CALS Information Technology Office
UVM Wireless Network Behind Firewall
Beginning Monday, August 5, 2002 the wireless network that has been installed by Network Services in several buildings on campus (known as Cat's PAWS) will be secured by being configured behind our VPN (Virtual Private Network). This means that wireless users will need to install and run VPN client software in order to access the wireless network. Currently the Cat's PAWS wireless network is completely open; there is no encryption of information over the air and there is no authentication, which means that anyone with an 802.11b wireless card can obtain Internet access. From an Internet security standpoint, this is not a good thing, thus the need to secure the wireless network.
After you have installed a VPN client, your wireless transmissions over the air will be encrypted and you will need to authenticate yourself to the VPN (using your Zoo username and password) in order to access the Internet over the wireless network.
VPN clients for Windows, Mac OS 8 and 9, and Mac OS X can be downloaded from the software distribution web page http://www.uvm.edu/software. Installation instructions can also be found there. Macintosh users should pay particular attention to the installation instructions and the sequence of steps necessary to correctly install and run the VPN client.
Please note, this change does not affect AirPort base stations set up independently of the official UVM wireless network. If you are using the official wireless network and require assistance with the VPN client please contact the CIT Helpline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 6-2604.
Last modified August 12 2002 02:33 PM