UA Little Rock Wireless Access
Residents will notice two distinct SSID’s when attempting to connect to the wireless network. UALR-WiFi is designed for laptops and computing devices that understand 802.1x protocols. UALR-IoT is designed for Internet of Things (IoT) type devices such as game consoles, multimedia streaming devices, and other technologies that don’t support 802.1x, or have limited capabilities such as no web browser.
Connecting to UALR-WiFi
To connect to the UALR-WiFi network using laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other compatible wireless devices:
- On your wireless-enabled device, select UALR-WiFi.
- Open a browser and use your NetID to log in.
Connecting to UALR-IoT
To connect to the UALR-IoT network using game consoles, smart televisions, or streaming devices:
- On a computer with a web browser, visit the wireless device registration site and log in with your NetID.
- Create a new device entry using the MAC address for your Internet of Things device.
Connecting to Ethernet
In order for your Ethernet based device to operate on UA Little Rock’s wired network, you must configure your Ethernet adapter for dot1x connectivity (PC’s and devices with web browsers).
Please contact IT Services or call 501-916-3011 if you need assistance connecting to the wireless network.
WiFi, Technology, and Gaming Frequently Asked Questions
I can't connect to the wireless network, what do I do?
Contact IT Services. Please be as descriptive as possible in your request. It is very difficult to fix an issue when the only description is “my internet doesn’t work.” The more information you can provide, the quicker your problem can be fixed.
What devices can I bring with me to the residence halls?
You can bring pretty much any device you have at home EXCEPT for personal wireless access points and routers.
I've heard that I can get my own internet through Comcast.
As of Spring 2017, residents are no longer able to purchase their own internet service through Comcast. If you have questions, concerns, or issues with the wireless or wired network, contact the Campus Living IT Assistance Center.
Can I connect my smartTV to the residence hall network?
Yes. Read through the above instructions for connecting to UALR-IoT.
Can I bring/use a wireless router in my room?
No. The wireless access points that comprise the wireless network in UA Little Rock Campus Living 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 Campus Living’s wireless network. 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 the network. The more rogue devices there are, the more degraded the wireless signal becomes. Running a rogue access point is a violation of the UA Little Rock Network Security Policy.
Can I bring/use 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 UALR-WiFi & UALR-IoT.
Can I have a wired only router or switch in my room?
Due to the recent upgrades to the wireless and wired networks, there is no need for these devices, please leave them at home.
Can I connect my game console to the residence hall network?
Absolutely! Simply follow the above instructions for connecting to the UALR-IoT SSID and you’ll be all set.
Can I play World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, or other Blizzard games?
Yes. Over the last few semesters, Campus Living IT and UA Little Rock IT Services have worked together to make network changes that allow residents to play video games, stream movies/TV, and connect most devices to the residence hall wired and wireless networks. Go forth and quest!