Gustavus Wireless Network

Gustavus uses Aruba Networks wireless controllers and access points. We typically see 2,500 active clients on the Gustavus wireless network daily, but more than 10,000 unique devices will connect every month.

There are many challenges to managing such a large wireless network, interference from other devices is the most common cause of connection issues. Microwave ovens, Bluetooth devices, cordless phones, video cameras, game consoles, Roku, home routers, mobile hotspots, and more, can cause interference with the Gustavus wireless network. For the best experience on campus, Gustavus Technology Services recommends 5 GHz or “Dual Band” devices be used whenever possible.

Wireless Networks, GHz and Mbps, Why Do I Care?

2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 802.11a, 802.11n, channels and Mbps what does it all mean?

Wireless signals come in two bands - 2.4 and 5 Ghz. Wireless standards are named - 802.11A, B, G, N and AC. Different WiFi networks have different bands, standards and speeds.

The Gustavus WiFi network has 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz (Dual) bands available, the 5 GHz will work better in more places, be faster and less likely to disconnect.

If you are looking to buy a new computer or network device, be sure to buy one with 5GHz or Dual Band wireless. All new Macintosh laptops are 5 GHz. If you are buying a Windows computer, be sure it has 5 GHz. You will have a better wireless experience at Gustavus. Please see Tips for Purchasing a 5 Ghz Windows Laptop.

Recommended Streaming Devices at Gustavus

Due to the nature of the Gustavus wireless network, not all streaming devices work as intended. Devices such as the Google Chromecast which rely on broadcast traffic, cause unsustainable interference on an enterprise wireless network. Please visit Streaming Device for more information regarding supported streaming devices.

Wireless locations on campus

Nearly all locations on campus are covered by the Gustavus wireless network, with a few exceptions. All academic, residence and administrative buildings on campus have wireless coverage with the exception of:

  • Schaefer Fine Arts/Art (some areas)
  • Schaefer Fine Arts/Music (some areas)
  • Physical Plant Offices

You may experience limited connectivity or poor connectivity depending on your location within a building.

If you are experiencing problems with the wireless or wired network, we have developed a survey for diagnosing and reporting network problems. Please complete the Network Diagnostic Survey.

If you would like to request additional wireless routers be added to a building or location, please email wireless@gustavus.edu.

Most outdoor areas within the ring road are also covered by the Gustavus wireless network.

Wireless in the residence halls

The Gustavus wireless network is available in all the campus residence halls. The wireless network is a convenience, and not a replacement for the wired network. The wired network is also available in every campus residence hall with one port per pillow.

The wired network is often times faster and more reliable than the wireless network. If you do not have an Ethernet cable, please stop by the Technology Helpline, they are available free of charge to Gusties living on campus.

If you are experiencing problems with the wireless or wired network, we have developed a survey for diagnosing and reporting network problems. Please complete the Network Diagnostic Survey.

Wireless locations off campus

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Connecting to the wireless network

The use of the Gustavus Wireless network requires a one time (per academic year), web based registration. Full access is granted to users with a Gustavus User Account (email) username and password. Limited access is available for guests of the college.

Gustavus offers both secure (encrypted) and insecure (unencrypted) wireless networks for legacy devices. We recommend connecting to the encrypted wireless network.

Gustavus Secure Networks

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GustavusSecure gustavus username and password Gustavus Community. Offers the best security

GustavusSecure wireless network

The GustavusSecure network uses 802.1X authentication and will only work on devices that support 802.1X authentication. Devices designed for home use such as Google Chromecasts, AppleTVs, smart tvs, and game consoles do not support this type of authentication and should connect to the Gustavus legacy network.

  • On your device, select the GustavusSecure wireless and connect.
  • You will receive a prompt to enter your Gustavus username and password. (Anytime you change your gustavus e-mail password, you will need to enter your new password to connect to the GustavusSecure network.)
  • Depending on your device, you will next receive a prompt to accept the certificate. Please read below for additional information about your specific device.

It is very important to make sure the certificate matches the the thumbprint or server name or you could be connecting to a malicious rogue wireless server.


  • Gustavus server name
    • rad.gustie.gac.edu
  • Root CA
    • GUSTAVUSROOTCA OR DigiCert High Assurance EV
  • Certificate Thumbprint
    • ‎04 3e 63 2c 09 b7 3e d5 0a 34 09 34 d5 98 7d b8 43 bc 8f 9a

Windows

  1. Connect to GustavusSecure
  2. Enter your gustavus e-mail username (without @gustavus.edu) and your e-mail password.
  3. Click connect to accept the certificate for GustavusSecure.

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Mac OSX

  1. Connect to GustavusSecure
  2. Enter your gustavus e-mail username (without @gustavus.edu) and your e-mail password. Osxwifilogin.png
  3. Click continue to accept the certificate for GustavusSecure. The root CA can be GUSTAVUSROOTCA OR DigiCert High Assurance EV.
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ChromeOS

  1. Connect to GustavusSecure
  2. Under EAP Method, select PEAP
  3. Under Phase 2 Authentication, choose Automatic
  4. Under CA certificate, choose Default
  5. Enter your Gustavus username and password
  6. Click Connect

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Android

  1. From the Android home screen, tap Menu, then tap settings.
  2. Tap Wireless and Network, then tap Wi-Fi settings
  3. Connect to GustavusSecure
  4. Under EAP Method, select PEAP
  5. Under Phase 2 authentication, select None
  6. Under CA Certificate, select (unspecified)
  7. Enter your gustavus e-mail username (without @gustavus.edu) under Identity and your e-mail password in the Password field.
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Some Android devices do not automatically display the options above. On these devices, please follow the steps below:

  1. Connect to GustavusSecure
  2. Select and hold on the GustavusSecure network. This should show a popup box.
  3. In the popup box, select Modify network
  4. Follow the steps above to enter your information.

iOS

  1. From the Home Screen, tap Settings
  2. Tap Wi-Fi
  3. Connect to GustavusSecure
  4. Enter your gustavus e-mail username (without @gustavus.edu) and your e-mail password. Iphonewifilogin.png
  5. Click accept to approve the certificate for GustavusSecure. The root CA can be GUSTAVUSROOTCA OR DigiCert High Assurance EV
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Gustavus Insecure (unencrypted) Networks for legacy devices

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Gustavus Gustavus Community (open network)

To begin registration, launch a web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari) from a wireless zone with your wireless card enabled. Your web browser will redirect you to a series of registration pages. If your web browser does not redirect you and an error message appears, go to greg.gac.edu, the Gustavus Network Registration page. You must not be connected to GustavusGuest to register. Follow the prompts.

For more information about our registration process, please see Computer registration or Who is GReg and why do I need to know him?

Editing saved wireless networks

In order to connect to the new networks, Gustavus and GustavusSecure, it may help to forget the old wireless networks in your preferences.

Windows

  1. Start Button
  2. Control Panel
  3. Network Sharing Center
  4. Manage Wireless Networks
  5. Highlight the networks GACsecure, GustieGuest, GACwireless, and GACmobile, and then click Remove

Mac OSX

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click on the Network menu
  3. Make sure Wifi is selected on the left
  4. Click Advanced (lower right hand corner)
  5. In the Preferred Network box, find and highlight GACwireless, GACmobile, GustieGuest, and GACsecure and click the (-) symbol to forget them.

iOS

  1. Settings menu from Home Screen
  2. Tap Wi-Fi
  3. Tap the blue "i" next to the network you would like to forget
  4. Tap Forget Network

Problems with wireless

In some locations on campus, the wireless network is slower and less reliable than the Gustavus wired network. The wireless network is a shared resource, with all the wireless devices sharing the bandwidth.

Many different devices can cause interferance with wireless signals. These devices may include:

  • 2.4 Ghz cordless phones
  • personally owned wireless routers, streaming devices such as Rokus, Chromecasts, printers
  • microwave ovens

If you see networks advertised besides GustavusSecure, Gustavus, and GustavusGuest - those networks (devices) are causing connectivity issues for others.

If you are experiencing problems with the wireless network, we have developed a survey for diagnosing and reporting network problems. Please complete the Network Diagnostic Survey from the location where you are having problems.

Guest access

Guests of the College are allowed limited access to the Wireless network through a web based registration process. Wireless guest access is available across campus, and wired guest access is available in the Residence Halls.

To begin registration, launch a web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari) from a wireless zone with your wireless card enabled, and the GustavusGuest network selected. Your web browser will redirect you to a series of registration pages (or visit register.gac.edu). Follow the prompts.

For more information about our registration process please see Computer registration or Who is GReg and why do I need to know him?

Troubleshooting wireless connections

If you are having trouble using the wireless network

  • restart your computer or device.
  • verify that your network card is turned on and receiving a signal (using your card manager software or control panel).
  • make sure others around you are able to receive a signal. If multiple users are experiencing issues, please contact the Technology Helpline (507-933-6111) or helpline@gustavus.edu to report an outage.
  • check for advertised networks besides Gustavus, GustavusSecure, and GustavusGuest - those networks (devices) may be causing your problems, ask the owner to shut off the device.
  • If you are in a location that is getting a poor signal, please complete the Network Diagnostic Survey from the location where the signal is poor.
  • move to a location where you know the signal is strong (Olin Hall Computer Lab or the Library).
  • plug in with an Ethernet cable to a network port, until you get your wireless working.
  • please complete the Network Diagnostic Survey from the location where you are having problems.
  • contact the Technology Helpline (507-933-6111) or helpline@gustavus.edu for assistance.

Contact us

Please contact the Technology Helpline at 507-933-6111, stop by the Technology Services department in Olin Hall or complete our contact form.