What happened to my AirWesLS?

Progress happened to it, that’s what. And as your Help Desk ambassador*, I’m going to give a brief rundown of what’s happening this year with networking at Wes.

It’s actually quite simple.

AirWesLS is out, and AirWes is in. AirWes used to be our campus’ secure wireless network, but it wasn’t really all that secure, so we put it in a dark corner of campus where no light shone on it. It got angry and ceased working for us. Now AirWes is the only way for students to wirelessly connect to the Internet on campus.

Along with the phasing out of AirWesLS, so goes our beloved Bluesocket login page. But that’s part of a bigger move that I’m sure you’ve heard of: Cisco Clean Access. Clean Access Agent is the new way to log into the Wesleyan ResNet. It can be finicky, yes, but once it’s working, it’s not all that shabby.

Big things to remember:

  1. ResNet as it used to exist is dead. The old registration system has been superseded by Cisco Clean Access.
  2. AirWesLS is no more. Students can now connect only through AirWes. You will be asked to log in to Clean Access once your computer connects to the wireless network, too.
  3. Yes, Clean Access pops up a lot. It will pop up whenever it detects a new network connection (for example, when switching from Ethernet to wireless or vice versa, or upon a reboot).
  4. None of this matters for people in woodframes (woo!), unless you venture onto campus and try to use your computer in someone’s dorm.

Things you’d otherwise ask me in the comments:

  1. The network will still work once someone puts up a search engine. I don’t want to pressure pcao, but…
  2. No, the iPhone can’t connect to AirWes yet. I’m waiting, too.
  3. Got an Xbox, Wii, PlayStation, or some other game console? They’ll work. The process is being developed at the moment.
  4. Linux machines should work without any hassle. Contact Help Desk at 860 685-4000 if they don’t.
  5. Yes, I am Wesleyan’s Apple Campus Representative.

Forgive me if this is not fully complete. It’s my 21st birthday and I have other things to be doing!

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* Not really. I’ve been with Wesleying since the start. I’m not officially representing Help Desk. Do not use near fire, flame, or sparks. All that jazz.

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26 thoughts on “What happened to my AirWesLS?

  1. Anonymous

    I just got a $20 switch from Best Buy, and it works fine on the network, although I have yet to buy the third Ethernet cable to connect a second computer to the switch.

  2. Anonymous

    I just got a $20 switch from Best Buy, and it works fine on the network, although I have yet to buy the third Ethernet cable to connect a second computer to the switch.

  3. Justin

    Thanks for the birthday wishes.Readers looking for support, I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to provide it through the comments section of a Wesleying entry. Instead, just email helpdesk@wesleyan.edu or call ext. 4000 to talk to a trained Help Desk’er who’ll be happy to assist you. If the past few days are any indication, it’ll be me who’s responding to your email inquiries. :-P

  4. Justin

    Thanks for the birthday wishes.

    Readers looking for support, I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to provide it through the comments section of a Wesleying entry. Instead, just email helpdesk@wesleyan.edu or call ext. 4000 to talk to a trained Help Desk’er who’ll be happy to assist you. If the past few days are any indication, it’ll be me who’s responding to your email inquiries. :-P

  5. Anonymous

    Cisco Clean Access is not available on Linux (I’d say this is a good thing ;)). There was a bit of a configuration glitch that was causing the system to think you needed to download the agent. Now you *should* just get a webpage that you simply have to sign into – no need for spyware^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Clean Access to be installed!In regards to the computer store, they service more than just students. Plus, I’d imagine they take a hands off approach to it – for all they know you’re buying the router for your family at home (I’ve done this) or that you live off campus.

  6. Anonymous

    Cisco Clean Access is not available on Linux (I’d say this is a good thing ;)). There was a bit of a configuration glitch that was causing the system to think you needed to download the agent. Now you *should* just get a webpage that you simply have to sign into – no need for spyware^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Clean Access to be installed!

    In regards to the computer store, they service more than just students. Plus, I’d imagine they take a hands off approach to it – for all they know you’re buying the router for your family at home (I’ve done this) or that you live off campus.

  7. Eric

    Anonymous,Thanks for pasting me that, I was not aware that those rules existed. Its pretty weird, since the computer store sells multiple kinds of routers, Flash drives, external hard drives, all of which nobody at the computer store will tell you you’re not supposed to use at school, and will sell you without a second thought. I’ll have to look into getting permission.

  8. Eric

    Anonymous,
    Thanks for pasting me that, I was not aware that those rules existed. Its pretty weird, since the computer store sells multiple kinds of routers, Flash drives, external hard drives, all of which nobody at the computer store will tell you you’re not supposed to use at school, and will sell you without a second thought. I’ll have to look into getting permission.

  9. Eric

    Sam,The reason it would interfere is that it needs every machine to be “secured”. The system is assuming that while xbox’s, Wii’s, etc are already secure, Windows systems need Cisco’s Clean Access Agent to prove their security, so they don’t bring anything harmful into the Wesleyan network. When the school network sees my router, it doesn’t see the computers behind it, just the router, which is not running Cisco. This is the reason why it may not work (and did not seem to work).

  10. Eric

    Sam,
    The reason it would interfere is that it needs every machine to be “secured”. The system is assuming that while xbox’s, Wii’s, etc are already secure, Windows systems need Cisco’s Clean Access Agent to prove their security, so they don’t bring anything harmful into the Wesleyan network. When the school network sees my router, it doesn’t see the computers behind it, just the router, which is not running Cisco. This is the reason why it may not work (and did not seem to work).

  11. Sam

    Eric- I don’t think the new system should interfere with your own personal router. You’re basically setting up your own little 2 computer private network when you connect them like that, so I don’t see a reason it would interfere.Justin-Does helpdesk have any idea why Cisco takes several minutes to log people on Vista in? It’s annoying. (Also, is Cisco available on Linux?)

  12. Sam

    Eric-
    I don’t think the new system should interfere with your own personal router. You’re basically setting up your own little 2 computer private network when you connect them like that, so I don’t see a reason it would interfere.

    Justin-
    Does helpdesk have any idea why Cisco takes several minutes to log people on Vista in? It’s annoying. (Also, is Cisco available on Linux?)

  13. Anonymous

    From: http://www.wesleyan.edu/its/contacts/computer-policy.html-Unauthorized Computer EquipmentWithout specific authorization by the owner or System Administrator, users must not physically or electrically attach any foreign device (such as an external disk, printer, or video system) to a University System.This restriction includes the unauthorized installation of any additional network-related or digital communications equipment ( such as routers, hubs, or wireless access points) on the Wesleyan network. -(Yes, that seems to suggest that plugging in a disk on key in a lab computer is against the rules unless given permission to do so)I would suggest applying for an exception of sorts (not sure what the procedure is) or trying hardware address spoofing, though the new system is supposed to prevent the latter.

  14. Anonymous

    From:

    http://www.wesleyan.edu/its/contacts/computer-policy.html


    Unauthorized Computer Equipment

    Without specific authorization by the owner or System Administrator, users must not physically or electrically attach any foreign device (such as an external disk, printer, or video system) to a University System.

    This restriction includes the unauthorized installation of any additional network-related or digital communications equipment ( such as routers, hubs, or wireless access points) on the Wesleyan network.

    (Yes, that seems to suggest that plugging in a disk on key in a lab computer is against the rules unless given permission to do so)

    I would suggest applying for an exception of sorts (not sure what the procedure is) or trying hardware address spoofing, though the new system is supposed to prevent the latter.

  15. Anonymous

    Justin,Happy birthday, and thanks for the internet update. I have a router that I like to use, and was wondering if it should work with the new Cisco system, or if it will if I contact ITS and get it worked out. It didn’t seem to work when I plugged it in to my ethernet jack (I’m in a lowrise).I have two computers, a desktop and a tablet, both of which I use for academic purposes, and the router makes file swapping across them much easier, as well as accessing a network printer I own, etc. Therefore I find the router very convenient and am hoping the new system does not prevent me from using it. – Eric

  16. Anonymous

    Justin,
    Happy birthday, and thanks for the internet update. I have a router that I like to use, and was wondering if it should work with the new Cisco system, or if it will if I contact ITS and get it worked out. It didn’t seem to work when I plugged it in to my ethernet jack (I’m in a lowrise).

    I have two computers, a desktop and a tablet, both of which I use for academic purposes, and the router makes file swapping across them much easier, as well as accessing a network printer I own, etc. Therefore I find the router very convenient and am hoping the new system does not prevent me from using it. – Eric

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