- How do I get an account for RUWireless?
Any Rutgers University student, staff or faculty member with a valid NetID (Eden, RCI, Pegasus, Clam, Andromeda, Crab user name) can log into RUWireless using that NetID and password.
If you are a guest at the University but do not have a NetID, any current staff or faculty member can create a temporary login for you using RGAMS.
- I'm trying to use RUWireless_Secure but I'm having trouble getting the installer to work. Who can help me with this?
You can contact your local Help Desk. You can find their contact information here. http://ruwireless.rutgers.edu/index.php?page=support
- Why am I not able to send e-mail from RUWireless?
Sending email is possible, though restricted. Most email clients send mail using the SMTP protocol. Due to a large increase of email viruses that spread using SMTP, RUWireless prevents its users from connecting to non-Rutgers SMTP email servers (ports 25 and 465).
Users are still able to send email through webmail services or through trusted Rutgers SMTP servers such as smtp.rutgers.edu. For assistance in configuring your mail client to use smtp.rutgers.edu, please see the Reading and Sending Email section of http://nbcs.rutgers.edu/services/communicating/email-overview.php.
- Am I able to print from RUWireless with a Windows Vista or Windows 7 laptop?
Support for the 32-bit and 64-bit version of Windows Vista and 7 has been added to the RUWireless Printer client.
- Am I able to print from RUWireless with a Linux laptop?
Printing from RUWireless using a Linux laptop is not supported because the company that manufacturers our printer management software does not make a Linux driver. The company does not have any plans to release a Linux driver.
- I can connect to the RUWireless network, but I am not getting redirected to the login page. Is there another way to login?
If you are in a RUWireless coverage area and connected to the RUWireless network than you should get redirected when you attempt to load any outside Rutgers webpage. If you do not get redirected you should try to refresh your browser after 45 seconds. In some cases when you first connected to a wireless network multiple applications and or browser extensions can try to update all at once making our system think your computer is infected with a virus or spyware. This will cause you to be put in a penalty role for 30 seconds. After those 30 seconds you will be released from this role. Restarting your browser will not help fix this problem. Restarting your browser will just cause all of your extensions to be reloaded thus causing the same problem again.
In other cases the webpage you are trying to reach might not be redirectable. We are unable to redirect all ssl encrypted pages (https) and a few other pages. So try to load another webpage. ie www.cnn.com, www.weather.com, www.nytimes.com, www.foxnews.com.
- I see a RUWireless network in an area/building that is not listed on the coverage page. Can I use it?
While there is the chance that RUWireless coverage can leak into a building not officially covered, it is more likely that someone has put up their own access point and chose to name it RUWireless. Although this is discouraged, since it is confusing for others, there is nothing to technically stop someone from doing it. We suggest that you only use RUWireless networks that are listed on the coverage page.
- Why is a VPN no longer required to connect to RUWireless?
RUWireless no longer requires a VPN because it was deemed unneccessary since most all central services now require application layer security via SSH and SSL.
- Are Pocket PC or Palm based hand-held computers supported on RUWireless?
Currently Pocket PCs and Palm Pilots are not supported on RUWireless, meaning you will need to figure out the configuration on your own, but you are free to use them.
- Why is the wireless connection slower than a wired connection?
There are several reasons why the wireless connection is slower than a wired connection. First, the technology itself is slower, 54 Mbps shared for the wireless versus 10/100 Mbps dedicated for most wired connections. Second, RUWireless uses a QOS bandwidth limitation to provide a fair level of service to all users, else it would be possible for a single user to sit very close to an access point and "hog" all the bandwidth. Third, the amount of bandwidth you get is somewhat determined by how strong and "clean" your signal is, so even though the RUWireless team has made every effort to provide clear strong signals in marked coverage areas, there still remains the possibility of outside interference such as microwaves and cordless phones which can drastically affect bandwidth.
- What wireless standards does RUWireless support?
RUWireless access points support the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n standards
- Are Linux operating systems supported on RUWireless?
Linux operating systems are no longer supported in that no configuration details will be posted for them. You are welcome to configure a Linux computer to use RUWireless using the posted RUWireless settings.
- Should I install a firewall or turn on my built-in firewall to protect my laptop?
It is relatively easy to use the built-in firewalls in Windows and Mac OS X and they do provide valuable protection against other wireless hosts using RUWireless. Please note that the wireless gateways that control your access to RUWireless also act as powerful firewalls to protect you against hosts on the other side of the gateway.
- How do I get RUWireless installed in my department/building?
The RUWireless service is made available to departments on a contractual basis. To learn about having RUWireless installed in your department please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- How do I access the RUWireless Guest Account Management System?
You can access RGAMS by clicking here or going to https://services.rutgers.edu/ruwireless/RGAMS