Wireless Access - FAQ

1).  What is a Wireless Network?

A wireless network is a radio based extension of the current campus network.  By providing wireless access, users in open locations, like a dining area or lobby, can access the network without the clutter of wires running across the floor.  Wireless access is used in addition to the current network and is not intended as a replacement for wired connections that provide more speed and security.

2).  What is the coverage area of the BSU Wireless Network?

Ball State University Unified Communications offers wireless access for the Muncie campus including academic and administrative buildings, residence halls, and much of the campus green space.  Wireless network access has also been made available at the Ball State Indianapolis and Fisher Centers.  This network is not designed for use outside of these areas and does not function as an Internet service provider for off-campus students. 

3).  Can  I access the Wireless Network at my home?

The Ball State wireless network is a local area network that works on-campus.  All residence hall rooms have access to the wireless network, but students living off-campus will not have access to the Ball State wireless network when they are at home.

Students living off-campus, including Distance Education students, that want internet access at home will need to purchase internet service from an internet service provider.  They can then purchase and set up a wireless router to broadcast a wireless signal in their home.  It is important to note that a wireless network will work best with a DSL or cable internet service.  Using a wireless router with a dial up internet service is not recommended.

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  • Date Created: 9/4/2013
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