Encrypted wireless network goes live

This summer, IET piloted a wireless network service called "MoobilenetX". It uses the 802.1x protocol for authentication and provides encrypted traffic between the wireless card on your computer and the wireless access point. The use of the 802.1x protocol for authentication increases the efficiency of authentication and the flow of traffic.

The pilot was successful, and based on consultation and input from the campus technical community, this new wireless network service will go live on Monday, September 24 - just in time for the start of the academic year.

The MoobilenetX service will be deployed in parallel with the existing Moobilenet service; both networks will be visible to computers equipped with wireless cards and within range of an IET-maintained access point (see coverage areas). Department-maintained access points that currently broadcast Moobilenet will not be configured for MoobilenetX. And although IET strongly encourages the campus community to switch to the secure MoobilenetX service as an alternative to Moobilenet, it is not required.

To use MoobilenetX, your computer must be configured to use the 802.1x protocol. An auto-configure tool for Windows XP and Vista users, and step-by-step instructions for Mac OS X, Windows XP, and Windows Vista are available at wireless.ucdavis.edu

Support for MoobilenetX will be provided by IT Express, the computing help desk. For more information, visit wireless.ucdavis.edu or call IT Express at 530-754-HELP.