Wireless Network FAQ

How do I configure my computer to use the network?

To inhibit unauthorized access to our wirless networks, DTS does not broadcast the names of our networks. The first time you use a network you must configure your device so it can find the network. Ask for assistance from library staff or media center staff.

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 are for sale in the computer lab.

Which parts of campus provide wireless access?

The wireless network is accessible in all buildings on campus. Connection may be slightly faster in some areas than in others.

Are there any special rules or policies?

The guest network is intended to support library research not recreation. Students may use their network for personal and recreational purposes as well as research and school business. 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 large files. 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 secure?

Whenever you connect to any network, wireless or wired, public or private, you are exposed to risks. Use anti-virus protection software and personal firewall software. Disable folder sharing and file sharing. 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. 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.