More About the Wireless Network at Biola

Biola has wireless networks built on Cisco wireless technology. The table below summarizes the networks, their expected use, and the requirements for using them.

Biola Wireless Networks

Network Use Requirements
Biola-NetID
Secure encrypted access for all students, staff, faculty & alumni NetID & password, WPA2 Enterprise supported device
Biola-Guest Open access for guests of the university and devices that lack WPA2 Enterprise support after device registration. Any wireless capable device

Biola-NetID

When connecting to the Biola-NetID network, you may be asked by your device if it can trust a certificate from a server named network-access.biola.edu (Biola's network authentication server). Trusting the server allows your device to communicate with it for the purpose of gaining network access at Biola.

The Biola-NetID network encrypts all network traffic using WPA2 Enterprise, securing your activity from other devices that may be eavesdropping.

Biola-Guest

The Biola-Guest network provides access to guests similar to other open wireless networks, but with limited access to campus resources. Due to Biola-Guest functioning as an open network, it lacks the high level of security and protection the Biola-NetID network provides.

Biola-Guest has these additional limitations:

  • Bandwidth limit of 6 Mbps
  • Restricted access (internet and public Biola sites only)
  • Network traffic is not encrypted

The Biola-Guest network also provides access for devices that lack WPA2 Enterprise support. Qualifying wireless devices may have their MAC addresses registered for the academic year to avoid daily guest registration.

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August 25, 2017
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