ResNet Wired, ResNet Wireless, eduroam on campus, 3 systems, 2 setup tools, 2 sets of instructions… that’s all a bit confusing, perhaps it’s time we simplified all that.
This summer, we’re going to wave goodbye to ResNet Wireless and make eduroam available in the halls of residence. This will mean that you only have to set up your computer/phone/tablet once, and it’ll work in halls and on campus. Much simpler for you, and much easier for us to support!
We’ve made the first step in that direction already, and the eduroam wireless signal is now available in halls. If your computer is already set up to use eduroam when you’re on campus you’ll find you can already use eduroam in your room! Somewhere around 12% of the devices we normally see connecting to ResNet Wireless are already connecting to the eduroam signal.
We’ve still got a bit of work to do to transition fully to eduroam in halls, but the timeline looks a bit like this:
- 7th May 2013 – we added the eduroam (and Bristol-WiFi-Setup) signals to the wireless coverage in halls
- 17th June 2013 – we’ll start contacting those who haven’t migrated, so that if they’re staying on in halls they don’t lose out
- 24th June 2013 – we switch off the ResNet Wireless signal
Somewhere in between those two dates we’ll be launching a new version of the connection instructions for new users, updating the website, and making sure that anyone who hasn’t moved over to eduroam does so. The IT Service Desk will be laying on some additional telephone support (starting on the 24th June) for anyone who needs help migrating – we don’t want to leave anyone stranded with no internet!
The super-high-speed ResNet Wired service will be staying around, and will not be changing. At some point in the future (probably 2014/2015) we’d like to make the setup of the wired service the same as eduroam. The idea being that you set up your computer once and use it on the wired or wireless, seamlessly – but that’s a little way off yet!