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Wireless Networks

Wireless allows wireless-enabled devices to connect to a wireless transmitter when within the proximity of the signal. The wireless transmitter can either be another wireless-enabled device or an Access Point, which in-turn can provide access to Network resources (e.g. data, email) and the Internet.

As UCL is in a densely populated area there are a a high number of wireless services available. These wireless services fall into either of the following categories:

* As wireless operates in the public frequency spectrum (2.4GHz for IEEE 802.11 b/ g and 5GHz for 802.11 a), UCL has no control over these wireless services and the propagation of the wireless signal. Even though it may be possible to connect to these wireless services whilst physical located on UCL premises, UCL cannot be held responsible for the quality, performance, security and consequences of connecting to these services.


Information Systems Wireless Services

Informational Systems offer the following (IEEE 802.11b/g and limited IEEEE 802.11a) wireless services throughout the University campus. These are free and supported services which are available to anyone with a UCL User ID and password.


RoamNet is a free service which allows UCL Staff and Students to access UCL Network resources (e.g. Email) and the Internet from wireless and wired hot spots located throughout campus. Click here for more information.

VisiNet is a service specifically designed to provide conference visitors with access to the Internet and Network resources (offered by their home institution). Click here for more information.

  JANET Roaming Service (eduroam)
UCL is participating in the JANET Roaming Service (JRS). This is a project organised by UKERNA to allow academics to access the Internet at participating Universities using their home University login credentials. Click here for more information.



Departmental Wireless Services

UCL departments can install their own wireless services. However, the installation of any wireless service ** is subject to the UCL policy on connecting equipment to the college network.

Operational Criteria for Wireless Access Installations

In addition all wireless networks must be registered and subject to configuration instructions.

Wireless Access Point Registration

** Includes (IEEE 802.11a/b/g) devices operating in the 2.4GHz & 5GHz frequency range and Bluetooth.


Rogue Wireless Services

A departmental or individual wireless service which is broadcasted from a UCL premises and which is NOT registered with Information Systems (EISD) is deemed to be rogue.

Rogue wireless services will be disconnected without notice! This is regardless of the type of wireless service offered!

Refer to the Departmental Wireless Service section above for information on registering a wireless service.


Public Wireless Services

A number of companies offer wireless services which are available to the general public. These include BT Openzone and mycloud. These services are typically charged at a premium rate.


Private Wireless Services

A number of companies and individuals which are not affiliated with UCL offer wireless services.

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