An authenticated, encrypted wireless network (SSID: WSU-Secure) is being made available across campus. To access this network, a device must support WPA2 Enterprise encryption. This encryption uses the WSU Campus username and password in place of a pre-shared key (PSK), which is seen in many home networks.
There are several components to the secure, authenticated wireless system:
- The user device, along with a software agent known as the “supplicant”.
- The access point. No user traffic passes the AP until authentication is successful.
- The authenticator. This device compares information gathered by the supplicant with a RADIUS server.
- The RADIUS server. In our implementation, the RADIUS server is joined to our production AD directory for authentication, and our production LDAP server for provisioning (i.e. is the user Staff | Faculty | Student | Other).
Please note: the software used on the client’s device is part of the operating system. We do not install it. We do configure the supplicant to provide access to WSU-Secure.
Over 30,000 unique devices currently connect to the campus wireless network. The breakdown among operating systems is approximately: 50% Apple IOS, 30% Android, 10% Windows 7/8, 7% Mac OS.