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.