Do you provide wireless connectivity?
There are two main wireless networks at CUMC, Athens and guest-net. Please see the Wireless at CUMC page for help on using these networks. They are only available in specific areas of the campus.
How can I connect to the wireless network at CUMC?
To access the wireless network your computer must have a wireless card that is 802.11b or WiFi compliant. You must follow the instructions linked to the left of this page to configure your device to connect to the wireless network. This may involve downloading and installing a free encryption program. An active UNI (Columbia email) account is also required to authenticate on the wireless network.
Where can I connect to the wireless network?
Please see our wireless locations list for current information.
What kinds of computers or devices can use wireless at CUMC?
Compatible operating systems and device types are listed in the left navigation column. Specific exceptions and known issues are listed on the main wireless page's Compatibility and Support section.
Can I or my department set up our own Wireless Access Point on campus?
Wireless access points and routers are not allowed on the network unless approved by Core Resources. These devices can cause network connectivity problems for other systems
in the building if not configured properly, and can also mask what computers are using the network. Due in part to HIPAA regulations we must have
contact information on all systems that connect to the network. Any unapproved access points or routers will be blocked from the network
and a Security Incident Report will be issued. Students
that have set up an unallowed device on the network risk losing their network connection as well as other disciplinary actions.
Please Note: Some departments have implemented wireless connectivity in certain locations for specialized applications.
These wireless access points are named something other than Athens or guest-net and are not open for non-departmental use. If you believe your
department has set up their own access points (these must be installed in conjunction with Core Resources), then please contact your department's business office for more information.
If your department would like a survey and estimate for wireless connectivity, please contact the CUMC IT Service Desk to put in a request.
Is the wireless network encrypted?
Athens is the only fully supported wireless network that is encrypted. Guest-net is not encrypted and should not be used by faculty, staff or students whenever possible.
Any wireless network you connect to in order to access most CUMC and NYPH resources, including intranet sites and many academic, work and research applications, requires data encryption. The Athens access points require WPA (connecting to Athens with a Windows
computer also requires the Columbia licensed SecureW2 program). VPN can be used to connect from off campus or public networks. Complete information on installing and using these types of encryption can be found
via the links in the left navigation column.
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