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UTSA AirRowdy Wi-Fi system is active

(Sept. 16, 2004)--AirRowdy, the UTSA wireless project, was activated this week at Sombrilla Plaza and the John Peace Library Building food court on the 1604 Campus, according to the Office of Information Technology Support Services.

Another active wireless hot spot is the new Main Building, with the University Center next to come online in the near future.

This means that anyone in the UTSA community with a wireless-capable PC can connect to the UTSA network at the new hot spots. Hot spots are areas where equipment known as access points provides a connection to a computer network without a phone line or cable modem.

Users must log on to the network with their Student Computing Lab logon ID (students) or UTSA network logon ID (faculty and staff). Visitors to UTSA are allowed limited access to AirRowdy.

The Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) project, known as AirRowdy in honor of the university mascot, Rowdy Roadrunner, allows users with laptop PCs to surf the Internet, visit the UTSA Web site and search the library catalog.

In order to access most services such as the ASAP student information system, students will log on to the network using their student computing lab user I.D. and password. Faculty and staff will use their UTSA network user I.D. and password.

Faculty and staff members who want to access systems or computer applications not available via the Web must install the UTSA VPN client on their laptops.

Users who are not current students or faculty/staff members will be able to access only the UTSA and UTSA Library Web sites. For more extensive access, guests must complete an access form and ask the department they are visiting to submit the form to the Help Desk in order to have a new account created.

Wireless users must have a laptop PC with an installed Network Interface Card (NIC) that supports the 802.11g wireless protocol as well as a Java-enabled Web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape.

The eighteen-month wireless project ultimately will provide wireless access at all three UTSA campuses -- 1604, Downtown and Institute of Texan Cultures -- with wireless hot spots available in classrooms and common meeting areas.

For more information, contact Charlotte Colbert, director of UTSA Technology Support Services, at 210-458-5886.

Read more at the AirRowdy Web site, the official UTSA Wi-Fi information resource.

--Alex Morones

University Communications
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