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Wireless Network Services Kutztown University
Bear Net Wireless Network
Welcome to the Kutztown University Wireless Network Infrastructure, also known as "Bear Net". The Bear Net wireless infrastructure was established in April 2004, augmenting our wired Gigabit Ethernet network. The Information Technology Services department at Kutztown University first started researching wireless technologies in 2001 to enhance our wired network on campus. Using wireless connections enables laptops to remain portable without sacrificing the advantages that come with being connected to a wired network. Wireless networks can substitute for a traditional higher-speed wired connection on campus, they can be a convenience for simple applications like email exchanges, Web browsing, presentations, and file sharing. These advantages including freedom, mobility, convenience and access to shared networked information, without looking for a place to plug in, combine data connectivity with user mobility.  

Wireless networks have come a long way from 2001, including new 802.11x standards as well as vendor technologies, and performance. The main focus of Bear Net was selecting a wireless vendor which would integrate and enhance our wired network as well as providing state of the art security across all platforms (Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix). The Bear Net wireless network uses the IEEE 802.11g standard which operates on the 2.4 GHz unlicensed ISM spectrum. The 802.11g standard can deliver up to 54 Mbps data rates in the 2.4 GHz frequency band. Since both 802.11g and 802.11b operate on the 2.4 GHz frequency band, they are completely interoperable. Therefore, users can protect the investments they've made in 802.11b equipment when purchasing compatible 802.11g products. To learn more about wireless standards please refer to "wireless standards" section.

To locate a Bear Net wireless network please refer to the Bear Net Wireless locations link and or look for this symbol in your surrounding area.

Wireless Security
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides Kutztown University with a trusted computing environment using Bluesocket technology.

Wireless Standards
Wireless devices based on 802.11g standard will work on Kutztown University network and is considered the best choice for connecting to Kutztown University wireless network.

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