Wireless Internet

Windows: XP/7/8/10
Download the automated setup: Setup-eduroam.exe
iOS: iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/OS X: Mac OS 10.7-10.13
Download mobile configuration profile:
eduroam Mobile Configuration

Note: Enter credentials as 'username@uregina.ca'.

This must be your username, not your First.Last email alias.

Overview

The wireless network at the University of Regina provides network access to laptops or other machines with a 802.11a/g/n/ac compatible wireless card. See here for a list of recommended cards.

The addition of wireless access is designed to provide easier access to Students with laptops or Faculty and Staff away from their home office. Users who have access to a wired network drop should almost certainly use it, as it provides reliable dedicated 100Mbit/sec access to the network as compared to the bandwidth limited wireless connection.

In addition the wireless signals for the legacy uofrPSK SSID can be snooped and decrypted by technical savvy users of our wireless network. See the security section below for more information.

Available SSIDs (wireless networks)

If your client allows you to browse for wireless networks, you will see three choices in most areas.

  1. eduroam is the preferred wireless network for Faculty, Staff, and Students. It uses strong WPA2-AES Enterprise encryption.
    • Enter credentials in the form "username@uregina.ca".
    • If you see this network while visiting remote institutions you can use your "uregina.ca" credentials to connect.
  2. uofrGuest is offered to provide easy initial access and should not be used as a normal access method because it has a few major limitations.
    • It is not encrypted.
    • Limited bandwidth (20 Mbit/s).
    • Restricted ports, and some services may be blocked.
  3. SaskTel Select Wi-Fi 1 networks are automatically configured on the majority of SaskTel wireless devices and offers wireless access to SaskTel customers.
    • As this SSID provides high bandwidth internet access via a dedicated link to SaskTel, it is recommended that this SSID be used instead of eduroam on SaskTel phones that are capable.
    • Uses WPA2-AES encryption and a unique hardware identifier in the phone for authentication.
    • For more information see the SaskTel Support page for Using SaskTel Select WiFi.
  4. uofrPSK is intended only for devices that are incompatible with eduroam (ie. Xbox, PlayStation, Wii). It uses WPA2-Personal (WPA2-PSK) with AES encryption and a pre-shared passphrase. Devices on this network must be registered by their hardware address (MAC address) before they are able to connect.
    • Note: Only available in residences.

Installation Instructions/Support

Please follow the links below for installation instructions for:
Windows 7/8/10 (eduroam Secure 802.1x/PEAP/WPA2 Encryption)
Apple OS X 10.7-10.12 (eduroam Secure 802.1x/PEAP/WPA2 Encryption)
iOS 6/7/8/9/10/11 iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch (eduroam Secure 802.1x/PEAP/WPA2 Encryption)
Windows Phone 8.1 (eduroam Secure 802.1x/PEAP/WPA2 Encryption)
Xbox/Playstation/Wii/Non-eduroam Compatible Devices (uofrPSK WPA2-PSK with AES Encryption)

Unsupported Operating Systems

Linux (eduroam Secure 802.1x/PEAP/WPA2 Encryption)

If you have problems, please check the wireless FAQ, and if you require further assistance contact the IT Support Centre.

Recommended Cards

  • Cards that support all of the IEEE802.11 A/G/N/AC standards (or a dual band 802.11AC card that supports 2.4 and 5GHz bands) are recommended as the 5GHz standard provides higher speeds and more non-interfering frequencies.
  • All access points at the University support the AC standard and are dual band capable.
  • Beware that a lot of 802.11N cards only support the 2.4GHz spectrum - look for terms like dual band or 802.11a or 801.11ac in the specifications.

Security

Wireless networking is inherently more vulnerable to security problems because radio signals are broadcast over a building for anyone to capture.

  • The eduroam SSID provides per user encryption which is very secure.
  • The uofrPSK SSID uses the WPA2 to encrypt traffic from your laptop to the wireless access point, but all UofR Faculty, Staff, and Students have access to the encryption key which would allow technical savvy users to decrypt all wireless traffic.
  • If you are using uofrPSK or uofrGuest it is recommended that you switch to using eduroam.

Where your device doesn't support the required protocols we recommend you take the following precautions:

  • Do not enter sensitive information on web pages unless there is a padlock symbol shown (with the padlock locked).
  • For UofR supported software:
    • Many email clients do not encrypt your login credentials. Students can use the student webmail interface. Staff can use the Groupwise email client that does encrypt passwords and the data stream, or Staff webmail interface.
    • The WS_FTP client does not encrypt your password or data. It is recommended that WinSCP (available from the downloads page) be used as it uses SSH to encrypt file transfers. This will allow you to securely transfer files between most Unix servers on campus and your PC.
    • Students can configure Microsoft Security Essentials which is part of Windows.
    • Faculty and Staff have access to install Sophos Antivirus software from Downloads which uses standard non-encrypted http to manually download updated virus signature files if you are not logged into Micro Focus OES on a managed machine.
  • It is recommended that you login to Micro Focus OES every time you use the wireless network for this reason as the Micro Focus OES login is encrypted.
    • If you do not login to Micro Focus OES, you may want to configure Sophos to not automatically check every hour and instead while connected to the wired network or an encrypted wireless network, regularly double click on the remote update icon in the systray to update your def files.
    • See Sophos Installation Instructions for details on configuring update options.