Beginning 9 January 2012, there will be a passphrase associated
with UWIN on all University wireless access points.
Information and Media Networks (IMN) is making a series of changes
to the campus wireless network to enhance support for the academic
mission of the University. One of these changes is to require a “WPA2
passphrase” for wireless network names (SSID) UWIN, UWIN-MTG,
ResNet and ResGuest. This information provides overview information
on the use of passphrases.
You should not think of a passphrase as a password that goes with a login name.
A WPA2 passphrase is at a much lower level. A passphrase permits your wireless
client (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) to bond with the wireless network.
Without the passphrase, no data actually goes into or comes out of the wireless
network. IMN anticipates changing the password once per school year. On most
devices, you will have to set the password only once per year.
A side effect of WPA2 is that all of your airborne data going to or from your
device is encrypted. This prevents a casual observer from looking at your information
flowing to and from your device to the wireless network.
The UWIN and ResNet passphrases can be found by clicking on the following link: Passphrase Information.
The UWIN-MTG passphrase is distributed with the login/password
information necessary to use UWIN-MTG. UWIN-MTG is used for visitors
that do not have CLIDs.
The ResGuest passphrase is distributed by University Housing with
the login/password necessary to use ResGuest. ResGuest is used
for visitors to Housing facilities that do not have CLIDs.