Wireless Network Enhancement project information

Overview | Project 1 | Project 2

Project 2 – Wireless Simplification project

At Purdue Calumet we currently offer four wireless networks campus wide: PUCGuest, CalnetSetup, Calnet2, and Calnet3. Both PUCGuest and CalnetSetup are unsecured wireless networks and will entice a first time or new user to connect. Neither of these networks provide overall information on what network a given user should be connected to. In order to obtain this information a user would need to contact/visit the Information Services Customer Service Center, visit the Information Services wireless website, or ask a friend that understands the wireless infrastructure at PUC. In order to simplify access to our wireless infrastructure for all users on campus, Information Services will be performing the following upgrades over the summer of 2014:

  • Removal of the Calnet2 network on 5/25/2014

    Based on feedback Information Services has collected, the current availability of two secure campus networks (calnet2/calnet3) provides confusion to users. The need to have both calnet2 and calnet3 no longer exists. Eliminating the calnet2 wireless network will avoid confusion and simplify access to the campus wireless network.

    *Note: Users connecting to the calnet2 wireless network should configure their device to connect to the calnet3 wireless network prior to the calnet2 removal date of 5/25/2014. Devices still configured to connect to the calnet2 network after 5/25/2014 will no longer connect until configured for calnet3.

  • Rollout campus wide support for eduroam on 5/25/2014

    eduroam [Opens in New Window] (education roaming) is the secure worldwide federated network access service developed for the international research and education community. Eduroam provides visiting guests from an eduroam participating institution secure wireless access to the Internet. Eduroam also provides Purdue Calumet users the ability to connect when visiting an eduroam participating institution. This service provides the benefit of offering secure network access to guests without the need to provision temporary accounts.

  • Enhance and simplify use of the campus wireless network

    Add a new instructional landing page for users that connect to the Calnet Setup wireless network. Rollout a new open guest WIFI service managed by AT&T. When a new user comes on campus for the first time they will be provided with the ability to openly connect to Calnet Setup or attwifi. Each of these networks will have instructions on how to obtain access to the appropriate wireless network. Connecting to the Calnet Setup network will provide a user the following instruction options:

    Option 1: Click this option if you are a current faculty, staff, or student of Purdue Calumet and follow the web based wizard to onboard you onto the calnet3 secure wireless network.

    Option2: Click this option if you are a visiting guest from an eduroam participating institution. This option will provide instructions on how to get connected to eduroam.

    Option 3: Click this option if you are a visiting guest from a non eduroam participating institution. This option will direct the user to an instructional page on how to connect to the attwifi guest network.

    Users connecting to the attwifi network will be re-directed to an informational page explaining the attwifi guest network and how to connect.

    *Note: The attwifi guest network is provided to allow visiting guest’s access to the Internet during their visit to the Purdue Calumet campus. This network is a public un-encrypted guest wireless network that is not designed to be used by current faculty, staff, or students. The calnet3 wireless network is the preferred secure wireless network provided for current faculty, staff, and students of Purdue Calumet.