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UITS improves WiFi, offers it to visiting students

A screen shot of Eduroam.us shows universities in the surrounding area that offer access to Eduroam. Photo Credit/Chrissy Bohlmann

A screen shot of Eduroam.us shows universities in the surrounding area that offer access to Eduroam.
Photo Credit/Chrissy Bohlmann

By: CHRISSY BOHLMANN
Staff Writer
cmbohlma@iusb.edu

Being on the road can be rough. Every semester, IU South Bend invites many guests from the academic world to campus to lecture, entertain and study. A new Internet service might ease a bit of the homesickness.

Brought to IU South Bend two years ago, Eduroam allows students and faculty from across the globe to connect to free Wi-Fi at participating universities.

“Eduroam is intended for people who travel through universities,” said Phil Mikulak, telecommunications and network director at IUSB. “Someone from Notre Dame could use their username and password to log into our Wi-Fi.”

This Wi-Fi network operates on a global scale including all of the IU campuses, said Paul Sharpe, executive director at the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology.

IU students can use the same credentials they use to log into IU Secure to connect to free Wi-Fi at all other participating universities.

Eduroam.us has a map of all the locations, as well as other information about Eduroam for students, teachers and the public to access.

UITS made connectivity improvements to some areas on campus where signals had been reported as weak, Mikulak said, especially in housing.

“What we’re hoping to do is work more closely with student housing,” Mikulak said.

Sharpe said students should report weak Wi-Fi to helpdesk@iusb.edu.

“We’re always trying to improve the service,” Sharpe said. “Wireless is never sitting still.”

Further improvements to campus Wi-Fi should enhance wireless connections by sometime in 2016, Mikulak said.

“We’re hoping to have positive feedback from a grant we applied for to the National Science Foundation,” Sharpe said. “The internet connection would be ten times faster.”

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