Network Upgrade Summer 2017:

Campus Housing and ITS are upgrading the network in twenty-five residence halls this summer. These facilities will migrate to a secure, wireless service called ResWiFi. Rooms in these upgraded residence halls will no longer have active Ethernet ports.

Apartments are not affected by this change.

Residents in these locations will no longer need to use personally owned wifi routers, they will receive the ResWiFi service.

Residence Halls being upgraded are:

Cowell Turner, Parrington, Beard, Morison, Prescott, Parkman, Adams
Stevenson Casas One through Eight
Oakes Stephen Biko, Hong-Lim, Bayit Elie Wiesel, Casa Dolores Huerta
College 9 Hague (RH1), Gandhi (RH2), and Geneva (RH3)
College 10 Ohlone (RH4), Amnesty (RH5), and Angela Davis (RH6)

How does ResWiFi work?
ResWiFi is a secure enterprise wireless service for campus residential halls listed above. We’ve installed nearly 700 access points in the residential halls.

Computers and most other wifi enabled devices will be able to connect using your CruzID Blue credentials.

What do I need?
ResWiFi works with most 2Ghz and 5Ghz devices. ResNet recommends using 5Ghz for fastest service. For desktop computers, we recommend a dual band network interface card (PCI or e-PCI) for best performance.

Is it secure?
Yes. ResWiFi is an enterprise class, encrypted service that uses (WPA2-PSK, 256 AES) between your computer and the wireless access point.

In addition to the encrypted ResWiFi, SafeConnect is used to manage the residential network. SafeConnect manages student authentication and enforces security policies for anti virus, operating system and application updates.

How fast is ResWiFi?
You can expect speeds greater than commercial hot spots. ResWiFi is built to support the growing demand created by additional devices that most students bring to campus.

Is there enough capacity so that ResWiFi won’t slow down?
Yes. We’ve installed access points in almost every other room so that the coverage within the buildings will be sufficient to meet the demand. We also monitor the bandwidth and speed for best performance.

Do I need a wireless router?
No. In fact, we can’t allow personally owned wireless routers in these newly renovated residence halls because they can create interference with the official ResWiFi service.

What can I do on ResWiFi?
You’ll be able to do your assignments, stream content, use a gaming console.

How will I print?
You can continue to print from your laptop or desktop computer via USB cable or Bluetooth. Printers that have WiFi Direct features will also work. For mobile devices we recommend printing via Bluetooth or Wifi Direct.

What about Eduroam and CruzNet?
Eduroam and CruzNet are still available in many campus locations. We recommend that you use ResWiFi when working in your residence.

What if my computer doesn't’t have wifi?
Computers without built-in wifi can add wifi in several ways. We will post more information on this topic to the ResNet web site in late Summer.

Are there devices that won’t work with ResWiFi?
Yes.

We’re working on a list that includes televisions, VOIP phones, Ethernet “only” devices, older TiVO’s, printers, etc. that will not be compatible with ResWiFi. We will post more information on this topic to the ResNet web site in late Summer.

What about TV services?
TV services will be delivered over ResWiFi. You may use your computer to view our channels or stream from your favorite provider. Many mobile devices will be able to access the streams as well. We will post more information about mobile devices to the ResNet web site in late Summer.

What about my AppleTV, Chromecast, Roku?
Media devices may be connected to ResWiFi. We will post more information about media devices to the ResNet web site in late Summer.

What about my gaming station (PS4, Xbox, Nintendo)?
Gaming devices may be connected to ResWiFi. We will post more information about gaming devices to the ResNet web site in late Summer.

What about the other residential halls?
Over the next few summers, we will upgrade additional residential facilities with ResWiFi service. No schedule has been approved as of Summer 2017.

How do I secure my (printer, media player, computer, etc.)?
Depending on the device, different security methods may be available. Some methods are required on campus networks. For more information about securing a specific device, please open an online ticket with us by clicking here.