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
||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|
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.
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.