The first time you connect a device to one of Ohio State’s secure wireless networks, you may be presented with a certificate to accept. This certificate tells your device the network can be trusted, and it lets you know it is safe to enter your username and password to connect. The current certificate used to authenticate “osuwireless” and “eduroam” networks will be expiring, so the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) plans to update this certificate ahead of that expiration date.
Android version 7.1 (Nougat) was recently released, and users of the OS are now required to have a validated certificate to connect to osuwireless. Currently, only Google Pixel phones and tablets are running 7.1, but it is likely that other devices will soon be receiving the OS.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer’s Networking and Enterprise Security teams are collaborating to modify how devices compromised by malware and other security threats are suspended from OCIO’s wireless networks. Affected networks include osuwireless, WiFi@OSU and eduroam.
Previously, Ohio State accounts were prevented from authenticating on osuwireless and eduroam from any device regardless of which device had been compromised.
In September 2015, we asked students where they wanted Wi-Fi around campus. Specifically, we wanted them to SHOW us by tagging TechOhioState on Instagram. Several students, including the contest winner, shared that there just isn’t enough wireless coverage across the Oval.
Thanks to your feedback, the Wireless Team in OCIO identified the Oval as a desired location for additional wireless coverage. The team added two osuwireless access points on lampposts outside of Thompson Library, to provide a Wi-Fi boost to the outside seating area on the west side of the Oval.
We have some exciting news for Apple iOS and OSX users! Our network engineers have heard your feedback and recently released a new wireless utility (Aruba QuickConnect) that prioritizes osuwireless over WiFi@OSU.
So, what does that mean? Now, after using the WiFi@OSU network to configure your devices for osuwireless, the devices will not automatically join WiFi@OSU, allowing you to seamlessly use osuwireless without intermittently bouncing between the two networks.
We received several entries into the #osuwireless contest on Instagram, but there could only be one winner. Read on to find out which lucky student was selected for the $50 Tech Hub gift card! You can also view all the submissions received.
It’s not surprising to see record usage of technology at Ohio State during the first week of autumn semester 2014, but that doesn’t make the numbers any less impressive! In a single day, OCIO recorded highs of 7.8 million authentications to "osuwireless" and "WiFi@OSU" along with 50,000 simultaneously connected devices to our university network with 91,000 unique device connections. Student’s increasing use of wireless-dependent devices drives this growth, and the Ohio State Mobile App is constantly upping its offerings to meet their needs.