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AIRBEAR Wireless Network Upgrade 07/11/11

July 8, 2011

On Monday, July 11, wireless networking on campus will undergo an upgrade. This process will involve the retirement of the network AIRBEAR and the completion of the transition to AIRBEAR WPA2. As indicated by the name, the new network uses WPA2 instead of WEP security. WPA2 brings with it many improvements over the older WEP technology. These improvements will bring faster speeds, more security, greater compatibility and more stability to our on-campus Wi-Fi.

What this means for campus wireless users:

If your device is already using AIRBEAR WPA2, you do not have to make any changes and should experience minimal disruption in service. Once the upgrade has been performed, any device configured for AIRBEAR will not be connected to the network until it has been reconfigured for AIRBEAR WPA2. If you are currently using AIRBEAR, you do not have to wait to change your configuration.

How to configure a device for AIRBEAR WPA2:

Windows 7: Select AIRBEAR WPA2 from the list of available Wi-Fi networks. When prompted enteryour Bear_ID and password.

Windows XP: Instructions for Windows XP can be found on the ITS Website at http://www.baylor.edu/its/ listed in the "Latest News" box.

Mac OS X: From the AirPort (Wi-Fi) network list select AIRBEAR WPA2. When prompted enter your Bear_ID and password.

Mobile devices: Mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, Droids and Blackberries do not support WEP and will not be affected by this change.

If you need further assistance please contact the HELP Desk by calling (254) 710-4357 or emailing helpdesk@baylor.edu.