If you have additional questions or are experiencing difficulties using the wireless network, please contact support at (785) 670-3000 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, all students, faculty, and staff are allowed up to 4 registered devices on the campus network, not including Washburn-supplied systems.
Most new laptops have an external switch on them. Check around your keyboard and around the sides of the laptop for a switch or button. Some laptops have a software switch and use a combinations of keys to activate it. You may have to consult your laptop provider’s documentation to turn it on.
Majority of Washburn's network supports 802.11n, which is backwards compatible with older standards. If purchasing a new device, we suggest purchasing a device that is "dual-band", which means it will work in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. 802.11ac is a newer standard that is backwards compatible and will also work on our network.
For a number of reasons there are certain things that are not allowed on the campus network. This is for your safety and security, and to ensure that you don’t inadvertently cause problems for others on the campus network. Use of the campus network is governed by the Washburn Acceptable Use Policy, below are some examples of things that we do not allow on the campus network:
In general, you will be fine if you bring your computer, but please leave the networking to us.
WiFi is a “shared medium”, which means that each device connected on a particular channel shares the connection at the same time. Additionally, wireless networks are half-duplex, which means only one device can be transmitting at a time. These two factors can cause a decrease in speed as more devices connect to the network. At home you may be sharing your WiFi with 4 or more device, but in a large environment, like Washburn University, you may be sharing the connection with 20 or more devices per access point. While the network at Washburn is designed to handle this load there are limitations to the technology available at this time.
There are several factors that may lead to a disconnection. If the signal strength drops too low your device might lose its connection. Interference might be playing a role as well. WiFi uses a frequency range that does not require an FCC license and several other devices can use this frequency band as well. Microwave ovens, some cordless phones, baby monitors, and Bluetooth devices all operating in the 2.4 GHz range (same as WiFi) and may cause interference while in operation. Microwaves in particular can cause interference, as the output power of a microwave oven is several times that of a WiFi transmitter.
There are a few things that you can do if you are student in Residential Living.
Washburn University has three wireless networks for students, faculty, staff and/or guests to use. They are named WashburnGuest, Washburn, and WUPrivate.
The WashburnGuest network is for short term guest access. Guests visiting Washburn University or Washburn Institute of Technology may use the WashburnGuest network for up to three days. WashburnGuest is restricted to a few common Internet applications. See Conference and Guest Access for more details.
The Washburn network is for general use by students, faculty, staff, and long term guests of Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology. You must register your device on the network prior to use. Simply connect to the Washburn network and open a web browser. You should be redirected to a registration page, fill out the form and follow the instructions on the page. This network is not encrypted, please make sure all websites asking for personal data use HTTPS. See Security of Wireless Connections.
The WUPrivate network is for faculty and staff use only. It is encrypted and will require your WUAD credentials to authenticate.
These are the only networks operated by Washburn University for use by students, faculty, staff, and guests. If you see other networks when looking for a WiFi connection they are either not intended for students, faculty, staff, or guests to connect to or are not owned and operated by the university.