Dispatches From The Geeks

News and Announcements from the MCS Systems Group

Upcoming Wireless Network Changes

Please see the following notice from CIS.

The short version of the story is that next week, you will notice a change in the wireless network names used onsite. Specifically instead of the many options you currently see, there will primarily only be two: Argonne-auth and Argonne-guest. As with the current setup, connections to the “auth” network require authenticating with your Argonne credentials and gain you access to a trusted VPN network. Connections to the “guest” network requires no authentication, but does require filling out a web registration form which you will see on your first browser connection.

CELS Systems staff will be visiting known AppleTVs in the conference rooms in 3178, 4172, and 4313 to make sure they’re on the new network, as well as updating the building kiosks.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

On Sunday, November 9, 2014, CIS will be reducing the number of published Service Set Identifiers (SSIDs) on both the “Authenticated” and “Guest” wireless network networks. We are doing this to make it easier for Argonne employees and visitors to know which WiFi SSID to use.

Certain special and specific WiFi SSIDs at Argonne-Lodging, the DC office, and certain areas of the Advanced Photon Source will not be affected or changed. However, the “Authenticated” network SSID will change everywhere.
WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR?

Sunday, November 9, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

After Sunday, November 9, 2014, employees and visitors will need to remove, delete, or ignore (“Forget This Network”) the following SSID names from the Wi-Fi Network Preferences or Managed Wireless Networks Profile (depending on operating system):

• ArgonneG-auth
• ArgonneA-Auth
• ArgonneG-guest
• ArgonneA-guest
• ANLTCSG-guest
• ANLTCSA-guest
• In the Argonne RAP office: RAP-OfficeG-guest

They will then need to connect and set up the new SSIDs: Argonne-auth (Argonne Employee) and/or Argonne-guest (Argonne Visitor). These new SSIDs will automatically support 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequencies (also known as 802.11a/n, 802.11b/g/n) and will allow devices to choose the best and least congested frequency on the WiFi SSID chosen.

If you have Apple TVs or other digital displays that depend on a wireless connection, those devices will also need to be reconnected to the appropriate network. CIS will be re-establishing wireless connectivity on these devices starting Monday, November 10th. If an employee needs assistance with a critical meeting that may use some of these devices (Mondo Pad, Visix digital displays or Apple TVs), please contact the Service Desk at ext. 2-9999, option 2.
WHAT IS THE EFFECT ON YOU?

Choosing a wifi network will be easier for Argonne employees and visitors while on site.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Report issues with services after the maintenance is complete to the CIS Service Desk at ext. 2-9999, option 2.

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Written by Craig Stacey

November 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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