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Wireless at CUMC
A new secure wireless network called Mercury is now available. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to begin using it by following quick set up instructions.
The older secure wireless network, Athens, and guest-net unsecured wireless remain available for use as well. Athens will eventually be phased out, we will post information here and on the CUMC IT home page going forward.
Available Wireless Networks
The networks are only available in some areas of the CUMC campus, a full list is on the Wireless Locations page.
- Mercury secure wireless requires annual registration with your UNI account and running a quick set up.
- Athens secure wireless requires a UNI login and following configuration instructions to set up.
- Note that Athens will eventually be replaced by Mercury, please try to move any of your computers and devices from Athens soon to avoid possible last minute issues.
- It is currently OK to use both Mercury and Athens on the same device.
- guest-net is the unsecured Wireless Guest Network.
- It does not require special configuration other than selecting guest-net for your wireless connection and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions and Acceptable Use page, see the further below for more information.
- Only basic services such as web browsing and email are allowed.
Before Connecting to Wireless
As with connecting to the Wired network, all computers must first:
- Have received all critical updates and patches for their operating systems
- Have updated antivirus and antispyware programs running
on the computer
- Be free of viruses, trojans, and other malicious programs
Be sure to have existing systems scanned for these prior to connecting, or they could be blocked from the network.
For connection instructions select the link for your computer or device type in the left navigation column.
Which wireless network should I use?
Can I use other wireless networks that I see broadcast on campus?
- Faculty, staff and students should always use Mercury or Athens secure wireless. A secured network is absolutely required when working with patient data and other sensitive information. Many academic, research, and work-related applications and sites are not available unless you are securely connected.
- Support for guest-net is limited to verifying whether the network is currently operational. Basic instructions on connecting are provided at the bottom of this page as a courtesy only.
You should not unless your department or school officially approves and provides you with proper security and configuration information.
Wireless networks other than Mercury, Athens or guest-net may have been set up without proper authorization from CORE Resources, the group that manages wired and wireless campus connectivity for both CUMC and NYPH. Connecting your computer to an unauthorized network can result in serious security breaches including violation of institutional rules and federal HIPAA regulations for which you can be held personally responsible.
Configuring Your Computer or Device to Connect
If you do not see set up instructions for Mercury or Athens on your computer or device's operating system, it is not currently supported.
See the main Mercury page for quick steps, or select a link in the left navigation under Mercury for the type of computer or device you'd like to use.
Please select the Using Athens link in the left navigation column, then your computer or device's operating system for step by step instructions to set up Athens.
The Wireless Guest Network does not require special configuration or login. Your computer can connect by selecting "guest-net" from the list of networks your computer's wireless card sees within range.
Once your wireless card has connected to guest-net, open your web browser. The browser may display a warning page about
the website’s security certificate as it is connecting to the guest-net entry page. Be sure to select the link to
“Continue to this website” in order to see the Terms and Conditions and Acceptable Use for the Wireless Guest
Network website. You must select “I Agree” at the bottom of the page in order to use guest-net.
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