Wi-Fi FAQ

Can I use a wireless router in my room?

The short answer is no.  The wireless access points that comprise the wireless network in UALR student housing, also known as ResNet, use one hundred percent of the available wireless radio spectrum.  When students bring things like wireless routers and wireless access points, they emit their own radio signal that interferes with ResNet.  We refer to these devices as “rogue devices” or “rogue access points”.  This interference makes it very difficult for students living in proximity to these rogue devices, to access ResNet.  The more rogue devices there are, the more degraded the ResNet signal becomes.  Students, who run these devices, affect everyone around them.  Running a rogue access point is a violation of the UALR Network Security Policy.  So, if you own a wireless access point or wireless router, leave them at home.

Can I bring a wireless printer for my room?

Yes.  As long as you have disabled the wireless function of the printer and use it wired only.  These devices also emit their own radio signal that interferes with ResNet.

Can I have a wired only router or switch in my room?

If you subscribe to Comcast for internet then yes, you can.  But, it must be a wired router AND this device must NEVER be plugged into the wall ethernet port of a student’s room.  Students are not permitted to operate wireless access points/routers anywhere on campus including their residence hall rooms.  See “Can I use a wireless router in my room?” for more information.  If you use ResNet, routers and switches are not permitted.

How does UALR student housing know when there are rogue access points in the residence halls?

The ResNet wireless access points can and do detect any foreign radio signals in the residence halls.  These radio signals can be detected even if the SSID (wireless network name) of the rogue access point is hidden or suppressed.  Those rogue access points can be detected 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  The ResNet access points can triangulate the location of the rogue access point to the exact room in which the device is located.  When a rogue access point is detected, the person(s) operating the device will be contacted by the housing IT specialist Jeff Newton and given instructions on removing the device.