Available Wireless Networks
There are two wireless networks for general use at CUMC:
Athens is the supported secured wireless network on campus. A UNI login and special configuration on your computer is required.
guest-net is unsecured Wireless Guest Network. It does not require special configuration other than selecting guest-net for your wireless card's connection and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions and Acceptable Use page, more details about connecting can be found at the bottom of this page. Only basic services such as web browsing and email are allowed.
Access to either network is only available at specific areas of the CUMC campus, please click here for a full list of wireless locations.
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 step by step connection instructions select the appropriate link in the navigation column to the left.
Which wireless network should I use?
Faculty, staff and students should always try to use Athens. 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.
Can I use other wireless networks that I see broadcast on campus?
You should not unless your department or school officially approves and provides you with proper security and configuration information.
Wireless networks other than 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.
Compatibility and Support
Compatible operating systems are Windows 7, Vista and XP, and Macintosh OS versions 10.7 through 10.5.
All beta and most newly released operating system versions cannot be fully supported. Operating system vendors may have made changes that are not immediately compatible with the network's communication and security protocols. Newly released operating systems typically require time for testing with CUMC resources, including the wireless networks.
Configuring Your Computer to Connect
Please select the Using Athens link in the left navigation column, then your computer or device's operating system for step by step instructions on configuring for Athens. Operating systems that are not listed in the navigation are not supported on Athens due to required wireless authentication and encryption protocols.
guest-net 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.