Connecting to the Internet

There are several options to connect to the internet on campus.  By far the most popular is via the wireless network. There are three wireless networks available for students at Western. There is an additional network intended for campus visitors.

  1. Western-Encrypted:  A secure, restricted, encrypted network that requires your Western username and password. Recommended for all uses except as described below.
  2. Western-Unencrypted:  A standard unencrypted wireless network for use with devices that are unable to handle enterprise encryption.
  3. Western-Game-Consoles:  Connect to this network with your games consoles.  It is specifically configured to allow online gaming that will not work using the other networks.
  4. Western-Visitors:  Allows limited temporary access for visitors to campus.  Requires self-registration and is not intended for use by students.

System Requirements

Nearly all modern computers, tablets, phones and game consoles are able to connect to the network.  Computers are required to have a modern operating system (Windows XP or later, Mac OSX or later), be up to date with the latest security updates and have an effective antivirus installed. When you connect to any network besides the Visitor network you will be required to install a Policy Key.  This is a one time only requirement and once installed, you will no longer have to log in when you connect to the network, it will connect automatically.

IMPORTANT: Anyone using the network MUST agree to the Acceptable Use Policy or you will not be able to connect.

How to connect...

Windows

  1. Connect to the the "Western-Encrypted" wireless network.
  2. When prompted, type in your student username (stuXXXXXX) and password.
  3. You will get a pop-up asking to Accept the Certificate
  4. Click Connect
  5. You will now be connected to Western-Encrypted

  1. Select Western-Encrypted from the Available Networks
  2. You will get a pop-up asking for WPA2 enterprise credentials
  3. Type in your username and password
  4. Select Join (you can remember the network to connect easily next time)
  5. Accept the certificate and click continue
  6. You do need admin privileges to Accept the certificate
  7. Now you should be connected to Western-Encrypted

  1. To use a wired connection, first connect your cable.
  2. After you connect your cable, open a web browser and navigate to any off-campus location (e.g. Google).
  3. You will be prompted to login to Https://accesscontrol.western.edu.  Log in using your student number (stu######) and password. Make sure the third box is set to Western Community and select Sign In.
  4. If you are logging in for the first time you will be prompted to install the Juniper Access client.  This works best with Internet Explorer or Safari and requires Java to be installed on your computer.


A valid game console is automatically allowed on the network without the need to login. If you are having issues getting your game console connected to the network please contact the Student Helpdesk.

Major network Dont's

We do our best to provide a free an open computing environment on campus.  There are a few things that we ask you not to do, primarily because of the severe negative affect it can have on the performance and accessibility of the network.  If we detect any of the issues described below (or any other situation which is causing harm or is obviously illegal) we must reserve the right to block network access until the problem is resolved.

  • Do not run a DHCP or DNS server on the campus network.
  • Do not use a wireless router on campus, it will interfere with the campus wireless and decrease performance and reliability for everyone.
  • Do not use a wireless printer on campus (see Wireless Router)
  • Do not use the campus network to share or download copyrighted material that you do not have legal right to do so.