There are Wireless hotspots all over the University - in Learning Centres and Refectories, so you can work where you want. Staff and students can also print on University printers from any device connected to the wireless network and students can use the Internet from most rooms in University accommodation, using wireless or a wired (UTP) connection. Read more about the networks.
How do I connect?
First make sure that your device has its wireless switched on, and get a list of the networks in your area.
There are two networks for staff and students, and one for visitors. They are:
If you can use eduroam then we recommend you do so. The advantages are:
- You don't have to use a web browser to log on each time you connect.
- Everything you send and receive is encrypted while it travels over the wireless network. If that doesn't seem important, have a look at this article about impersonation on the Internet.
- The eduroam network is also available at most other UK Universities and many FE colleges. You can find out more from the eduroam home page.
- A wireless-enabled device. Most laptops and smartphones now have wireless built in. PCs and Macs without wireless can use a USB wireless adapter, available from computer retailers.
- Credentials, i.e. a user name and password to identify you on the network. If you are a member of University staff or a student, you can use your University IT account credentials.
- PCs and Macs need anti-virus software and a firewall. Staff and students have some protection from viruses and malware, but you are responsible for your own security. Current staff and students are entitled to use F-Secure Client Security for Windows (you can get a copy of this free of charge from our download website). For Macs we recommend the free ClamXAV anti-virus software and the firewall built into OSX.