The wireless encryption key (WEP key) to access K-State’s wireless computer network can be a bit hard to find on the university website. One reason is that K-State users and techies refer to it with various labels — including these, in alphabetical order:
- airport key (Macs)
- card configurations
- encryption key for wireless access
- K-State WEP settings
- network key (PCs)
- password for the (wireless) network
- WEP key
- wireless encryption key
- wireless network card configurations
The easiest way to find it? Look for any of the above terms in the IT Index list of resources. Regardless of how you find it, a K-State eID and password is required to access the encryption key for K-State’s wireless network.
Next week, the WEP key will be removed from guest access to K-State’s wireless computer network to make it easier for visitors, vendors, and other non-K-Staters to access the Internet while on campus. The change is planned for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Those who’ve been using K-State’s guest wireless with a WEP key will need to reconfigure their wireless settings in order to continue using the service. See the Windows and Mac steps below to reset a guest-wireless connection.
For new users who connect after the change, the guest wireless network should appear automatically and allow them to connect without entering a WEP key when on the K-State campus.
The guest-wireless network is more restricted than K-State’s wireless network. Guest wireless allows access to remote e-mail and basic web browsing but not to campus infrastructure systems.
To reconfigure guest access in Windows:
- Go to the Control Panel and then click Network Connections.
- Right-click Wireless Network Connection and then click Properties.
- Select the Wireless Networks tab and then select k-state.guest.
- Click Properties.
- In the Data Encryption box, select Disable. Click OK.
- Click Continue Anyway.
- Click OK.
Note : If you use a third-party wireless-configuration tool, follow vendor-recommended procedures for modifying wireless network settings.
To reconfigure guest access in a Mac:
- In the menu bar, click the wireless signal icon (it looks like a little antenna).
- Click Open Network Preferences… and then click Airport.
- Click the Advanced… button and double-click k-state.guest.
- In the Security box, select None, then click the Add button.
If prompted to use information stored in your keychain, click the Allow button.
- Click OK. Back in Network Preferences, click Apply.
- Exit System Preferences.
For assistance with guest wireless, contact the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722, firstname.lastname@example.org.