UIS announces Saxanet, a new campus wireless service, and Eduroam

Yesterday, University Information Services announced by email that Saxanet, a new, more secure campus wireless network, would be installed in various buildings throughout campus beginning in July and August.

According to the message, Saxanet will require students to log in with their NetID and password upon their first connection, and will provide encryption to help protect against “eavesdropping and possible data theft.”

But don’t fret, lovers of Georgetown’s former wireless network—HOYAS isn’t disappearing forever. UIS has already installed Saxanet in Harris, and throughout the summer the connection will become available in Hariri, ICC, Old North, Harbin, Village C, Darnall, LXR, Walsh, Basic Science, Lauinger, Car Barn, Copley, Alumni Square, Henle, Village A, and Nevils. For the rest of the buildings, at least for the time being, computers will still be able to connect to the older, HOYAS Internet connection.

In the same email, UIS also announced Georgetown’s new participation in the Eduroam service. Eduroam (a portmanteau of “education” and “roaming.” Yeah, it took us a minute, too.) allows students to use their NetID to access wireless Internet at other participating universities, of which there are 19 total in the United States.

If you’re confused about how it works, let this caveman help you out:

 

These developments are the latest in a slew of technological increases within the past year, including expansion of wireless services to residence halls. And after hearing Associate Director of Academic and Information Services Donna White say just a year and a half ago that “Georgetown is never going to be on the leading edge” of technology, it’s quite the pleasant surprise.

Photo (obviously) from I Can Haz Cheeseburger.

11 Comments on “UIS announces Saxanet, a new campus wireless service, and Eduroam

  1. Saxanet will require students to log in with their NetID and password upon their first connection, and will provide encryption to help protect against “eavesdropping and possible data theft.”.

    Translation: Saxanet will allow UIS to tie internet activity to individuals, so they can determine who is downloading music, movies, pr0n, etc.

  2. First cameras filming us everywhere, now a record of all our internet use. Terrific.

  3. Wouldn’t it just be easier if there is only ONE wireless network?

  4. I can’t wait to use the wireless network that advertises itself with a police officer snooping over your shoulder (0:45).

  5. All that invisible stuff whizzing past your head right now? GODDAM INFORMATION. And thanks to the current sham of a network, it’s all unprotected and easily captured.

    Seriously, dude. It’s called Firesheep and it will wreck you.

    Even simple log-in encryption goes a long way to lock your shit down. So kindly take your paranoid face and cram it up your ass.

  6. Translation is totally right. Unencrypted internet is totally unsafe. This isn’t about watching your internet traffic, its about protecting you. Stop your whining.

  7. “We’re going to call it Eduroam” -someone somewhere sometime ago.

  8. Glad to see UIS employees read VP.

    There are ways to secure wireless networks without tying them to individuals’ netIDs; if anything, that creates its own host of security issues, since a hacker could then use the authentication process to swipe your netID credentials.

  9. Ha — I’d guess UIS employees are too busy diddling with media adaptors to read Vox. It’s not an ideal authentication process, but it’s a hell of a lot better than what’s there now.

    You really think they’ll monitor traffic though? Are we talking about the same group of incompetent admins?

  10. Anybody else see ‘saxanet’ and read ‘stuxnet’?

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