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At Jacobs University, all lecture halls and most of the campus allow Wireless LAN access.

Most of the access points are based on the standard IEEE 802.11n/g/b which operates at a nominal speed of 300 MBit/s.

For working at Jacobs University with wireless LAN you can use any 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n capable wireless LAN card.

If in doubt, check the manual of your computer or WLAN card, or consult your computer vendor.

This map shows locations of access points on campus (currently outdated - 2014-09-01, pending update)(click for full size):

WiFi Access Point devices

Devices look like this:




Please do not unplug any of the cables!




eduroam Access

Public Network

The network is called eduroam and will announce itself. You can also search for it.

Setting up eduroam the first time is a bit complicated, but allows roaming across organizations. It is the recommended network access method at Jacobs University.

See How Tos regarding eduroam configuration for first time setup. You'll need your JACOBS user account.

To access some services, in addition you will need VPN Access.

Although setup of eduroam is more complicated than the setup of Jacobs Access, it is the recommended WLAN setup, as it uses strong encryption for the wireless data transmission, and is available in wireless networks of other participating institutions worldwide.

Jacobs Access

Public Network

The network is called JACOBS and will announce itself. You can also search for it.

The network is operated in "managed" or "infrastructure" mode.

No password is required to connect, but only very few sites are available through WLAN without additional login.

For full network and Internet access, you have to login to the network, either by

CampusNet Credentials

In any case, you need your JACOBS user account to proceed.

Guest Access

For guests, WLAN access can be established by issuing temporary accounts. The host should send a request to IT Support in time, containing:

  • the name and abbreviation of the event
  • the dates from when up to when the access is required
  • how many accounts you need

The host will receive a PDF documents for printout, containing snippets with account infos to be distributed to the guests.

(info) Remember, Jacobs University is offering eduroam access for members of participating organizations, hence eduroam members don't need this dedicated guest access.

(info) Against common disbelief the phrase "in time" means here: "at least one work day in advance".






Jacobs Access WLAN is insecure

If you require secure communication, be sure to use the eduroam setup or use web pages via https and/or use VPN Access over Jacobs WLAN!

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