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September 27, 2004

Issue No. 66

Table of Contents

Highlights and Features

Grokker at Stanford
CourseWork-Fall 2004
File-Sharing-Consequences
File-Sharing Myths
File-Sharing Resources
IT Open House October 28
Tech Help for Faculty
Essential SU Software
Desktop Computer Security
Security Self-Help Tool
Wireless Access-SU Visitors
SULAIR Home Page Update
SU Course Support Web Site copy

Library Resources

SULAIR Image Collections
SKIL Tutorial Enhanced
Scholars Workshops for Fall
Social Science Data
Literary Studies Database
New Lane Library Web Site
Firing Line TV Program
ArcGIS 9 Available
SSRC Past Events Online
BIOSIS Changes
HighWire Press-New Journals
EuroNews Web Site

Computing News

Accessible Web Pages
AFS Disk Quota Increased
Online Lecture Assessment
Teaching with Technology
Resources for SU Webmasters
ATS Program-New Projects
ATL Project Showcase
Spam Deletion Tool
ITSS Training Services
Training Registration
HelpSU Streamlined
New Webmail Is Here
Printing in Sweet Hall
Sweet Hall Consulting
Mac OS X Migration
PeopleSoft System Upgraded
Bookstore Computer Store
Courselets for SU Community
Sundial Calendar Changes
TeamSpace in Meyer Library
Meyer Classrooms
Meyer Tech Desk Update
Technology Help on Web

Campus Wide Wireless Access for Stanford Visitors

Stanford hosts many visitors on any given day. Some come to campus as potential students with their families, some are vendors on campus for meetings, some are alumni back to see how things have changed.

A request that ITSS has heard repeatedly is: can't visitors have some level of wireless access? ITSS has worked with the vendor who supplies the Campus Wide Wireless network authentication software to offer a solution that is now broadly available.

There are a number of wireless networks on campus, not all are managed by ITSS. Schools and departments often provide their own wireless networks for their smaller communities to use. The following information applies only to the Campus Wide Wireless network managed by ITSS.

Campus Wide Wireless Network
The Campus Wide Wireless network requires that your wireless network card be registered in a database called NetDB. Departmental Local Network Administrators (LNAs) can add new cards to NetDB. Once you are in NetDB and in a wireless area with an open a web browser, a login window is presented where it asks you to enter your SUNet ID and Password. You are limited only to this page till you've successfully entered your information. If you are using PC- or MacLeland and are logged in, that client automatically handles this authentication step. (For more information about using PC- or MacLeland, see theEssential Stanford Software web site at http://ess.stanford.edu/.)

How To Get Guest Access
Visitors who come to campus with a wireless card may use the Campus Wide Wireless network if they find a Stanford community member to sponsor their access. The Stanford person needs to visit: http://wirelessguest.stanford.edu/ and go through the quick set of steps to establish a guest SUNet ID account. This includes selecting a user name and a password. In addition, the length of the sponsorship ranges from 1 to 7 days. If the guest's visit is longer, the sponsor will need to re-sponsor them. Note: If a visitor will need longer access than a week, it is possible for them to obtain a "Basic" SUNet ID. See http://www.stanford.edu/services/sponsorship/ for more details.

ITSS tracks guest accounts to SUNet ID accounts for those occasional times when they get a report about misuse of the network by a guest and need to track back to the sponsor, who is responsible for their guest's behavior.

Accessing As a Guest
The Campus Wide Wireless network knows that guests won't have their wireless card registered. So when guests open a browser, they are presented with a different login page than the one that members of the Stanford community see. Guests would then use their sponsored guest user names and passwords to access the Campus Wide Wireless network.

Once guests have logged in, they'll be able to use Internet services, web browsing, etc. However, guests aren't provided with a Stanford IP address. The biggest impact of this is that their email client's configured SMTP server probably won't accept connections from this network. The easiest way around this is to use Webmail services from their home ISP. (For more information about Webmail, see http://webmail.stanford.edu/. ) All Internet resources are available, including Stanford resources, if they can properly WebAuth for access. (For more information about WebAuth, see http://webauth.stanford.edu/.)

Stanford is happy to allow the wireless access to guests through this sponsorship method. This certainly makes it easier for visitors to use the Internet during their time on campus!