Do you ever have trouble getting a stable WiFi connection on campus, in areas like residence halls or office spaces where you should have full access? It may not be obvious at first, but your devices can powerfully interfere with the signal for everyone around you. Learn how you can improve your own (and everyone's) WiFi experience on campus with some best practices.
- Don't use personal wireless routers, hotspots, or printers on campus. These are prohibited on campus as they can cause strong interference that inhibits WiFi for others nearby. Also, wireless printers don’t work on campus networks anyway.
- Turn off all wireless devices when not in use. Many devices such as wireless video game controllers, wireless speakers, and wireless media players (AppleTVs, Chromecast, FireTV) can contribute to wireless interference, so make sure to power your devices down when you are not using them.
- Plug it in whenever possible. If you have a way to plug in your wireless device with an ethernet cable, use that option over WiFi. You and your neighbors will have a better experience.
For a list of common devices that can cause wireless interference, see our knowledge base article on How to Be a Good Wifi Citizen.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 508-565-4357 (HELP) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.