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Wireless at CUMC

Available Wireless Networks

There are two supported wifi networks on the CUMC campus:
  • Mercury secure wireless requires annual registration with your UNI account and running a quick set up.
  • 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.
The networks are only available in some areas of the CUMC campus, a full list is on the Wireless Locations page.

NOTE: An older wireless network called Athens was decommissioned. Mercury is available in the all of the same areas and must be used instead of Athens.

Before Connecting to Wireless
As with connecting to the Wired network, all computers must first:
  1. Have received all critical updates and patches for their operating systems
  2. Have updated antivirus and antispyware programs running on the computer
  3. 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?
  • Faculty, staff and students should always use Mercury 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.
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 Mercury 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 on your computer or device's operating system, it is not currently supported.
  • Mercury
    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.
    NOTE: Windows computers that are on the MC domain may automatically connect to Mercury when a valid MC account logs in. If not please follow steps to Set Up Mercury on Windows.
  • 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.

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Last updated 11/20/2018