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Wireless Access

Wireless is available in all buildings on campus which enables you to move your laptop without losing your connection. The wireless network is based on the 802.11g (Wi-Fi) standard which operates at up to a 54 Megabit/second data transmission rate. The (G) standard is backwards compatible with the slower 802.11b (Wi-Fi) standard.
 

Connecting to Babson's Wireless Network

ITSD currently provides two wireless networks for users to choose from:
 
1. ‘babson’ - Babson's primary wireless network is broadcast with the SSID babson. This more secure wireless connection is the preferred method when using Babson College network resources. This configuration allows access to network shares, e-mail, and printers located around campus.
 
2. ‘OpenWireless’ - A secondary wireless network is broadcast with the SSID OpenWireless. This connection is for individuals who are not able to connect to the ‘babson’ secured network and for visitors to the campus who would like internet access while on campus.
 

More Information

How does wireless networking work?
Wireless networking consists of two components; a wireless networking card installed in your laptop, and a series of base stations located in specific areas of the Babson campus. When a wireless card is installed and activated on your laptop, it searches for a network signal broadcast from one or more base stations located in buildings across campus. Once a wireless card captures a clear network signal, the laptop connects to the Babson network just as if it was connected to a conventional wired ethernet jack.
 
What about safety? Is there any hazard from the radio waves emitted by my wireless networking card or by the wireless base stations?
The wireless networking equipment used at Babson operates on frequencies similar to advanced cordless telephones (2.4 gigahertz). This equipment has not been shown to represent a hazard to users.
 
What are the known limitations of Wireless Network Service?
Service may not be available in every part of every building. Construction features, especially those containing metal, interfere with network signal propagation. While every effort has been made to evenly spread signal coverage, "dead spots" may exist.
 
Wireless network service is "shared". This means that you are sharing the network connection with other users in the area where you are working. As more users enter your airspace and request a wireless network connection, the apparent speed of your connection will decrease.
 
The data rate (speed) between a laptop and the wireless network is slower than a direct connection to the wired network.  For web browsing and e-mail access, most users will find this speed satisfactory. Users desiring to perform large file downloads or transfers may find that a traditional "wired" network connection provides a more satisfactory experience.
 
There are certain technologies which may cause interference with wireless networking services. These include 2.4gHz cordless telephones and certain security alarm and sensing devices.