Wi-Fi changes coming to campus

By: Sarah Martin, News Editor

The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Information Technology Services (ITS) announced last week that UMD-Wireless will be phased out in the upcoming months. UMD-Wireless is expected to remain active for the remainder of the Fall 2017 semester, and will terminate sometime in 2018.

MGuest will be taking over for UMD-Wireless as the guest network option and is already in service. It will feature better security than UMD-Wireless, but will have a slower connection speed, browsing limitations, and require login every time you start a new session.

ITS also announced the addition of eduroam. Eduroam is used in select campuses across the United States to allow visiting students or faculty the option have having fast and secure Wi-Fi even if they aren’t a part of that university. It functions similar to UMD-Secure that it requires you to only log in once, and your credentials are remembered for that location. Eduroam is not as fast as UMD-Secure, but offers the same level of security and no browsing limitations. UMD-Secure will remain the primary Wi-Fi for students and faculty with no changes expected in the near future.

Also, ITS announced that outdoor Wi-Fi access has been added to two locations on campus. Wi-Fi hotspots have been added in the courtyard between Fairlane North and South, and the chancellor’s pond area between the AB, NSB, and CIS buildings.