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. Most devices must have current operating system updates and antivirus software.
- What is BYOD
- Guest and Fort Lewis College Wireless Networks
- Smartphones and Tablets
- Gaming or other Entertainment devices
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:
- Windows, Macintosh and Linux laptops.
- Desktop computers, Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
- iPads 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 BYOD can’t I connect to the campus 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 will 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 Routers
- Wireless Access Points
- Wireless Printers
2. Guest and Fort Lewis College Wireless Networks
Fort Lewis College supports 2 official networks on campus. Please use one of the official networks, if you see a network which is not Guest or Fort Lewis College, it is a rogue network and we strongly recommend you do not connect to it.
Fort Lewis College: This network provides our highest performance and security. This is an encrypted network which requires a Fort Lewis College userid and password to connect. The network uses the 802.1x security protocol.
When you connect to Fort Lewis College your device will prompt you for a userid and password, enter your FLC userid and password. This is the same ID you use on Webopus, theFort and Webmail. It is also your email name without the @fortlewis.edu.
After connecting to Fort Lewis College you must open a web browser, your device will be registered on the network. Please be patient and follow the directions on the screen.
Guest: This is a restricted network for casual and guest usage. If you have a Fort Lewis College userid and password you are encouraged to use the Fort Lewis College wireless network.
The Guest wireless network does not provide encryption, other users may be able to see what you are transmitting and receiving. The Guest wireless network utilizes network filters to prohibit:
- Academic Fraud
- Peer to Peer File Sharing
- Parked Domains
- Proxy Anonymizer
- Typo Squatting
- Web Spam
- Select the Fort Lewis College wireless connection.
- You will be prompted for your Fort Lewis username and password. Some windows systems will see a warning about the connection.
- Click the details button and verify that the server is *.fortlewis.edu.
- If the server is *.fortlewis.edu, then proceed and click connect.
- Once connected, open your browser and you should be registered on the network. This process can take a couple of minutes.
- Select the Fort Lewis College wireless connection.
- You will be prompted for the Fort Lewis username and password. You will get a message to Verify Certificate.
- Click the Show Certificate button.
- If the server is a *.fortlewis.edu, then you can proceed to click Continue.
- 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. Connect your device to the Fort Lewis College wireless connection.
2. You will be prompted to enter your Fort Lewis username and password.
3. You might see a message about the Certificate and you will have to accept the Certificate.
4. Then open your browser and the scan should be initiated.
5. Once the scan completes successfully, you will be able to access the internet.
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 will need to know the MAC address of your device. Contact the IT Help Desk at (970) 247-7444 to register your device.
To register a web capable device you can click on the Gaming Registration QUICKLINK on the theFort portal, https://thefort.fortlewis.edu. Follow the instructions on the screen.
DO not connect a printer to FLC's wireless network. Bring 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. Therefore, we are not allowing wireless printers on the FLC network.
7. What about security?
As you connect your devices to the Fort Lewis College networks or any network you should 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 want 2000 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. Fort Lewis College provides free antivirus software to all Students and Faculty. You may download it from the Skysoft QUICKLINK on theFort portal, https://thefort.fortlewis.edu.
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 may try to trick you into entering your userid and password by looking like a FLC email or website. Please be cautious and 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/Connection Center which is located in the basement of the Reed Library. The Help Desk/Connection Center is open during normal college hours, Monday – Friday 8:00 to 5:00 with some availability on the weekends. You may also call (970) 247-7444 or email askIT@fortlewis.edu if you have questions.