The University's wireless network (UAlbanyWiFi) provides encrypted, secure access to the Internet for students, faculty and staff on all three campuses. All networks are provided and maintained exclusively for the University community. Access to the UA Guest network may only be obtained for visitors who are sponsored by a faculty/staff member. The University at Albany is a participating Eduroam
campus. Visitors from other Eduroam institutions may access the University's wireless network using credentials from their home institution.
Wireless networks are inherently less secure than wired ones and should not be used to transmit sensitive information. Signals are subject to interference from other electronic equipment, and may be adversely affected by large numbers of concurrent users. While wireless is available in most teaching spaces, all Registrar-scheduled classrooms have fixed equipment to ensure that accessible technology is available for courses.
Wireless is widely available in academic areas across all three campuses, although there remain spaces with weak or no access. Currently, there are not allocated funds for maintaining or improving the wireless infrastructure. ITS is aware of the benefits that could be realized from additional access points, or replacing current points with equipment with greater capacity. We are working with the campus to identify funds to continue improving this critical service.
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There is no charge to use the service but there may be charges associated with the installation of wireless access points.