Wireless Access Points
The Liverpool John Moores university wireless network is called eduroam and is available to all staff and students. The university also offers a wireless network called JMUwireless for older devices however this network is unencrypted and not recommended.
What do I need to use the Wireless Network?
To connect to the internet via wireless access, you must ensure you have a wireless networking capable laptop computer. Planning and Information (PLN) currently recommend the use of an 802.11G WiFi compatible wireless network adapter which will provide a connection with a maximum of 54Mbps throughput. Most new laptops and many PDAs come with WiFi built in or you can by WiFi adapters separately. Compatible devices usually display the WiFi logo, shown right.
How do I know I am in range of a Wireless Access Point?
There are a number of wireless access points throughout the various campuses. Signs are located wherever wireless access is available. Your laptop's wireless access software will confirm the availability / strength of signal available. The SSID for the LJMU Wireless networks are eduroam (recommended) or JMUWireless (unencrypted).
Do I need to configure my laptop in any way?
Configuration is minimal. As long as wireless networking is enabled on your laptop it should be able to detect the LJMU wireless networks when you are in range of an access point. Just connect to the internet via your web browser in the normal way. If connecting to JMUWireless you will be redirected to an authentication page, into which you must enter a valid LJMU username and password before you can proceed. Further information on eduroam including instructions on how to connect can be found here.
If you do experience difficulties in connecting, please check the following advice.
Is the service secure?
eduroam is based on the most secure encryption and authentication standards in existence today. Its security by far exceeds typical commercial hotspots.
JMUwireless is an unencrypted and unsecured network. PLN does not recommend this network is used. If it is necessary to use JMUwireless, for example if your device does not support the connection methods required for eduroam, then PLN recommend you do not use software that transmits passwords in plain text, such as POP3 email clients, FTP, Telnet etc. Please note that web-based email clients, such as Microsoft Web Outlook, do encrypt passwords and are safe to use.
You should always ensure that your anti-virus software and operating system are kept up-to-date.
All wireless networks are routed via a gateway that runs Intrusion Detection Software (IDS). If the gateway detects that your computer has a virus on it, your connection will be blocked.
Additionally, PLN will disconnect any unauthorised wireless access points that it detects connected to the LJMU intranet. This is to stop the proliferation of viruses from unaccountable sources, and to ensure that the service is managed so as not to interfere with authorised devices.