Wi-Fi Network

What is the Roanoke College Secure Wi-Fi network?

Wi-Fi computer networking technology allows computers to send and receive internet data via a wireless network. Roanoke College has installed secure 802.11 a/g/n Wireless Standard access points in all campus academic buildings, all residence halls, the Colket Campus Center and the Fintel Library. If your computer is Wi-Fi enabled, you can connect to the Internet wirelessly while you are on campus.

Is the network secure?

Security of the campus network is the primary concern of the Wi-Fi infrastructure. Roanoke College uses the Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) standard to ensure all data transferred is secure from your computer to our servers. In addition, the network also requires authentication with a Roanoke College username and password, preventing outsiders from accessing the college network.

What equipment do I need to access the internet?

You need a laptop or notebook computer with a standard browser and a Wi-Fi (802.11 a/g/n) compliant wireless Ethernet card. Many laptops have built-in Wi-Fi capability, check the documentation that came with your system. You can also connect with your Android device, iPhone, tablet, or e-Reader. 

What operating systems are supported?

Currently the Roanoke College secure Wi-Fi network will run on either a Windows-based machine, running Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7/8, or a Mac running OS X 10.4 or newer.

Instructions to Configure Your Device

NOTE:  Due to the nature of radio waves and the number of possible connections, speed and network availability may vary.  If you experience problems in a covered academic building try relocating to a different part of the building.