The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is continually working to improve OSU Wireless. We want to provide the best connection in as many places as we can, to better support our students, faculty, staff and guests. Regardless of at which Ohio State campus you are located, we want to keep you connected.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has been ramping up Wi-Fi coverage across regional campuses. The team expanded Wi-Fi at Mansfield in the past few years, even reaching some outdoor locations. This summer they will be adding access points in Marion and Lima in preparation for the Digital Flagship iPad deployment. At Newark, the OCIO is tackling a new network challenge: establishing Wi-Fi services and turning off an existing wireless system.
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.