Wireless Network

Facilities - Wireless Network

Wireless at Geneseo

The campus wireless network is based on IEEE 802.11 technology, also called "WiFi." This standard allows us to provide networking to computers over radio frequencies in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 5.2 GHz ranges. Our wireless network is comprised of "access points" manufactured by Cisco

Wireless network access is a shared service which cannot be isolated to specific rooms or areas.  For this reason, CIT will never disable the wireless network in classrooms for tests, exams, or other reasons.

Our wireless network supports the 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac protocols, only.

"Wireless Networks" at Geneseo

There are three wireless networks available on the SUNY Geneseo campus:

  • eduroam
  • Geneseo Guest
  • gPlay

eduroam is the preferred campus wireless network. This wireless network is secure (encrypted), works with almost any client, and is available at college campuses all over the world.

Geneseo Guest is intended for campus guests only.  This network should not be used by any faculty, staff or students.  This network is not encrypted and communications over this wireless network can be overheard by malicious individuals.

gPlay is a wireless network restricted to gaming consoles and other media streaming devices that cannot connect to encrypted networks such as "eduroam".

Authenticating on the Geneseo Wireless Network

We recommend using our encrypted wireless network using the 802.1x protocol. This wireless network is compatible with Windows 8, 10 and Macintosh OS X 10.12+ machines.

Reference: Encrypted Wireless Network (OS X)
Reference: Encrypted Wireless Network (Windows)
Reference: Encrypted Wireless Network (Chrome OS)
Reference: Gaming Consoles, Rokus and Apple TVs, TVs and Network Appliances in ResNet


Current Wireless Coverage on the Geneseo Campus

There is wireless coverage in every academic and residential building at SUNY Geneseo. Many outdoor areas near each wireless building may also be close enough to a transmitter to connect to the network and take advantage of the Geneseo network and Internet. Buildings with several wireless transmitters may still have "dark areas" where wireless coverage is marginal due to structural or electrical interference.  You can report locations with poor or no coverage using this web form.  We will do our best to improve coverage in reported areas.

Reference: Real-time status of the campus wireless network

Wireless Network Cards

Any wireless network card that is "WiFi" compliant (supporting 802.11a/g/n/ac) is compatible with the campus Wireless Network. 

Requesting Wireless Coverage in a Campus Building

CIT manages the installation of all wireless access points across campus as well as channel assignments for the wireless access points in order to avoid interference between access points and possible incompatibilities. CIT will perform a site survey and determine exactly what areas will need wireless coverage. If you would like to request coverage in a building where there is none, you can forward a request to CIT at helpdesk@geneseo.edu, completing this web form, or by calling x5588.

Policy: Guidelines Regarding Use of the 2.4 and 5.2 GHz Radio Frequencies