Usually, only the Phase 2 authentication needs to be changed)

    Option 2 (Available to Students, Faculty & Staff)

    1. Connect to the 'DragonConnect-Public' wireless network
    2. Once connected, open any web browser and you will be redirected to the Wireless Portal Login page.
    3. Log in with your StarID username and password which is also used for your mnstate.edu email account.
    4. Agree to the Acceptable Use Policy by checking the box.
    5. Click on continue and you will be able to access a limited number of MSUM webpages and all other internet webpages.

    **This connection does not have encryption and should be considered unsecure

     

    Option 3 (Available to Faculty & Staff)

    1. Connect to the 'DragonConnect-Employees' wireless network
    2. The first time you connect to the network you will be asked to enter your StarID. Enter your credentials in the following manner: StarID@mnstate.edu.
    3. You will then be able to access the campus wifi network without having to log in every time you connect

    *Less restrictions then DragonConnect may address some lingering issues with cross machine connections

     

    Eduroam Wireless

    1. Eduroam is a new wireless network on Minnesota State University Moorhead campus.
    2. This network is only to be used by visitors from other participating campuses, NOT by MSUM students, faculty, or staff.
    3. Visitors may use the credentials issued by their own institution to log on to our wireless.
    4. Instructions on setting up this network may be found here. https://www.eduroamus.org/node/26
    5. When logging in to the network, please use your email address or username assigned by your participating institution as the username and your assigned password, i.e. john.doe@someuniversity.edu
    6. Please note that any MSUM students, faculty, or staff visiting other participating campuses may use their StarID credentials to log on to their eduroam wireless.

     

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    1. What is a VPN and how does it relate to MSUM-Wireless?
      VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Typically, a VPN is used to establish a secure network tunnel between two points through the use of strong encryption. Historically, this technology has been used to securely connect employees at home on the Internet with connections to corporate or educational networks that would otherwise be blocked by a firewall or would potentially compromise sensitive data should the data be transmitted in an unencrypted format.

      Security standards for wireless networking are still evolving with various vendors offering support for different standards on Windows and handheld device platforms. Some of these wireless security methods to date have been subject to compromise. MSUM-Wireless uses proven VPN technology to connect Wireless users and handheld devices in a more secure and consistent manner.
    2. My VPN Client randomly drops its connection when I do not want it to disconnect. Can I prevent this from happening?
      1. XP Firewall - connection dropping after a few minutes
        Those using the Cisco VPN Client, on a system running Windows XP, with the Firewall feature enabled, may experience timeout problems (your session may disconnect within 5 minutes) if the following type of traffic is not allowed to pass through the firewall: UDP port 500.

        Any customers using a home router or "NAT" (Network Address Translations) box* should not experience any problems whatsoever. *Devices that are used to share Internet connections within the home - connecting to Cablemodem services (e.g. Cogeco) or High-Speed DSL services (e.g. Sympatico) - from manufacturers such as SMC, NetGear, Linksys, D-Link and Microsoft. Changes required to avoid timeout issues:
        1. Start->Control Panel->Windows Firewall Under the "General" Options Tab, ensure that the "Don't allow exceptions" is NOT checked). That is, you DO want to allow exceptions.
        2. Next, select the Exceptions Tab
        3. Select "Add Port"
        4. Specify a Name for this exception, in the "Name:" field (call it anything you like. Example: UDP500)
        5. Specify 500 as your Port number
        6. Select UDP
        7. Select OK
        8. Select OK again, to close the Windows Firewall window.
         
      2. We have also had cases where the wireless software for your wireless LAN card is outdated. If you continue to experience disconnects after applying the above fix, it is suggested that you update your wireless LAN drivers on your PC or laptop.
       
    3. What is the DragonConnect network?
      The wireless network is an extension of MSUM's wired network infrastructure, which provides increased mobility and flexibility for campus network users. The network consists of a number of 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n compatible wireless access points throughout campus.
    4. What does DragonConnect allow me to do?
      Students, faculty, and staff can use the DragonConnect network to access the Internet and MSUM resources, such as e-mail, without having to plug into a wired jack.
    5. Can I use any Internet application I have on my computer?
      Yes, although network bandwidth is regulated for peer-to-peer music sharing programs. You are advised not to set up shared folders without passwords. We also recommend having antivirus software and firewall software installed on your computer.
    6. Who can use this service?
      Any current student, faculty or staff member with an active StarID username can use the wireless network. You must know your password. Community patrons are not granted access. Visiting presenters and scholars must request guest access through the help desk.
    7. Is wireless access available in the residence halls?
      Yes it is. However, this access is not part of the DragonConnect Network. Please contact the Housing office to determine the steps in getting it setup.
    8. What are the requirements for using DragonConnect?
      You must be a current student, staff or faculty member with an active StarID username.
    9. How do I set up DragonConnect?
      Information on requirements for use and instructions on how to set up DragonConnect are provided on the MSUM Wireless web site.
    10. What hardware does DragonConnect require?
      To use the wireless network, a laptop computer or other portable device is needed with 802.11b or 802.11g wireless capabilities.
    11. What kind of wireless card should I buy?
      Any 802.11a or 802.11g network card should work with the DragonConnect network. 802.11g cards are backward compatible and will work with 802.11b access points you may have at home and vice versa.
    12. What operating systems are compatible?
      Supported operating systems include Windows Vista or newer, and MacOS 10.2.8 or newer.
    13. Will my built-in wireless card work? 
      Some computer companies offer built-in products with laptops and handheld devices as an optional feature. As long as the products are compatible with the 802.11b or 802.11g standards, they should work with the DragonConnect networks, though performance may vary.
    14. Do I still need a regular (wired) Ethernet card?
      Generally, the answer is yes. Most mobile users will want to use their computer on the wired network where available, in addition to the wireless networks. Wireless makes a great choice when the need for flexibility and mobility is required and also for basic Internet activities, but it is not as desirable when transferring large files or performing many simultaneous network activities.
    15. Can I set up a wireless network?
      No. Setting up wireless access point on campus (non residence halls) is PROHIBITED. Wireless technology is easy to deploy but is also easily misconfigured and can interfere with other MSUM provided wireless access devices. In addition, access points can act as routers or DHCP servers if configured incorrectly, which can disrupt service to other network users. They also can compromise security and privacy, because anyone within range of an unsecured access point could collect traffic. Essentially, open wireless networks allow unauthorized access to the university network resources.

      If wireless access is not available in an on campus area and you feel it should be, contact the MSUM IT department. Issues of security and privacy eclipse other issues, because anyone within range of an unsecured access point could collect traffic. Any port that is found to have an unauthorized access point attached will be shut down and disciplinary action will be sought.
    16. How secure is the wireless network?
      Wireless network security is a serious issue. Wireless is not only a shared medium, but also a medium that is broadcast via radio waves. Therefore, anyone with a wireless card could monitor network traffic, which could include passwords and account numbers, unless traffic is encrypted. MSUM does use encryption via the use of a CISCO VPN Client on the DragonConnect and DragonConnect-Employee options ONLY. DragonConnect-Public is NOT encrypted and should be considered unsecured.
    17. What are 802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g?
      802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g are standards in regard to wireless communication that have been developed by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers). The IEEE is an international organization that develops standards for hundreds of electronic and electrical technologies. The organization uses a series of numbers, like the Dewey Decimal system in libraries, to differentiate between the various technology families.

      The 802 committee develops standards for local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs). 802.11 is then further divided. 802.11b, or Wi-Fi, is a standard for wireless LANs operating in the 2.4 GHz spectrum with a maximum shared bandwidth of 11 Mbps (megabits per second). 802.11a is a different standard for wireless LANs operating in the 5 GHz frequency range with a maximum data rate of 54 Mbps. Another standard, 802.11g, is for WLANs operating in the 2.4 GHz frequency but with a maximum data rate of 54 Mbps. 802.11g uses the same technology as 802.11b but the bandwidth (speed) has increased.
    18. Does wireless interfere with other devices?
      Yes, any 2.4GHz device that is near the wireless access point or wireless card can affect the performance and may shut off your network connection. These devices are usually microwave ovens in close range, cordless phones, cameras and other 2.4GHz wireless devices. Unauthorized access points can also interfere with the DragonConnect network.