1. The WiFi hotspots on campus

The university is currently busy with plans to expand the network to residences, teaching venues, offices and public spaces that do not have WiFi access, according to the director of the Computer Network Services Xolani Hadebe.

 

A map showing the Wi-Fi hotspots on campus. Photo: Wits University Knowledge and Information Management

A map showing the Wi-Fi hotspots on campus. Photo: Wits University Knowledge and Information Management

2. Safety comes first

Unprotected WiFi networks can be risky; here are some tips to keep your information safe from the Director of the Computer Network Services (CNS) of Wits University, Xolani Hadebe

  • Change your password regularly- monthly if possible
  • Never share passwords with students, staff or technicians
  • The passwords should be complex and should have capitals, numbers and a special character
  • Be aware of phishing emails. The university will never ask to verify passwords or credentials
  • Turn the auto-connect settings on your device off
  • Install anti-virus software on to all devices including mobile devices
  • Be aware of downloading from unsecure sites that often lure you in with free content

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3. Campus WiFi speed

The speed of the connection differs depending on the traffic on the WiFi network. The highest number of devices connected at the same time on the Wits WiFi has been 5000 to 5500, according to the CNS’s assistant director Rosa Kotsiovos.  However no policy has yet been introduced to limit the amount of devices that a user can register, according to the CNS’s assistant director Hanish Patel.

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4. WiFi terms explained

Network- A wireless local area is known as WLAN and allows two or more devices to communicate using radio waves instead of wires

Access point- This is a central device that broadcasts a WiFi signal to connect to devices

Router- This is a wireless access point that allows a network of wireless devices to communicate

Security Type- The wireless network is protected by authorized access by security protocols that provide stronger data protection. The most popular being WEP, WPA and WPA2

Signal Level- This is the strength of the radio waves that transfer signal and is usually measure in decibels

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5. Do Witsie’s use the campus WiFi?

Sabelo Makagbo inside University Corner at Wits University. Photo: Tanisha Heiberg

Sabelo Makagbo inside University Corner at Wits University. Photo: Tanisha Heiberg

 

Sabelo Makagbo said, “No because technology is too hard for me to comprehend…I don’t even know how to [connect to WiFi].”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tahlia Govender on East Campus at Wits University. Photo: Tanisha Heiberg

Tahlia Govender on East Campus at Wits University. Photo: Tanisha Heiberg

 

Tahlia Govender said, “Yes…it works pretty well but I think depending on what you are doing…it doesn’t seem to load things fast enough.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still not connected to WiFi?

If you are tech savvy you can set up your own device by clicking here and following the instructions.

Alternatively you can take your device to the Library Computer Services from Monday to Thursday between 14:00 and 15:00, for help setting up your wireless devices.