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Wireless Network

About the Wireless Network

At William and Mary, we view wired and wireless network access as complimentary services. Connecting to a wired network jack will always be much faster and more reliable. At the same time, we have a sophisticated and convenient wireless network for "anywhere" access. For two years in a row, W&M was one of only two schools in Virginia ranked on Intel's Top 50 list of "Most Unwired Campuses."

The wireless network is accessible in and around all academic buildings and residence halls, as well as many "greenspaces" such as the Sunken Garden, Yates Field, and Barksdale Field.

The wireless network supports all three major protocols: 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a. Coverage is best using a B or G card; however, faster speeds are available in some areas with an A card. When making a purchase, Information Technology recommends a laptop supporting all three protocols.

There are actually two networks to which you may connect:

  • W-M_Wireless - The traditional network, supported by all wireless computers.
  • W-M_Wireless_Encrypted - This network uses the latest encryption standards to protect your online activity. It requires a recent operating system, and may require you to modify your laptop settings in order to connect.

Resident students are strongly encouraged to connect to the encrypted network to better protect their online activity. Faculty and staff are required to use the encrypted network. Campus visitors, or those without W&M accounts, may connect to the unencrypted network according to the guest access policy.

Please note that the installation of personal access points is not allowed on campus. Such access points present a security risk and will interfere with the W&M wireless network.