What is the Wireless Network?
network is a network available to any Clark College student with
a notebook computer or mobile device capable of a wireless connection. Wireless access is available in most Clark College facilities.
The advantage of wireless networking is the ability to roam about
the campus, without the limitations of a wired connection. Wired
connections still give the best performance and speed, however wireless
connections offer the most mobility.
In general, a wireless connection works just like a wired Ethernet
connection. Wireless bandwidth is shared among all users connected
via wireless in a given area. This means that network speeds may
be noticeably slower when many people are using wireless, and generally
will not be as fast as wired Ethernet. For permanent network connections,
a wired network is the best solution.
Who can use the Wireless Network?
will be available to anyone in the above mentioned areas; guests
will be limited in their access to only Clark College web sites.
have a Clark College account will be able to browse both the Clark
College web sites and the Internet. Access to printing and
lab shared drives are unavailable.
How do I create a student account?
Student accounts are created automatically for all currently
enrolled students on a daily basis during the work week. If you are a newly enrolled
student your account will be created and available for you to use
on the following business day after you register. See instructions
on setting up a student account.
What will I need to connect?
- A notebook computer, tablet, or smart phone equipped with a wireless network adapter that conforms
to the standards of 802.11g (preferred) or 802.11b.
- An operating
system that can support the above standards including PC’s
who would like to browse the Internet will also need their student
logon information, i.e. username and password that is used to
access computers in our campus computer labs.
- Guests will
only need a wireless capable device (however access will be limited
to Clark sites).
- A notebook
computer, tablet, or smart phone equipped with an
internal or external wireless card that is 802.11g (preferred)
or 802.11b compliant.
- Minimum system
requirements for Window and Macintosh systems (see below).
- A 128-bit
encryption capable web browser
If your browser is not 128-bit capable, visit your
web browser's support website listed below to obtain an update.
To connect to the wireless network, you will need a computer
equipped with an internal or external wireless card that is 802.11g
(preferred) or 802.11b compliant. Clark College recommends:
- Windows 2000/XP
Professional (at minimum)
- Windows Vista/7
- 486 (33-MHz)
- 16 MB RAM
- 39 MB free
To connect your AirPort-compatible Macintosh laptop to
the wireless network, you will need a computer equipped with an
internal or external wireless card that is 802.11g (preferred) or
802.11b compliant. Clark College recommends:
- An external
Type II or Type III PC card slot
- An Apple
AirPort card or a Lucent wireless card
- MacOS 10.1
- At least
versions of web browsers:
A wireless network interface card (NIC). It must
support either Wi-Fi or 802.11g (preferred) or 802.11b.
Wi-Fi is what the marketing people wanted to call 802.11b, which
is an IEEE standard. As for installing the NIC, the included instructions
that came with your NIC will help with that. See your computer support
vendor for additional support.
If your laptop/portable
device is a recent purchase, you may want to have a look at your
documentation; going out and buying a new card may be completely
wireless cards that can be purchased at Best Buy, CompUSA, or other
- Dell TrueMobile
- Cisco 350
- D-Link 802.11g
Xtreme G Wireless Notebook Card (DWL-G650)
- LinkSys 802.11b
Wireless Notebook Card (WPC11)
- Netgear 802.11b
Wireless Notebook Card (MA521)
- Proxim Orinoco
- Apple Airport
Note: Does a wireless card use a lot of power? Yes. A laptop's
batteries will deplete much faster while using wireless.
How do I set up my computer?
the wireless network interface card (NIC), if one is not already
installed. If you need help installing your wireless network card,
contact a computer support vendor of your choice.
In most new
laptops, the wireless NIC is integrated in the laptop and you don’t
have to purchase one.
client software and make sure you turn off encryption.
UP A PC
To verify that your wireless NIC is installed correctly, right click
on “My Computer” from the desktop and select “Properties.” On Windows XP/Vista/7 machines click on the “Hardware”
tab and then click on the “Device Manager” button. Your
wireless NIC should be listed under “Network adapters.
UP A MAC
You must have a Mac and an OS that supports an airport wireless
NIC. Once your computer is running and is booted, click on the “Signal
Strength” icon located on the menu bar in the upper right
hand corner of your screen.
Make sure there
is a check mark next to “Clark_Student” and you will
How do I connect to the Wireless Network?
are connected to the Wireless Network, you will need to open a Web
browser. If you attempt to visit sites other than Clark College pages,
you will be automatically redirected to the Clark College Network
Authentication System where you must log in using your student
account name and password.
How you connect
depends on the operating system you are using. Generally, you will
follow the steps below:
- In the lower
right-hand corner of your task bar, browse for your visible wireless
- Select the
Clark_Students network name.
- Select “No
Encryption” and the lowest level of security.
- In Windows
XP, check “Allow me to connect to the selected wireless
network even though it is not secure.”
After you launch
your web browser’s window, you will be taken to the Clark
College homepage. Attempts to access off campus sites will re-direct
you to the student authentication page where you are required to
enter your username and password.
up your Student Account
Information on setting up your Student Account is available at the Student Accounts page.
do not have a Clark College student account, can I still use the
Yes. If you are a guest of Clark College, you are entitled
to a guest account that is limited in access to only Clark College
On Macintosh computers using Safari or Mozilla: In the
Popup Window, select the Log Out link. At the end of each session,
you should log out to prevent others from misusing your account.
Note: If you
browser blocks popups: you will either need to turn popup blocking
off, or tell your browser to allow popups from the clark.edu
When you log
out, you will be redirected to the Network Authentication page.
do I know I'm connected to the Wireless Network?
You can check your network connectivity status by looking
at the Status and Activity indicators on the wireless PC Card Antenna.
The Status light will blink when a connection is made. The Activity
light will blink when data is transmitted.
What should I be aware of?
Use Policies: You are bound by the Clark College Student
Computing Resources Policy and the Student Computer Use Guidelines.
Being connected to any network may involve security risks
including viruses. We recommend using anti-virus software.
Time Limit: There is a 4 hour time limit on your wireless
networking session. After 4 hours, you will return back to the
network authentication logon page. In addition, your computer
will be logged off the network after 15 minutes of inactivity.
at your own risk: Remember the security on the wireless
network is open so anyone can connect. Protect your data by securing
Where do I go for help?
event that you are unable to access the wireless network, please
go to the Wireless Support Station in the Computer Lab 2nd Floor
Cannell Library, and a Lab Assistant will assist you with connecting
to the network. Note: Lab Assistants are available to assist you
in connecting to the wireless network, however they are not responsible
for configuring or installing your network adapter. Contact your
computer vendor for further installation and configuration support.
if I can still not login?
You may be typing your student username and/or password
incorrectly. Be certain that you are typing the information correctly.
If you are unable to access the system using what you believe is
correct username and password, please see any Lab Assistant in
LIB 203 or SHL 135 to help you identify your student username
troubleshooting and support is only available in the Library Lab,
2nd Floor Cannell Library. Support for the Wireless Network is provided
during normal business hours in the Library Lab. The lab hours are available
How do I secure my connection?
YOURSELF! Keep your laptop device
safe by backing up your data files, set up a personal firewall,
turn off printer & shared drives, and use anti-virus software.
browsers include application-layer security such as Secure Shell
(SSH) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) that protect your web transactions.
Download the latest version of your web browser that has 128-bit
encryption strength for using Clark College Student Online Services.
information on security, connectivity & support, visit the Computer
Lab 2nd Floor of the Cannell Library.
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