Information Technology

Bring Your Own Device

Bringing Your Own Device (BYOD) to campus?

If you are bringing your personally owned device which you will be connecting to the Fort Lewis College network you must register it before being allowed onto the network.  Devices must have an updated and current operating system and antivirus software.

  1. What is BYOD
  2. Guest and Fort Lewis College Wireless Networks
  3. Connecting your Laptop to the Wireless Network
  4. Smartphones and Tablets
  5. Gaming or other Entertainment devices
  6. Printers
  7. Security
  8. Help?

1. What is a BYOD?

Personally owned devices are any electronic device which you would connect to the Internet or the campus network. These include:

  • Laptop computers, Windows, Macintosh and Linux
  • Desktop computers, Windows, Macintosh and Linux
  • iPads, Chromebooks, and Android tablets
  • iPods and MP3 players with wireless connections
  • Kindle, Nook and other e-book readers
  • iPhone and other Smartphones with wireless connections
  • Playstation, Xbox, Wii and other gaming consoles
  • AppleTVs, Google TVs, Internet enabled TVs

What devices are not allowed to connect to the FLC network?

Due to security concerns and network stability FLC doesn’t allow certain devices to connect to the network. The FLC network is significantly larger than your home network. To provide the best network experience, we can’t allow all devices to connect to the FLC network.  Your home network generally contains only a few devices and if something goes wrong only those devices are affected.  The FLC network consists of thousands of devices and users which all must work together on the network.  Some devices can actually interfere with other devices on the network and may cause security problems for other users of the network.

The following personal devices are not allowed to connect to the network:

  • Wireless Printers
  • Wireless Routers
  • Wireless Access Points
  • Servers

2. Guest and Fort Lewis College Wireless Networks

Fort Lewis College supports 3 official wireless networks on campus. These are : Guest, Fort Lewis College, and Eduroam.  Please use one of these official networks, if you see a network which is not one of these three networks, it is a rogue wireless network and we strongly recommend you do not connect to it because of security risks.

Fort Lewis College: This network provides our highest performance and security. This is an encrypted network and it requires a Fort Lewis College user ID and password to connect. The network uses the 802.1x security protocol. 

When you connect to the Fort Lewis College Wireless, your device will prompt you for a user ID and password.  Enter your FLC user ID and password. This is the same ID and password that you use on Webopus, theFort, and Webmail. Please note that your User ID is also your email name without the @fortlewis.edu. 

After connecting to Fort Lewis College you should open a web browser to see if you are connected to the internet and the Fort Lewis Network.

Guest: This is a restricted network for casual and guest usage. If you have a Fort Lewis College user ID and password, you should use the Fort Lewis College wireless network, and not the Guest network.

The Guest wireless network does not provide encryption, and other users may be able to see what you are transmitting and receiving. The Guest wireless network utilizes network filters to prohibit or block:

  1. Academic Fraud
  2. Adware
  3. Gambling
  4. Hate/Discrimination
  5. Nudity
  6. Peer to Peer File Sharing
  7. Parked Domains
  8. Pornography
  9. Proxy Anonymizer
  10. Tasteless
  11. Typo Squatting
  12. Web Spam

Eduroam:  Eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. Eduroam allows any user from an Eduroam participating site to get network access at any institution connected to Eduroam, including Fort Lewis College. Visitors to Fort Lewis from other Eduroam facilities can use their provided log-on information to access Eduroam.  Fort Lewis members can log in here and at other Eduroam facilities  by using their fully qualified Fort Lewis user name ("Username"@fortlewis.edu) and your FLC password.  Eduroam is secure and encrypted.

 

3. Connecting Laptops to the Wireless Network

Windows

  1. Open your wireless setup window and select the Fort Lewis College wireless connection.
    1. Select Wirelss
  2. You will be prompted for your Fort Lewis username and password. Some windows systems will see a warning about the connection.
    1. Windows Connection Warning
  3. Click the details button and verify that the server is *.fortlewis.edu.
    1. Registration Details
    2. If the server is *.fortlewis.edu, then proceed and click connect.
  4. Once connected, open your browser and you should be registered on the network. This process can take a couple of minutes.

Macintosh

  1. Select the Fort Lewis College wireless connection.
    1. Select Wireless Connection
  2. You will be prompted for the Fort Lewis username and password. You will get a message to Verify Certificate.
    1. Certificate Warning
    2. Click the Show Certificate button.
    3. Verify Certificate
    4. If the server is a *.fortlewis.edu, then you can proceed to click Continue.
  3. Open your browser and you should be registered on the network.  This process can take a couple of minutes.

4. Smartphones and Tablets

Mobile Devices can vary greatly, but the steps should be similar to a computer.

1. Go to your devices wireless setup location.
2. Select the wireless system to connect to, and you will be prompted to enter your Fort Lewis username and password.
3. Choose to "Connect".  You might see a message about a Certificate and you will have to accept the Certificate.
4. Once connected you should be able to access the internet.  Test by opening a browser and see if there is a connection.

5. How do I connect my gaming device, Blu-Ray player or TV to the network?

Gaming devices without a web browser require a manual registration before they may be used on the network.  You can register your device yourself at this web location: https://www.fortlewis.edu/it/ResidenceNetwork/GamingDevice.aspx   You will need to know the MAC address of your device.  The MAC address can usually be obtained from the settings area of your device, but each device is different.  You can also find a link to the Gaming Registration page on the Fort Portal page, thefort.fortlewis.edu.  Look under the Quicklinks for "GAming Registration".  

Please contact the IT Help Desk at (970) 247-7444 if you need assistance registering your device.

To register a web capable device you can click on the Gaming Registration QUICKLINK on the theFort portal, thefort.fortlewis.edu. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Printers

DO NOT connect a wireless printer to FLC's wireless network. Use a USB cable, and connect directly to your printer, even if your printer has wireless capabilities.  Making a printer available over a wireless network opens it up for anyone to use or abuse and in addition, wireless printers can cause issues to other wireless network users who may be in the vicinity. Therefore, wireless printers are not allowed on the FLC network.

7. What about security?

As you connect your devices to the Fort Lewis College networks or any network you should always be concerned about security.  If the connection is not encrypted, other people may be able to see your information as you transmit and receive it.  You also need to be concerned with how your device is setup to share information.  You may have your device setup to allow others to see your files and pictures, which is ok at home,  but do you really want 3000 FLC users to be able to see your files?

You are encouraged to run antivirus software and to maintain your devices with the latest operating system updates.  Most current operating systems have anti-virus built in to them.  You can also obtain virus protection software on the internet free of charge.  If you are unsure if your device has antivirus software,  please bring it by the Help desk and we can assist you.

Please note that FORT LEWIS COLLEGE will never ask for your password in an e-mail, txt message, over the phone or in person.  You may have to enter your password on some websites and on your device.  Malicious users will try to trick you into entering your userid and password by diverting you to fraudulant FLC email or websites or by sending you an email saying something is wrong with your account and you need to log into the website link they provide.  Please, always  be cautious and suspicious especially if someone wants you to enter your credentials!  If in doubt, call our Help Desk at 970-247-7444.

8. What if I need help?

If you can’t get your device connected to the network we recommend that you can bring your device to the Help Desk which is located in the basement of the Reed Library, Room 2D.  The Help Desk is open during normal college hours, Monday – Friday; 8:00 to 5:00 and some availability on the weekends.  You may also call (970) 247-7444 or email askIT@fortlewis.edu if you have questions.

Our New Help Desk Office in Reed Library (Basement, Room 2D)