These instructions are valid when connecting to the ISR and ISR2 Wireless networks only. While the ISR wireless network is currently the most common across campus, the ISR2 network provides better security through WPA2 encryption and may offer better performance.
IT highly recommends that you configure both wireless networks of (ISR and ISR2) and that you choose ISR2 where it is available. If you need assistance, please contact the IT Help Desk.
Wireless Connectivity Using Android devices
Wireless Connectivity Using iOS devices
Wireless Connectivity Using Mac OS X 5/OSX 6
Wireless Connectivity Using Mac OS X 7/OSX 8
Wireless Connectivity Using Windows 7/Windows Vista
Enhancing Wireless Security for Windows 7
Please note: If you are a guest connecting wirelessly in the Center for the Sciences, Middle College, the guest house, the library, Office of International Education, the Alumni House (613 College), the Gage House (609 College), and Pearsons Hall you should follow these instructions.
For students, faculty or staff who decide to install a personally owned wireless access point or router, refer to the Private Wireless Router Configuration and Policy page .
Accessing the network through wireless laptops and other wireless devices is even more insecure than using the network with a direct network connection. Since a wireless connection is a shared environment, it is possible for your connection can be viewed in its entirety by any other users in the same wireless zone. This means that anyone can view all of the content including your passwords that you send back and forth. It can often be viewed by intruders from outside the Beloit College community if they hack the authentication process so it is very important to practice secure connectivity methods when using wireless.
Encrypting your network connections is the only way to maintain privacy and confidentiality of your content (including your passwords) over wireless. You should always use an SSL connection when connecting to sites that require a password or other confidential content. Please read the Encryption How-To web page. It can be as trivial as simply using https instead of http in the web address.
If you have questions or problems, please contact:
Beloit College offers wireless network access in most academic and administrative buildings. Coverage ranges from 50% access to nearly 100% in these buildings. Wireless also is accessible outside of Pearsons with significant outdoor coverage.
While wireless access is not currently supported in residential rooms, there is coverage on the residential side of campus. The network can be accessed via a wireless connection in the classroom in the basement of Chapin, in the Maurer - Aldrich lounge and more than 75% of the north campus outdoor quad between Chapin and Blaisdell Hall.