Wireless Student Network
Connecting to WiFi at WVC
The Wenatchee Valley College Wireless Student Guest Network provides free wireless Internet access to any member of the college community with a student logon account and a Web enabled device.
If you're familiar with accessing wifi, go to your network wifi settings and select the WVC_Stu_Guest network. To login, use your WVC username and password. For more information on how to connect, continue reading the instructions below.
Wireless access points have been installed in the following areas:
- Brown Library, 2nd and 3rd floors
- Van Tassell, Student Lounge and Cafeteria
- Wells Hall, Wings 2, 3 and Campus Theater
- Wenatchi Hall
- Music and Arts Center
- Batjer, northeast wing
- Eller Fox
- Library Building
- Student Lounge
- Friendship Hall
- Omak Nursing
Note: The information resources available in classrooms that utilize college owned and managed equipment are the same as the resources you have in wired classrooms. These resources include your H: drive, and some specialized library data bases. For security reasons, when you use your own laptop, you only have access to the Internet.
- An active WVC network account
- A computer with Windows XP or Windows 2000
- A properly installed and configured 802.11b or g (preferred) wireless network card
- A 128-bit encryption capable Web browser
- A current version of antivirus software on your personal system
- Administrative rights to the computer you are using
Please check the documentation that came with your PDA, cell phone or other device for information on what you need to connect to a wireless network.
Note: The following instructions are for Windows XP only. Older Windows operating systems will work but are not documented here. Also, the instructions assume that you are using a name brand NIC card, and in the installation of XP, you have allowed XP to maintain the configuration of your network card. If you need help with other devices, contact your computer vendor or wireless network card vendor.
You will need to install a wireless network card (NIC) if you do not have one. To verify that your NIC card is installed correctly, follow these steps:
- From the Desktop, right click on “My Computer” and select “Properties.”
- Click on the “Hardware” tab.
- Click on the “Device Manager” button. Your wireless NIC should be listed under “Network Adapters.”
As mentioned above, your wireless device will detect the “hot spots," and may automatically connect or prompt you to connect. Once you are connected, open your Web browser and follow these steps:
- In the lower right hand corner of your Task Bar, browse for your visible wireless network icon.
- Select the “WVC_Stu_Guest” network name.
- Select “No Encryption” and the lowest level of security (no security).
- Check the box “Allow me to connect to the selected wireless network even though it is not secure.”
You should only have to perform these steps the first time you log on.
After you launch your Web browser, you will be taken to the Wireless Guest logon page. Enter your WVC username and password, and browse away!
Consider the following issues when using the wireless network:
- Security: Although you are protected from the Internet by the WVC firewall, your computer is still vulnerable to other WVC wireless users. Use this network at your own risk. Protect yourself by loading current antivirus software on your computer.
- Appropriate Use Policies: Users of the WVC Wireless Student Guest Network are held to the WVC Computer Lab Policy, WVC Acceptable Use Policy, and all state and federal laws regarding acceptable use and copyright. The Code of Student Conduct applies.
- Time Limit: There is a 3-hour time limit on your wireless networking session. After 3 hours, you will return back to the network authentication logon page. In addition, your computer will be logged off the network after 20 minutes of inactivity.
- Printing is not supported.
- Batteries: A wireless card requires power. A laptop’s batteries will deplete much faster while using wireless.
- Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to physically plug your personal equipment into the WVC Network.
In the event that you are unable to access the WVC Wireless Student Guest Network, please see the lab assistants in the Wenatchi Hall Computer Lab (2205) or the on third floor of the library. Please 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 or wireless network card vendor for further installation and configuration support.
You may be typing your student username and/or password incorrectly. Be certain that you are typing the same name you used to register for classes. If you are unable to access the system using what you believe is a correct username and password, a lab assistant may be able to help you.
Note: Since wireless bandwidth is shared among all users connected within a given area, network speed may be noticeably slower when many people are using wireless, and generally will not be as fast as wired Ethernet.