How to Be a Good WiFi Citizen

It may not be obvious at first, but what you do when you’re in your office, classroom, or walking around campus can affect WiFi performance for those around you. Learn how you can improve your own (and everyone's) WiFi experience on campus with some best practices.

  • Choose your connections wisely
    • Use hillspot - It is Stonehill's secure wireless network available on campus. The guest network is an unsecured, limited network. It should only be used by visitors to the College who do not have Stonehill credentials.
    • Use wired (ethernet) connections when possible – All things being equal, wired connections are always faster and more stable than WiFi. Plus, using a wired connection frees up space on hillspot for others who need it.
  • Don't send mixed signals - WiFi networks use the same radio frequencies that many electronic devices, which may cause interference and impact its performance.
    • Don't use personal WiFi routers or hotspots on campus. This are prohibited on campus as they can cause interference that may inhibit WiFi for others nearby.
    • Avoid using wireless printers in wireless mode – wireless printing will not work on the campus network so please make sure to turn off wireless mode to prevent interference.

WiFi signals can be negatively affected by a surprising number of everyday devices. Microwave ovens, cordless phones, wireless audio speakers, wireless clocks, projectors, cameras, and gaming console controllers all use the same spectrum as the campus WiFi network and can interfere with your ability to receive the strongest signal to your device.

Device

Impact

Range

Suggested Solution

Microwave Ovens

Very Severe

Short

Keep microwaves away from computers.

Wireless Routers

Severe

Very Long

Refrain from using your own router.

Wireless Cameras & Projectors

Severe

Very Long

Disable wireless. Use wired devices/connections.

Apple Time Capsules
(Use only for data backup)

Severe

Very Long

Disable wireless, connect via Ethernet cable.

Wireless Media Players

(Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc.)

Severe

Long

Disable device’s wireless, connect via cables.

Wireless Printers

Severe

Medium

Disable wireless. Connect directly via USB cable.

Wireless Speakers

Severe

Medium

Use wired speakers.

Wireless Gaming Controllers

Severe

Short

Keep devices powered off when not in use.

Bluetooth Devices

Medium

Short

Keep devices powered off when not in use.

Certain Computer Displays

Medium

Short

Power off monitor when not in use.