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Access questions

Can I walk around while accessing the wireless network without losing my connection?

No. Wireless PittNet was designed to provide the best possible service within each coverage area, but it does not provide continuous coverage across campus. This means you cannot walk from building to building without losing your wireless connection.

However, you can move around inside a building while using the wireless service. Doing so may even help improve your reception. Keep in mind that wireless coverage areas are divided into different sections, so if you leave one coverage area you may be required to authenticate again.

Can I access Wireless PittNet outside?

While Wireless PittNet is not targeted to outside areas, you should be able to get some connectivity if in close proximity to a wireless building. Most of the court yard between Biddle and Krebs has coverage.

Can I access Wireless PittNet in my residence hall room?

It depends. Access to Wireless PittNet is available in individual rooms in many residence facilities. Wireless PittNet is available in common areas of other residence halls (laundry rooms, lounges, cafeterias, and study rooms).

Can I use my e-mail while connected to Wireless PittNet?

Yes.  You can access your University e-mail by logging in to my.pitt.edu and clicking the Webmail tab.  If your University department uses Enterprise Exchange, you can also access your Exchange e-mail by launching Microsoft Outlook.

Can I access secured resources behind a firewall while using Wireless PittNet? 

Yes.  In order to access secure resources, you will need to use the University’s Secure VPN Service in Network Connect mode.  Visit the technology.pitt.edu Web site for details on using the Secure VPN. Service http://technology.pitt.edu/Documents/network/secure-remote-access/Secure_VPN_Network_Connect_Mode.pdf .

Can I print while connected to Wireless PittNet?

You cannot print to the computers in the campus computing labs using Wireless PittNet.  However, if you normally have access to a printer in your office or on the floor of your building, you can use the Secure VPN Service in Network Connect mode to send jobs to that printer.  Visit the technology.pitt.edu Web site for details on using the Secure VPN http://technology.pitt.edu/Documents/network/secure-remote-access/Secure_VPN_Network_Connect_Mode.pdf.

Last Reviewed: October 29, 2007