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About WHOI's Wireless Networks
Once you have registered, you will find there are
two WHOI wireless networks available for use. The preferred
network Arctic is secure and gives you an internal WHOInet address. The other network available to registered machines is Atlantic, which requires using
the Cisco VPN.
This wireless network is a secure network that always requires you
to establish a VPN connection to get service. It does not use wireless
security methods but instead relies upon the high level of security and
encryption provided by the VPN. The SSID (Atlantic) is broadcast, so
most computers with wireless cards will find this network automatically
if they are in range of an access point. No key is required.
Once connected to an access point, run your Cisco VPN client to
access the Internet and WHOInet.
If you are not currently using a VPN client but would like to,
please see the CIS pages on VPN
accounts and software.
The preferred wireless network, Arctic, is relatively easy to connect. Connecting to this wireless network will give you access equivalent
to that of an wired connection.
Select it from the list of available networks and you will be prompted to enter your credentials, a username and password. These are your Remote Access (RAS) credentials, the same ones you use for VPN.
Please note: The exact procedure of configuring for wireless
access varies depending upon operating system and manufacturer
of the wireless interface card. If you are already familiar with
the process of entering SSIDs and passkeys on your computer, then
follow the procedures that have worked for you. We have written
a configuration page documenting
an example of what we have seen - we hope it will help.