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New Wireless Services Offered on Campus

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Saxanet, Eduroam and Guestnet give users secure wireless access to the Internet while using laptops and other mobile devices.

August 24, 2011 – Georgetown introduces three new services to the campus community that will offer additional security for wireless Internet access for laptops and mobile devices.

Saxanet, Eduroam and Guestnet will be among the services offered along with the HOYAS wireless network.

Saxanet, a secure wireless network, will require a NetID and password login and provide encryption protection as users access websites and transmit data.

“We added these secure wireless networks to further protect users’ data through encrypted transmissions,” says Beth Ann Bergsmark, senior director for university information services.

Saxanet will be available in the Hariri Building, Bunn Intercultural Center, Old North Building, Clarendon campus at 3101 Wilson Blvd., Preclinical Sciences Building, Harbin Hall, Village C, Darnall Hall, LXR, Walsh Building, Basic Science Building, Lauinger Library, Car Barn, Copley Hall, Alumni Square, Nevils Hall, Village A and Henle Village.  

All other buildings will remain on the Hoyas wireless network.

“In the future when buildings containing the older wireless network are upgraded, Saxanet will replace HOYAS in these areas as well,” Bergsmark adds.

Connecting to Saxanet

Once wireless users enter a building with Saxanet, they may be asked by a webpage to identify themselves as faculty, staff, student, affiliate or guest. Faculty, staff, students and affiliates will be prompted to login using their NetID and password. A prompt will appear, requesting a new password if it hasn’t been changed since 2009.

The password update will be for all services including GUMail, Banner and Blackboard, and Saxanet settings will be automatically installed.

“You only have to go through this set-up once,” says Bergsmark. “Your computer will automatically detect the networks for you after that. If you move to a building with only Hoyas, you will connect to Hoyas. If you move to a building with Saxanet, you will connect to Saxanet.”

Options Away and for Visitors

Eduroam allows users to access wireless networks using their NetID information when on travel to other universities using the service.

Guestnet is available if users choose not to log in or if they have a campus visitor without a NetID.

For more information about wireless services, visit the university services website.

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