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Connecting to the correct wireless network

K-State provides wireless network services for university students, faculty, staff, and guests. The three primary wireless networks are:

  • KSU Wireless — for current K-State faculty, staff, and students not living in K-State residence halls or Jardine Apartments.
  • KSU Housing — for current residents of K-State residence halls and Jardine Apartments.
  • KSU Guest — For temporary visitors to campus. This wireless network has no security.

Save the KSU guest wifi

There has been a surge in the connections to the KSU Guest wireless network causing an overload with that connection. Your devices are probably automatically connecting to KSU Guest without you realizing it.

How can you help?

Configure your device to forget the KSU Guest wireless network. After you forget the KSU Guest wireless network, your device will not automatically connect to it.

See the K-State Knowledge Base article “Forget a wireless network connection” for instructions on how to forget a network on your specific device.

In addition, if you have Windows 10, turn off Wi-Fi Sense which automatically connects to open WiFi access points.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk, helpdesk@k-state.edu, 532-7722.

Letter from chief information officer Ken Stafford: Network slowness expected today

By Kenneth Stafford

Today, Sept. 17, the latest release of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8, will be made available. Last year’s iOS 7 update resulted in a 700 percent increase in worldwide network traffic. Network slowness and outages occurred throughout the world as millions of devices downloaded the one gigabyte update. At K-State, the network has more than enough bandwidth to handle the load. However, wireless access points can become completely saturated slowing your access to a crawl.  Continue reading “Letter from chief information officer Ken Stafford: Network slowness expected today”

Campus network upgrades during spring break will cause interruptions in network connectivity

by Network and Telecommunications Services

Beginning Sunday, March 16, and throughout spring break, Network and Telecommunications Services will be performing upgrades to the wired and wireless campus networks.  Specific times and affected services will be posted on the “Status of ITS resources” page (k-state.edu/its/status) as the information becomes available.  Continue reading “Campus network upgrades during spring break will cause interruptions in network connectivity”

Wireless access demand and usage recommendations

by Information Technology Services

Did you know that there are 2,000 wireless access points across campus in buildings and green spaces and the number has doubled over the last three years?  To meet the growing demand and for scalability, Networking and Telecommunications Services (NTS) continues to upgrade the wireless network. To accommodate the demand that experts in the industry predict, universities and high-density organizations will need four times the current number of access points.

According to Danny Fronce, associate director of Networking and Telecommunications Services, more wireless devices are hitting the K-State network than ever beforeAt 9:05 a.m. on a typical Friday morning, 9,234 devices were connected to the K-State wireless network, said Fronce. Fast forward to noon on any given day, when peak usage occurs with 14,000 devices connecting to our network.

Continue reading “Wireless access demand and usage recommendations”

Housing’s “KSU Guest” wi-fi network renamed to “Join KSU Housing”

by Brian Leslie, Housing and Dining Services

On Tuesday, July 23, the Housing and Dining Services “KSU Guest” wi-fi network was shut off. It was immediately replaced by a network with the SSID of “Join KSU Housing”, which is also unencrypted.

“Join KSU Housing” is in the same address space as “KSU Guest” so the network is essentially being renamed.  Continue reading “Housing’s “KSU Guest” wi-fi network renamed to “Join KSU Housing””

Update wireless access on a Mac after eID password change

There have been several reports of Apple Macs having issues reconnecting to the KSU Wireless and KSU Housing networks after a user changes their eID password. The best way to resolve this issue is to select KSU Guest from the network list and run through the XpressConnect process again. This will reconnect them to either KSU Wireless or KSU Housing depending on their specific needs.

For more information and to go through the XpressConnect process, visit the wireless access page at wireless.k-state.edu. For further assistance or questions, contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722.

K-State IT resources that save $$, time, and effort

Welcome, new and returning K-Staters! This back-to-school article provides:

  • Free IT resources that can save you money, time, and effort
  • Information to give you a fast start on the fall semester

— courtesy of K-State’s Information Technology Services.

 1. Wireless networking
WHAT:  Connect your mobile devices to K-State’s computer network
WHERE:  “KSU Wireless” (all K-Staters), “KSU Housing” (res halls), “KSU Guest”
WEB:  wireless.k-state.edu

2. Printing from your personal laptop
WHAT:  Wireless access to printers (and $10 of free printing in fall semester)
WHERE:  University computing labs, and K-State InfoCommons (Hale Library)
WEB:  www.k-state.edu/its/labs/#wirelessPrinting

Continue reading “K-State IT resources that save $$, time, and effort”

Why you need to secure your home wireless network

Recent news out of Minnesota caught my attention and underscores the need for people to secure wireless networks at home. Barry Ardolf is accused of tapping into his neighbor’s home wireless network and sending a threatening e-mail to Vice President Joe Biden, making it appear to have come from his neighbor. As if that’s not enough, he also is alleged to have sent sexually explicit e-mails to his neighbor’s co-worker; sent child porn to his neighbor’s boss; set up a MySpace page in his neighbor’s name and posted child porn on it; used fake e-mail accounts set up in his neighbor’s name; and stole personal identity information.

Presumably none of us have neighbors like Ardolf, but I assure you many of us have neighbors who wouldn’t hesitate to use your wireless network if you make it easy for them. And default settings on common wireless routers do just that.

Here are five steps you should take to securely configure your home wireless network: Continue reading “Why you need to secure your home wireless network”

K-State wireless upgrade coming Dec. 23

The wireless network infrastructure will be upgraded for the Manhattan campus 7-11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. This upgrade will allow for the deployment of newer generation 802.11n access points.

During the upgrade, wireless network service will be interrupted for all locations on the Manhattan campus. Some areas will experience longer outages, depending upon the order in which the wireless access points that provide service are upgraded. If you have any questions, contact network@k-state.edu.

Wireless network upgrade Wednesday evening, Aug. 12

K-State’s wireless network will experience brief service disruptions 10 p.m.-midnight Wednesday, Aug. 12, across the Manhattan campus during a software upgrade. This will improve network security for nearly 1,000 wireless access points on the campus. Any questions or concerns should be sent to the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722, helpdesk@k-state.edu.