NJIT is currently installing a new wireless network throughout the NJIT campus. The new deployment of access points includes simpler to use and more secure authentication methods. The new authentication methods are being introduced through two additional wireless “Network Names” or SSID’s. The current SSID “njit”, all in lowercase, will remain unchanged throughout the deployment process. You will notice faster wireless speeds in the buildings with the new wireless network as the new network supports the latest 802.11a/b/g/n protocols. “NJIT” - The “NJIT” network name will eventually replace “njit” with a more reliable and secure method of authentication, however, we strongly recommend using the new "NJITSecure" wireless network for your everyday devices Upon completion of the deployment in areas where the new wireless is being offered, see below, the legacy SSID "njit" will be removed.
New wireless networks:
"NJITsecure" - Encrypts your traffic and allows you to remain authenticated without having reenter your credentials. It is more convenient for mobile device users. Authenticate using your UCID and NJITDM or ACADEMIC password. For more information how to use "NJITsecure" please click here. The "NJITsecure" wireless network should be used for smartphones, tablets, Windows Domain registered notebooks, and other devices you connect to the network everyday. The "NJITsecure" wireless network should "preferred" over other the "NJIT" wireless network, or the device should "forget" the "NJIT" wireless network.
"NJIT" - authenticate using your UCID and UCID password (Replacement for old "njit"). The “NJIT” network name is an open, unencrypted network; however, the password exchange during authentication is now secure. “NJIT" authentication is accessible via a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox. The "NJIT" wireless network should only be used for the casual connection, a temporary, or loaner computer, or connecting a guest device for a short time.
"NJIThousing" - Currently available only in the Warren Street Village, this SSID is dedicated to residential students and provides them a wireless connection to the networks in the Residence Halls while offering a secure and encrypted wireless network. This wireless network will only be available in the areas around the NJIT residential buildings and should be fully deployed by Fall 2014. Authenticate using your UCID and NJITDM or ACADEMIC password. The "NJIThousing" wireless network should be "preferred" over the other NJIT wireless networks.
These new wireless networks are offered in:
- Campus Center
- Central Avenue Building/Van Houten Library
- Central King Building
- Cullimore Hall
- Eberhardt Hall
- Faculty Memorial Hall
- Guttenberg Information Technologies Center
- Kupfrian Hall
- Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility
- Student Mall
- Tiernan Hall 1st floor (Classroom Portion Only)
- Warren Street Village
- York Center for Environmental Engineering & Science
Current Students, Faculty and Staff and alumni with a valid UCID may use the wireless network after authenticating. If you are an alumni that does not have a UCID you can create one here.
In areas only supported with the current network name (SSID) “njit”, all lowercase, you will need::
- A wireless LAN card that is 802.11b compliant.
- A valid UCID (University Computing ID).
- Knowledge of how to use the NJIT Mobile Network.
A UCID and UCID password is required to authenticate to the network. In the event you are not automatically prompted for your UCID upon accessing the wireless network, you can visit http://auth.njit.edu. You will then receive a login prompt to authenticate your UCID to access the wireless network.
It is strongly recommended that you also establish a VPN connection when using the wireless network on campus. This will establish a secure connection with the network ensuring all information sent and received to your computer remains confidential and encrypted.
Recommended Wireless Network Preference
There are multiple wireless networks available on the NJIT campus, this makes the preference order important. Most devices support a preference order. Should your device not support a preference order it may be necessary to "forget" a network, remove it from the configuration, if it is interfering with your NJIT connection.
"NJIThousing" - Only for residential students this should be highest.
"NJITsecure" - Should be highest for all non-residential students.
"NJIT" - Only used for temporary devices, should be low or "forget" it.
"njit" - Should be low in the NJIT wireless network for areas which have not yet been upgraded to new wireless.
Public WiFi - The NJIT campus is surrounded by public WiFi networks which you may have access to, these networks should be set with a preference order lower then the NJIT wireless networks. This will help you stay connected to NJIT's wireless network, if you are near a window or outside.
All other wireless networks, such as home and commercial networks, which are out of range, can be set anywhere in the preference order.