Resident students are required to install a policy key (they are prompted to do this after establishing a connection and opening a web browser). The policy key will check that anti-virus and anti-spyware programs are installed and up to date, and “automatic operating system updates” are enabled. If these services are not present, the computer will be quarantined and pointed to remediation web sites for updating. The policy key will also look to make sure the computer does not have Peer to Peer software/services running or a router connected. When policy key requirements are met, network access is allowed. After initial installation, if the policy key is deleted from the computer, it will need to be installed again before the computer has Internet access.
Resident students may wish to install an anti-virus application (Symantec Endpoint Protection) if they don’t have up to date anti-virus and anti-spyware already running on their computers. Symantec Endpoint Protection is free to UNF students and protects against malware (malicious software). It is available during the OspreyNet registration process (when they first try to access the network).
UNF’s wireless networks support 802.11 A/G/N standards. Computers, portable devices, and mobile devices that are compliant with these standards will be able to
use the campus wireless networks.
There are five wireless networks available to students. The networks with “Secure” in their names use encryption, and are therefore the preferred networks. These networks will require the student to log in using their UNF ID and Password. The networks without the word “Secure” in their name have limited access and may only be used to connect to web pages. The Guest network is also available for use by visitors. See summary chart below:
Name of Wireless Network
Policy Key Install Required
View Public-accessible material only
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors
Students in Fountains
Students in Villages, Hall, Cove, Landing, and Crossings
* Preferred network to use.
All students really need to connect to OspreyNet is a relatively new personal computer with a 10/100Ethernet adaptor and Ethernet cable. If a student plans to connect to a wireless network, they will want to have a 802.11g or 802.11n wireless adaptor.
Students are required to install a Policy Key to gain access to the networks.
Follow these steps to get started:
Wireless is available for students living in the Residence Halls. Locations vary due to the layout of the buildings and the availability of suitable places to install wireless access points. Visit these links to learn more about wireless connectivity on UNF's campus.
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