(Sept. 9, 2010)--AirRowdy, the UTSA wireless network has changed and it's now even more secure -- and easier to use. The Office of Information Technology has completed a project that has resulted in improvements for accessing the wi-fi network. The upgrade project is part of the OIT Summer Splash initiative -- 11 projects that will change the face of technology at UTSA.
The most noticeable change is that the current AirRowdy network (also known as "AirRowdy_N") has been split into three separate networks -- one each for faculty-staff, students and campus guests. The new networks (SSIDs) are named AirRowdy_Fac_Staff, AirRowdy_Student and AirRowdy_Guest; each user logs in to the appropriate network.
"The AirRowdy faculty and staff network is now encrypted, which means that on-campus wireless users no longer need to log in to the UTSA Virtual Private Network (VPN) before accessing the network," said project manager Dalin Bruns.
Faculty and staff members must configure their laptops before using the new AirRowdy network for the first time. Configuration instructions are available at the website.
When the one-time setup is complete and you have logged in with your network ID (abc123) and password, subsequently you won't have to log in each time you access AirRowdy. Students will continue to log in to AirRowdy by entering their myUTSA ID ("abc123") and password. Visitors to UTSA also can access AirRowdy more easily, simply by completing a short online form before connecting to the AirRowdy_Guest network.
Although the previous AirRowdy_N wireless network will be available until Dec. 31, AirRowdy users should begin using the new networks now.
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For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
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