Communication Technologies

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless networks use radio waves and allow you to move your computer from place to place and connect to the network without having to worry about wires - provided your computer has a compatible wireless network card and you are within range of a wireless access point. University of Tasmania's wireless networks support the 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networking standards.

What services are available through the wireless network?

Once connected to the wireless network you can access a range of web-based services including library catalogue and database services, email and the Internet.

Where is wireless networking available?

Wireless networking is available on all three major UTAS campuses and a number of remote sites.Please see the following maps for current wireless coverage at the Sandy Bay and Newnham campuses.

Sandy Bay Campus (PDF 960KB)
Newnham Campus (PDF 1.1MB)

Is it secure?

Access to the UTAS wireless networks is authenticated and all wireless traffic - including login names and passwords - is encrypted to prevent unauthorised use of the network and eavesdropping. UTAS uses 802.1x authentication to accomplish this.

What equipment and software do I need?

You will need:

  • a laptop computer equipped with an 802.11b or 802.11g capable wireless network card
  • Up to date antivirus software.
  • 802.1x authentication client software (the required software is available to staff and students for free download for most Windows and Macintosh platforms).

How do I connect to the wireless service?

Instructions on how to connect to wireless internet on campus can be found at eduroam.

Are personal wireless access points allowed in student accommodation?

Due to network management and security issues personal wireless access points may not be installed in student accommodation.