Facilities - Wireless Network

Wireless at Geneseo

The SUNY Geneseo wireless network is based on IEEE 802.11 technology, also called "WiFi." This standard allows us to provide networking to computers over radio frequencies in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 5.2 GHz ranges. Our wireless network is comprised of "access points" manufactured by Cisco. If you have a portable computer, you can get a compatible card through any one of the vendors listed here.

Wireless network access is a shared service which cannot be isolated to specific rooms or areas.  For this reason, CIT will never disable the wireless network in classrooms for tests, exams, or other reasons.

Our wireless network supports the 802.11a, 802.11g and 802.11n protocols, only.  The 802.11b protocol is very old and providing backwards compatibility decreases the speed and capacity of the entire wireless network. 

"Wireless Networks" at Geneseo

There are three different wireless networks available on the SUNY Geneseo campus:

SUNY Geneseo
Geneseo Guest
VoWiFi

SUNY Geneseo is the preferred campus wireless network. This wireless network is encrypted and works with almost any client.

Geneseo Guest is not encrypted and requires users to authenticate through a web portal.  This network has very limited access to campus and Internet resouces and printing. Communications over this wireless network can be overheard by malicious individuals.

VoWiFi is a wireless network restricted to telephones. This network is not available for general use.

Authenticating on the Geneseo Wireless Network

We recommend use of our encrypted wireless network using the 802.1x protocol. This wireless network is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and Macintosh OS X 10.4.9+ machines.

Reference: Encrypted Wireless Network (OS X)
Reference: Encrypted Wireless Network (Windows 8 / 8.1)
Reference: Encrypted Wireless Network (Windows 7)
Reference: Encrypted Wireless Network (XP)
Reference: Encrypted Wireless Network (Chrome OS)
Reference: Gaming Consoles, Rokus and Apple TVs, TVs and Network Appliances in ResNet

Current Wirless Coverage on the Geneseo Campus

There is wireless coverage in every academic and residential building at SUNY Geneseo. Many outdoor areas near each wireless building may also be close enough to a transmitter to connect to the network and take advantage of the Geneseo network and Internet. Buildings with several wireless transmitters may still have "dark areas" where wireless coverage is marginal due to structural or electrical interference.  You can report locations with poor or no coverage using this web form.  We will do our best to improve coverage in reported areas.

Reference: Real-time status of the SUNY Geneseo wireless network

Wireless Network Cards

Any wireless network card that is "WiFi" compliant (supporting 802.11a/g/n) is compatible with the SUNY Geneseo Wireless Network. 

Requesting Wireless Coverage in a Campus Building

CIT manages the installation of all wireless access points across campus as well as channel assignments for the wireless access points in order to avoid interference between access points and possible incompatibilities. CIT will perform a site survey and determine exactly what areas will need wireless coverage. If you would like to request coverage in a building where there is none, you can forward a request to CIT at systems@geneseo.edu, completing this web form, or by calling x5577.

Policy: Guidelines Regarding Use of the 2.4 and 5.2 GHz Radio Frequencies