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This is an edited and updated version of an article that appeared in the December 2003 issue of Benchmarks Online. -- Ed.
By Joe Adamo, Director of Communications Services
Use of the Eaglenet Wireless Network is becoming more and more popular here at UNT. A new feature has been added -- guest access -- which should increase its popularity even more.
Eaglenet allows students, faculty, and staff to use their current
EUID's and passwords to access the Internet from a laptop or
personal digital assistant (PDA) equipped with an 802.11b wireless
interface. To access and use Eaglenet, simply configure your wireless
device with "Eaglenet" as the SSID, turn off WEP encryption, and connect
to the network (these arcane instructions are described in more detail
on the Website referenced later.) Once you've established a wireless
connection to Eaglenet, open a web browser and you'll be directed to the
Eaglenet logon page. At this point enter your EUID and password and
you're on your way to surfing the web.
Guest Access to Eaglenet
The UNT AMS system has provisions to create a guest EUID and password that can be used to access the wireless network (useful for visiting speakers etc.). If you have a need for this feature, please send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. You are allowed to add any number of guests to the system and they will be granted access for up to 90 days. Guest access will automatically expire after the specified period (up to 90 days) or you can re-authorize the guest, before their access expires to provide them continuous operation. Guests will be restricted to basically port 80 traffic (like the dorms).
Where is Eaglenet installed?
Eaglenet is installed in high traffic areas across campus, i.e. the Willis Library, the Union, etc., to serve the largest numbers of students, faculty and staff. The wireless web page at www.UNT.edu/wireless has a complete listing of where Eaglenet is available as well as a link to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Eaglenet and how it operates.