Thiel College has expanded its wireless access infrastructure to over 350 access points since 2014. Wireless access is now available in all residence halls, along with administrative and academic buildings on campus.
Here are a few helpful tips:
To access wireless internet, you will need to add the wireless connection to your computer.
Once that is complete, you should be able to connect to the Thiel wireless networks. If you run into any issues setting up your connection, contact the I.T. Solution Center at x4000. Please follow the guidelines on how to be a good Wi-Fi citizen.
If would like to connect your media/gaming device to the wireless network you will need to connect to the Thiel Gaming network using the instructions below:
In order to access Thiel network resources such as printers and shared drives, you will need to follow the directions in the PDF below. Without this configuration, you will only have internet access and not Thiel network access. This install is only applicable to Windows-based computers.
The College's enterprise network is rigorously engineered and is designed with hardware that delivers higher performance than equipment designed for home networks.
A typical home network is capable of supporting approximately five people and their devices using a single, shared password everyone in the household knows. Our network, by contrast, serves many people in hundreds of locations daily using unique credentials to authenticate to the network.
Home networks also permit WiFi-enabled devices to send out signals to make them easily visible and accessible to all. Our WiFi network isolates devices to prevent a large number of devices being visible to faculty, staff and students. This means that some devices need to be set up on campus using a unique name and password, and others may not work on our network at all.
Additionally, our enterprise access point hardware is more versatile than a typical home AP. It is designed to:
Enterprise AP features include:
Wireless electronic devices designed for home use do not always work with large, enterprise networks like Thiel College has created.
Important: Please refrain from using personal WiFi routers or hotspots. Enterprise WiFi networks, like the one deployed on campus, require careful coordination and cooperation to provide quality service. Network engineers design and operate the WiFi networks in each building to allow multiple Access Points (APs) to work together to provide a reliable and stable environment.
Personal WiFi routers or hotspots significantly and negatively impact the reliability and stability of the College's WiFi environment. They cause the campus WiFi network to deteriorate, create radio frequency (RF) noise, and in some cases make it unusable by others around you.
RF noise can also come from cordless phones, microwave ovens, and certain printers, projectors and other WiFi enabled devices. This is why some devices that can be used wirelessly at home may require a hard-wired connection on campus or not be able to connect to the Thiel College network.
The FCC often receives inquiries concerning the potential safety hazards of human exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy. If you receive questions about RF safety, please refer individuals to the FCC Radio Frequency Statement.