OIT Networking & Monitoring Services

Temporary Visitor Wireless Network Access (TVWNA): Removal of Network Password

OIT Network Systems
December 15 2005
Last Revised: December 16 2005

OIT is changing Temporary Visitor Wireless Network Access (TVWNA) in response to customer feedback.

Currently, a wireless client that wishes to use TVWNA must be configured to use a wireless network password (a WEP key).

On the morning of January 5 2006, TVWNA will be reconfigured to remove the use of the network password. After that time, any client that wishes to use TVWNA must be configured instead to not use a network password. Clients that were already using TVWNA will need to be reconfigured.

Why did TVWNA Use a Network Password?

TVWNA's use of a network password was not for security reasons; in fact, the password provided no security benefits. (We intentionally published a single password for everyone to use, and used an weak encryption scheme.)

Rather, we used a network password for TVWNA for the following reasons:


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