Frequently Asked Questions

Wireless FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can connect to the UOW wireless network?
  2. Which wireless network standards are supported?
  3. How is the wireless network secured?
  4. How and When can I connect?
  5. Where can I connect to the UOW wireless network?
  6. Does the University sell or loan wireless network cards that can connect to the UOW wireless network?
  7. What can I use the UOW wireless network for?
  8. Can I use SSH via the UOW wireless network?
  9. Can I use an iPhone / iPad on UOW wireless network?

 Who can connect to the UOW wireless network?

All staff and students with an active UOW email account have access to the UOW wireless network.

 Which wireless network standards are supported?

Inside buildings: 802.11a (54mb) and 802.11g (54mb) and 802.11n (11mb)
Outside buildings: 802.11g (54mb) and 802.11n (11mb)

 How is the wireless network secured?

The "Wireless Protected Access" (WPA) standard is used to authenticate the user, and encrypt the wireless network traffic.
Note: Both the network card and network client need to support WPA in order to connect to the UOW wireless network. This should be kept in mind when selecting wireless equipment and software.

 How and when can I connect?

A number of wireless network cards have been tested by IMTS Support and their WPA compliant drivers are now available. When selecting a wireless network card, remember the standards that are supported on campus:

Inside buildings: 802.11a (54mb) and 802.11g (54mb) and 802.11n (11mb)
Outside buildings: 802.11g (54mb) and 802.11n (11mb)

To make the most of the high speed wireless network available inside buildings, it is recommended that you select a card that enables connection to both the high speed 802.11a wireless network and the 11Mbps 802.11g (54mb) and 802.11n wireless network. Also note that the card must support the WPA security standard. The Linksys a/b/g wireless adapter supports both networking standards, and is available from the UniShop on campus.

 Where can I connect to the UOW wireless network?

The UOW Wollongong Campus is covered by a wireless network. Student residences are in the process of having wireless networking implemented and details will be posted here as updates occur.

 Does the University sell or loan wireless network cards that can connect to the UOW wireless network?

Wireless network cards (for PC laptops) are no longer available for loan.

 What can I use the UOW wireless network for?

The wireless network is available to staff and students for access to web, email SMP, SOLS, WebCT and other services.

 Can I use SSH via the UOW wireless network?

Yes - you can access services via SSH via wumpus.uow.edu.au. SSH to Wumpus, and sign on using your unix username and password, and then SSH to the server required.

 Can I use an iPhone / iPad on UOW wireless network?

Yes, but not all applications will work on the UOW Wireless Network.

To enable these applications, turn off the UOW Wireless Network and connect through your own 3G / Mobile Broadband provider

  • Go to Settings - General - Network and make sure 3G network is enabled
Last reviewed: 22 September, 2014

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If you're from a participating eduroam institution you can connect to wireless internet with your username and password.

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