Facebook Pixel ITS - Network - Getting Connected | Western Kentucky University Skip to main content

Getting Connected


The WKU Wireless Network has been designed to provide ease of use for the majority of our clients while still retaining flexibility and advanced features for the more demanding clients. The network infrastructure is based on 802.11 standard wireless technologies. We utilize several mechanisms to aid in authentication and security of the wireless network.T

WKU currently offers three different wireless networks each with a different set of features to cater to various needs and use cases. These networks were developed to meet the needs of the diverse user population that the University maintains. Please see the following section for a breakdown of the wireless networks available:

 

WKU-GUEST

This network was developed for guests of the University. This network is not intended for members of the WKU community: Faculty/Staff/Students. For optimal computing experience you should be using either WKU-WIRELESS or WKU-SECURE. The following restrictions are applied to WKU-GUEST.

  1. This network is limited to HTTP, HTTPS, and IPSEC protocols.
  2. WKU-GUEST connectivity will be considerably slower when compared to the Faculty/Staff/Student networks WKU-WIRELESS and WKU-SECURE.
  3. Devices registered through the Wireless Registration System are prohibited on this network.

Connect to WKU-WIRELESS

 

WKU-WIRELESS

This network was developed to be utilized by WKU Faculty, Staff, and Student devices that are not capable of utilizing the higher security network WKU-SECURE. The features of this network are:

  1. No special protocol restrictions.
  2. No special bandwidth restrictions.
  3. This network requires that Students have the Cisco Network Admission Control Agent (aka Cisco NAC Agent) to assist in ensuring the device meets minimum security requirements and computing best practices.

Connect to WKU-WIRELESS

 

WKU-SECURE

This network was developed to provide a more secure wireless experience for WKU Faculty, Staff, and Student devices that meet the minimum requirements to access the network. Please see the WKU-SECURE instructions below for accessing this network. The features of this network are:

  1. This network requires that all participants have the Cisco Network Admission Control Agent (aka Cisco NAC Agent) to assist in ensuring the device meets minimum security requirements and computing best practices.
  2. This network allows certain devices, such as mobile devices, to be registered for a 90 day period through the Wireless Registration System. This allows for an extended period of use without the need to frequently log-in.

Connecting

Instructions for connecting to the WKU-SECURE wireless network.

Windows 7  Windows 8  Mac OS

 




Need Assistance?

The WKU ITS Service Desk is here to help. Give us a call, chat with a representative online, use the Self-Help Knowledge Base and more.

Get Help



Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 9/12/18