Dorm Wireless is Here!

How fast is the Wi-Fi in my dorm?

Very Fast! The dorm Wi-Fi was built using the latest technology from Cisco. The world leader in networking equipment. All of our wireless access points support the latest 802.11ac WAVE 2 that can deliver up to 460Mbs speeds to devices. The wired network connections in each dorm room is only 100mbs.

Personal Routers

Personal routers are not permitted on any OSUIT network because they interfere with the operation of the network. Personal routers use the same frequencies that the OSUIT wireless system uses. This causes interference and disrupts students who are trying to use the campus Wi-Fi.

Secure Wireless Options

OSUSTAFF and OSUSTUDENT are secured with WPA2-enterprise encryption. This encryption keeps your data MUCH safer when using a device on Wi-Fi. If you are a student or staff member, simply choose the appropriate SSID on your device and use your OKEY information to log in.

Open Wireless Option

OSURESLIFE is a new network that does not require encryption. It is only available in the Residential Halls and Apartments (where Wi-Fi is available), it will not work across the rest of campus.

If you have devices you would like to connect to Wi-Fi that don't support WPA2-enterprise encryption but do support open networks (such as smart TV's, Roku/AppleTV, kindle/nook e-readers, game consoles, etc...), you can register them to connect to the OSURESLIFE network.

Please keep in mind that this network is unencrypted. You should approach this network with the same caution as you would an open Wi-Fi network in a coffee shop. You should never use a device on this network to connect to any website or service where your personal information could be at risk. When possible (such as with Smart TV's and Game Consoles) it is much safer and more reliable to simply plug these devices into the wired network with an ethernet cable.

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Access Points

460

Mbps Speed

4050

CONNECTIONS AVAILABLE

Frequently Asked Questions

The primary differences between the two frequencies are the range (coverage) and bandwidth (speed) that the bands provide. The 2.4 GHz band provides coverage at a longer range but transmits data at slower speeds. The 5 GHz band provides less coverage but transmits data at faster speeds.

Your Wi-Fi connection on a particular frequency band can also be faster or slower because of interference from other devices. Many Wi-Fi enabled technologies and other household devices use the 2.4 GHz band, including microwaves and garage door openers. When multiple devices attempt to use the same radio space, overcrowding occurs. The 5 GHz band tends to have less overcrowding than the 2.4GHz band.

The good news is we installed several access points in every building. All dorm rooms are within 30 feet of an access point and we have tested to verify that each dorm room can receive the 5Ghz band.

OSURESLIFE is a new network that does not require encryption. It is only available in the Residential Halls and Apartments (where Wi-Fi is available), it will not work across the rest of campus.

If you have devices you would like to connect to Wi-Fi that don't support WPA2-enterprise encryption but do support open networks (such as smart TV's, Roku/AppleTV, kindle/nook e-readers, game consoles, etc...), you can register them to connect to the OSURESLIFE network.

Please keep in mind that this network is unencrypted. You should approach this network with the same caution as you would an open Wi-Fi network in a coffee shop. You should never use a device on this network to connect to any website or service where your personal information could be at risk. When possible (such as with Smart TV's and Game Consoles) it is much safer and more reliable to simply plug these devices into the wired network with an ethernet cable.

To add a new device you will need to know the Wireless Mac address of the device. Sometimes this Wireless Mac address can be found on a sticker on the device. Other times you must dig into the device settings to find it.

Often a google search for "device find wireless mac address" will get you straight to the instructions you need. eg. "Roku find wireless mac address" or "Samsung Smart TV find wireless mac address"

Once your device is registered, you can then connect it to OSURESLIFE (no username and password will be required since this is an open/unencrypted network). Click here to submit a request.

Personal Wi-Fi routers use the same channels that our OSU Wi-Fi system uses. This causes interference and students who are trying to use the OSU Wi-Fi will experience problems. These problems including getting dropped off the network and slow network connectivity. To ensure that all students can enjoy the campus Wi-Fi we are requiring that every student turn off their wireless routers and discontinue using them.

In order to use your personal router as a switch you have to disable the wireless. Leaving the wireless turned on will result in having your network jack turned off and possible disciplinary actions taken.

Please contact Reslife. They will verify that the campus Wi-Fi is not available in your room and contact Technology services if needed.