years past, the way to go wireless at campus was to lug around
a brick sized cell phone. Thankfully, the campus has evolved,
and communication has become more convenient and efficient
with Wireless Fidelity zones, or Wi-Fi zones. These areas
enable users and their laptops to access email, the web and
other online data without plugging into a phone or data port.
is standard networking technology made available to mobile
devices such as laptops, hand-held PDAs, and certain cellular
phones. Sacramento State provides wireless networking to students,
faculty and staff members through the University-based SacLink
network. Anyone with a laptop computer, the right software
and an account on the system can access an Internet connection
from dozens of locations on campus.
zones on campus have been expanding with the ever-growing
scope of technology and have grown to encompass several large
areas, providing an easier and quicker connection. As many
as 24 buildings on campus, as well as large outdoor areas
in the Library Quad and the seating area in front of the River
Front Center, have limited to full access to the Wi-Fi zones.
A complete list of accessible locations can be found at www.csus.edu/wireless/locations.stm.
the campus residence halls are connected to the ResLink network.
However those student structures will soon be added to the
long list of points for wireless access. The University is
currently launching a Wi-Fi system for the halls and by the
start of the spring 2006 semester, the University plans to
have the conference and study areas in five of the six residence
halls wired as well as the dining commons and the adjacent
quad area up and running on the network.
The Sacramento State network operates on the 802.11B wireless
networking standard. In order to access the network, a laptop
needs to have a card that is compatible. The majority of newer
wireless laptops come with a built-in 802.11B card. The cards
can also be found at the Hornet Bookstore. For information
about accessing the wireless network, log on to www.csus.edu/perfigo.
For more information about the wireless zones at Sacramento
State contact the University Help Desk at (916) 278-7337 or
log on to www.csus.edu/wireless/.