Roanoke College

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Campus Network

More than 2,500 students, faculty, and staff computers are connected by a campus network with a gigabit backbone and serviced by a 120 megabit per second connection to the Internet. In the residence halls students have wireless network access and are serviced throughout the rest of campus by wireless network access which covers classroom, the Colket Student Center, common rooms, both quadrangles, and the Fintel Library. 

Ninety-seven servers with over 61 terabytes of storage provide email, file storage, and web pages for students, faculty, and staff.

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, or a Mac running OS X 10.4 or newer.

Instructions on Connecting to the Network on a PC

Instructions on Connecting to the Network on a Mac

Instructions on Connection to the Network using Linux

Instructions on Connection to the Network for Devices other than Laptops

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.