General Notes for the Wireless Networks at SVA

Devices must be 802.11a, 802.11a/n, or 802.11a/n/ac (5-GHz) capable in order to see and connect to wireless networks at SVA. SVA no-longer supports 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11g/n, or 802.11b/g/n (2.4-GHz). If you are sure that your device supports the correct frequency band, but you still don’t see the desired network being advertised, please contact the helpdesk.

Devices such as computers, tablets, smartphones, etc. should connect to the SVA Secure WiFi network for wireless internet access. This uses an 802.1x EAP-TLS security certificate as its method of authentication and authorization. The certificate tells SVA’s networks that your device is permitted on the wireless network as a trusted and authenticated device without the need for repeated logins. The certificate does not interact with your device in any other fashion. For convenience, the secure certificate can be installed on your devices both on or off-campus. Please read the device-specific instructions for your device for more information on this process.

Onboarding a device (registering it, and installing the secure certificate) requires that device to have internet access. If that device does not have an internet connection, you will need to either connect to your cell phone’s hotspot, or use your cell phone to request internet access through the sponsored guest portal. See the “How to Connect a Device to SVA’s Guest Network” for more information on this.

Devices such as gaming consoles, Echos, Alexas, Roku boxes, and other such devices that aren’t 802.1x capable, should connect to the SVA IOT network. This network uses WPA2-PSK as its method of authentication. This network provides external internet access only, and has no connectivity to any internal SVA resources.

The SVA IOT network is only present in the residence halls, and is not to be used on any device that is 802.1x capable.