New and Improved Wireless Network

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New and improved wireless networks are now available across the New School campus. Enhancements include reduced sign-on, better security, and better performance during periods of high demand.

The new campus wireless environment is split into five network names, or SSIDs. Following is an overview of each new SSID:

1. newschool

‘newschool’ is the secure wireless network for New School faculty, staff, and students. It replaces the older ‘newschoolnet,’ which will be taken out of service at the end of the Spring 2014 semester. During the transition period, both networks are available for use, although it is recommended that you migrate to ‘newschool’ to take advantage of its benefits.

Unlike ‘newschoolnet,’ which requires you to sign in via a web portal every time your device joins the network, ‘newschool’ uses the IEEE 802.1x standard for authentication. This means that once you’ve signed your device onto the network, it will automatically join the network every time you come in range. It also means that all your network traffic will be encrypted, preventing anyone from intercepting it.

2. newschool-guest

‘newschool-guest’ allows campus guests and visitors access to the wireless network while on campus for web, email, and other communications needs. It is an unencrypted wireless network. Access is granted in seven-day increments using an email address as the username and a system-generated password.

3. newschool-alumni

‘newschool-alumni’ allows New School alumni to use the wireless network while on campus for web, email, and other communications needs. It is an unencrypted wireless network. Access is granted in seven-day increments using your New School username and password.

4. newschool-housing

‘newschool-housing’ is available throughout Kerrey Hall at University Center and in the common areas of the 13th Street, 20th Street, Stuyvesant Park, and Loeb Hall residences.

Like the ‘newschool’ network, ‘newschool-housing’ uses the IEEE 802.1x standard for authentication. This means that once you’ve signed your device onto the network, it will automatically join the network every time you come in range. It also means that all your network traffic will be encrypted, preventing anyone from intercepting it.

5. eduroam

For faculty, staff, and students who travel to other universities, The New School has joined eduroam. Eduroam is a secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community that allows New School faculty, staff, and students to use the wireless networks at member institutions all over the world. When visiting a member institution, if you see the ‘eduroam’ SSID, connect to it and sign in with your New School email address (“yournetid@newschool.edu”) and your NetID password to obtain access.

Locally, NYU and Columbia University offer eduroam access, as do institutions in 67 countries around the world.

Visitors to the New School campus from other eduroam member institutions can access the ‘eduroam’ network at The New School by signing in with their home institution username, including the “@institution” part (e.g., janestudent@nyu.edu) and home institution password.

Additional information about the transition:

With the success of the newschool wireless network rollout, we have moved up the decommissioning of the old 'newschoolnet' wireless network (to early Spring 2014) to minimize confusion and encourage our community to take advantage of the superior service provided by the 'newschool' wireless network.

Unlike ‘newschoolnet,’ the ‘newschool’ network does not use Safe Connect. Once you’ve migrated to the new network, you will no longer need the Safe Connect software. If you have installed the Safe Connect client on your PC or Mac in the past to connect to ‘newschoolnet,’ follow these instructions for uninstalling SafeConnect

To learn more about this transition, visit the Information Technology website’s Wireless Network pages.