WIFI and mobile device users may have started noticing a new SSID being broadcast within the CNSIT South buildings lately. That is, the csu-net5 network. ACNS sent us out a good explanation of what this is, and perhaps is something you should try out!
All areas of campus should now have at least 3 wireless networks available – “csu”, “csu-net”, and “csu-net5”. The last, “csu-net5”, is restricted to the 5GHz channels that are less subject to interference from microwave ovens, cordless phones, Bluetooth, etc. The setup for this wireless lan is identical to the setup for “csu-net”. The signal level may be somewhat lower than the 2.4GHz “csu-net” equivalent but due to less interference and utilization it should give superior performance in most cases. Please encourage your users and helpdesk staff to test connections to this new network. If a device doesn’t display “csu-net5” it means the device doesn’t have a 5GHz radio or see the channel in that area.
Also, as a reminder, the “csu” wireless network should not be used by anyone with an eID. This network is only for guest wireless users and does have bandwidth restrictions in place by design. Removing old and unused networks from the wireless profile list is good security practice and improves the wireless network for all users since the wireless adapter will send broadcasts looking for those networks.