August 14, 2015

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Sheila Hall, Information Technology Specialist

VSU Wireless is New and Improved

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Division of Information Technology is in the process of upgrading the existing wireless network system to provide an even faster and more reliable connectivity. The overall key benefits translate into increased bandwidth, expanded access, and enhanced caching capabilities for faculty, staff, and students.

The newest wireless network, VSU-WiFi, is currently available in each of the nine residence halls, Odum Library, and the Hugh C. Bailey Science Center. The remaining academic and administrative buildings, including those on VSU’s Kings Bay campus, remain connected to VSU-Personal and will migrate to the new system using a prioritized timeline.

The extensive upgrade will affect the entire VSU campus — nearly 3 million square feet. Approximately 1,600 access points will be placed in areas to support high-density usage with coverage including residence student-residents’ rooms, auditoriums, classrooms, dining spaces, the pedestrian mall, and the front lawn midpoint. Advanced caching capabilities will allow local delivery of Internet content in the highest bit-rate available, which means super-fast iOS updates and high-definition media streaming (i.e., Netflix and YouTube).

Until all buildings and areas have been converted to the new VSU-WiFi, faculty, staff, and students will need to connect to both wireless networks in order to have continuous access.

To connect to VSU-WiFi, faculty, staff, and students should select the network on their device, login using their MyVSU/Active Directory username and password, and, if prompted, choose to trust the certificate.

To connect to VSU-Personal, faculty, staff, and students should select VSU-StartHere in their network list and then launch their web browser to connect via the SmartPass Connect Wizard to complete a series of required steps. 

Faculty, staff, and students should only need to connect once to each network and will only need to establish connection again if they change their MyVSU password.

Visit or contact the Information Technology Solutions Center at (229) 245-4357 or to learn more. The Solutions Center is located on the second floor of Odum Library and available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

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