Wireless Access on Campus
The campus wireless network provides the College of Charleston community with secure wireless network access in all academic areas including the main campus Downtown, North Charleston, Patriots Point, Grice Marine Lab, Dixie Plantation, and the Central Warehouse. The College of Charleston does NOT operate the wireless network in the dormitories. For campus housing wireless information, please see the click “ResNet” link.
There are three wireless networks operated by the College of Charleston IT:
Registered students, faculty, and staff are required to use this network using their Cougars system account. Using this network gives campus community members access to the Internet as well as internal network resources, including the library database and other services. Additionally, this network is encrypted using WPA2 AES encryption standards. While this provides a level of security to your data, we cannot guarantee that your data is safe from breaches. Please take precautions to ensure that your data is protected.
Temporary guest accounts are created on a per-request basis and are granted encrypted access to the Internet without bandwidth limitations or timeouts. These accounts are common for special campus events. These accounts are not granted privileged access to internal network resources.
Guests of the College of Charleston can make use of the complimentary Internet access provided through the “cofc-guest” wireless network. It has limited bandwidth of 2Mbps and will disconnect the user after one hour. You are welcome to rejoin the network after this timeout.
Campus community members should NOT use this network. This network does NOT grant access to internal network resources and is NOT encrypted. Be aware that third parties can wirelessly intercept any data transmitted on this network. It is not recommended that sensitive data be transmitted, but if you do, ensure that any sensitive data is encrypted before transmission. For example, ensure that website addresses begin with “https://” instead of “http://”. Remember that the “s” is for “secure”. The College of Charleston cannot guarantee the security of your data on this network and does monitor all data connections.
Eduroam is an authentication federation of thousands of academic institutions across the United States and the world. It allows students of participating institutions to log onto the wireless network of other cooperating institutions. The College of Charleston is a member of the Eduroam federation. Visiting members of other Eduroam institutions can log onto the “eduroam” wireless network using their home institution email address and password. Conversely, members of the College of Charleston can use their @cofc.edu or @g.cofc.edu email address and password to access the “eduroam” wireless network wherever it can be found worldwide.
College of Charleston community members using the “eduroam” wireless network on our campus receive the same level of privileged access to school resources as those granted by using “cofc-secure”. Guests using “eduroam” from other institutions only receive Internet access.
Map of participating locations in the United States: https://www.eduroam.us/institutions
Map of participating locations Worldwide: https://monitor.eduroam.org/eduroam_map.php?type=all
More information on Eduroam: https://www.eduroam.us/
Configuring Wireless Access
Students, faculty, and staff can access a web-based utility to automatically configure your device for the College's “cofc-secure” wireless network at wireless.cofc.edu.
Wireless Network Policy
The purpose of this policy is to provide a highly reliable and reasonably performing wireless network service while ensuring network security and integrity and minimizing the interference between the campus wireless network and other wireless technologies deployed throughout the campus.
- Wireless Network Policy (PDF)