Where is wireless available on campus?
Here places your 802.11g wireless device will work:
- CAB (microwave use does interfere periodically)
- Computer Center
- CRC Gymnasium
- Lab I Building (most areas)
- Lab I Annex
- Lab II building (most areas)
- Library Building
- Red Square (signal bleeds out from Library building intentionally)
- Seminar I (3rd Floor)
- Sem I Annex Buildings D, E, and F
- Seminar II (Except public service centers and 4th floors)
How do I start using the wireless network?
Check the wireless diagnostic software. If your computer is equipped with a properly configured wireless card, driver and browser, turn the computer on and open the wireless diagnostic tool that came with the wireless card to ensure that you have a reliable signal. If not, you may need to move around until you get a reliable signal.
Ensure your network connection is set to wireless or “airport.”
Note that some laptops have on/off wireless switches on the keyboard.
Windows: When properly configured most Windows systems will detect wireless signal and connect to network automatically. You may need to select the wireless network "TESCWireless" from the list of available networks.
Macintosh: Ensure that you open TCPIP services on a Mac (Apple Menu…Control Panels…TCPIP) and select connect via Airport connection and configure using DHCP Server. Then under the Apple icon select and open the AIRPORT application; make sure you are getting a signal.
There is a basic wireless trouble shooting guide available on the Timberland Regional Library's website. Of course, where it says "trlwireless", you want to substitute "TESCwireless".
For information about connecting to your personal file share space via wireless, see About File Space.
Gaps in coverage
If your laptop doesn't work very well in spots in the library, or in SEM2 you might want to try improving your laptop's antenna with a miniature USB plug-in external antenna - especially if it has a metal case. http://mobileoffice.about.com/od/laptopaccessories/tp/usbwifiadapters.htm
If you're doing homework off-campus, or for other purposes, here are some nearby places where you can use wireless in Olympia.
- Timberland Regional Library
- Batdorf and Bronson
- Cafe Vita
- 4th Avenue Tavern
- Clubside Cafe
- The Mark
- Eastside Club Tavern
- Orca Books
- King Solomon's Reef
- Old School Pizzeria
- Last Word Books
- The Brotherhood Tavern
- Ben Moore's
- Danger Room Comics
- Fire and Earth
- Brewed Awakenings
- Vic's Pizzeria
- The Urban Onion Restaurant & Lounge
Zhonka Broadband's list of free wifi spots in Olympia (with addresses and maps)
Note: This article was originally authored by the students in Information Landscapes.