Wireless Network FAQ

How do I get the wireless Username and Password?

Wireless network login info is administered by several different departments. How you get the login ID and password for the wireless network depends on your user profile.

  • Current DTS faculty, student, staff. Follow the link and supply your DTS ID and library PIN/password to get the wireless info.
  • DTS grad: Same as student procedure (link above)
  • Prospective student: Contact Admissions Department
  • Leadership seminar attendee: Contact Center for Christian Leadership or library with proof of seminar enrollment
  • World Evangelization Conference participant: Contact World Missions Department or library with proof of WEC participation
  • Guest room occupant: Contact Academic Dean's Office or library with proof of occupancy

Students may also phone the library circulation desk at 214.887.5280. You must provide your DTS ID number and your library pin/password to prove who you are. Library personnel cannot see the pin/password in your library record, so they must go through several steps to verify the information you supply is correct. You can change your PIN immediately if you wish.

How do I configure my computer to use the network?

Where can I get additional troubleshooting help?

Some help here.

How do I connect to a printer?

Wireless printing is not currently supported. Connect to the wired network in the comptuer lab, or copy your files to one of the public computers in the computer lab and print from there. USB flash memory drives (aka: flash drives, keychain drives, USB sticks, jump drives or thumb drives) are for sale in the computer lab.

Which parts of campus provide wireless access?

The wireless network is accessible from any public area of the Library, MMC food court and cafe, Maybee Lounge, Collins Lounge, WSC 104 and 105, CAC first floor plus 203-206, Todd 114-115, and Washington Hall common resident areas. Expansion to other areas is likely in years to come. Connection may be slightly faster in some areas than in others. Power outlets are more accessible in certain areas of the library. Anti-theft security anchors are available on tables and carrels in certain areas of the library.

Are there any special rules or policies?

The network is open to DTS faculty, students and staff and graduates (FSSG). It is intended to support library research and academic work at the seminary, but DTS FSSG may also use it for personal and recreational purposes. Use earphones if you play AV files. We reserve the right to limit recreational use to low demand times of the day. Bandwidth restrictions may be imposed to prevent anyone who is downloading very large files from slowing others. Of course general seminary rules apply such as no criminal use, no unethical or immoral use, etc. Internet sites are filtered for all seminary network access, wired or wireless.

Is the wireless network fast?

The speed you experience will depend on how many people are sharing the access point you are using at the time you are using it. Throughput is quite adequate for browsing the web, email, etc. but not adequate for streaming audio or video. If you need to download a big file, use the computer lab wired connections for best results.

Is the wireless network secure?

Whenever you connect to any network, wireless or wired, public or private, you are exposed to risks. Use virus protection software and personal firewall software. Disable folder sharing and file sharing. (In Windows, right click any folder and pick properties. This will let you turn sharing on or off.) Exchange confidential information over the network only with trusted parties and only when you use strong encryption for the specific transaction such as https using SSL or similar. The library provides no guarantees of security and recommends you exercise reasonable caution.

The library wireless network login requires your browser use https with SSL encryption. This encrypts the login information. But the library wireless network imposes no encryption or security after login. So if, after login, you use normal http protocol to connect to a website, it might be possible for someone to intercept the unencrpyted information you send or receive. On the other hand, reputable commercial websites use https protocol which securely encrypts all transactions. Banking and credit card transactions are normally handled with https. This is true whether you use a wired or wireless connection and it is why the Internet can be reasonably secure for commercial transactions and other confidential information.

Disclaimers

We aim to provide documentation which enables most students to configure their own computers and use the wireless network. We provide limited personal technical support as time allows. We do not guarantee you will be able to connect to network. We believe that configuration changes required to use the seminary network will not interfere with use of your computer in other environments (e.g., home, office, internet cafe) but we make no guarantees and we will not configure your computer to work in other environments if problems arise. We do not guarantee confidentiality of network transmissions or safety of your equipment or your files from theft or vandalism.