WiFi and Internet

Wireless Internet Connections

The CUI Campus offers three different WiFi options for anyone on campus. Each contains a different level of security and a separate method of logging in.

  1. CUI_WPA2

This networks is our free-to-all general purpose network. Any guests on campus should use this network to connect to the internet. A password is still required to login, but the password is exactly the same as the name: "CUI_WPA2".

  1. CUI_Open

Another free-to-all and general purpose network, CUI_Open requires an email address before allowing access to the internet. This email does not have to be associated with Concordia, we just ask for an email address for verification and data. No password is required.

  1. CUI_Secure

This network is our most secure network, requiring your E# and password to login. There are many resources that are only accessible while connected to this network, so it is recommended that Staff and Faculty computers remain connected to this network at all times. Mobile devices, however, are recommended to not connect to CUI_Secure, as doing so often causes a users SSO account to be locked out when errors occur.

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Wired Internet Connections

Offices, classrooms, and most* dorms will have ethernet ports, allowing access to a wired internet connection while on campus. This wired connection has several advantages. The big advantage of using ethernet is stability and speed. An ethernet connection provides a significantly better connection, affecting upload and download speed since it does not have to travel wirelessly and be affected by other devices taking up bandwidth.

The second advantage is that a wired connection provides all of the same resources that CUI_Secure does. If you have access to a shared drive folder, it can be viewed both on CUI_Secure as well as a wired connection.

To connect to an ethernet port, a CAT5 cable (almost always blue-in-color) needs to be plugged into the port on the wall. Most desktop and laptop computers will already have a port for the other end of the cable, but some may require an adapter. After the cable is plugged in on both sides, the wired connection will automatically start.

If you need one of these cables, or an adapter to connect to one, feel free to stop by the IT Office in Admin 209 and we can provide what we have!

Additionally, if one of these wall ports is broken or looks out of place, please contact us with a description and location of the issue!

*Sigma does not have readily available ethernet ports in most rooms.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN extends a private network across a public network and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.

For Concordia, this means that users with a VPN can access Concordia's network from anywhere - they do not have to be on campus. This is essential for working from home as it allows you to access network only resources like the shared drive.

At the moment, due to Covid-19, all Staff and Faculty computers are equipped with three separate VPN connections for use at any time. These connections are called CUI VPN-A, CUI VPN-B, and CUI VPN-C. All three connections function the same, so it does not matter which one you use. To sign in to a VPN, you will need to enter your E# and SSO Password.

If your VPN is not working, check to make sure that you are connected to a local network first. Your computer will need to be connected to another network first, such as your home WiFi. If this connection is confirmed and there are still issues with your VPN, please call us at 949-214-3175 or email us at its@cui.edu and we'll be happy to help!

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