Network Connectivity

The Division of Information Technology strives to provide a robust and reliable network for the campus community.  Several key components of this network include:

  • Redundant Internet connections with automatic failover
  • 802.11n WiFi connectivity in all campus buildings
  • A web based VPN for secure connections to campus resources
  • A network access control system to ensure computers connecting to the network are safe

RU resources are available from any Internet connection.  A list of local Internet Service Providers is available to help you in your selection of a connection for use when not on campus.

Identity Services Engine (ISE)

In order to protect the campus network from the serious security threats associated with viruses, worms, and malware, DoIT has installed a system called Idenity Services Engine (ISE).  ISE secures the network by making sure that all computers on the network meet the following conditions:

  1. The computer has Windows Update turn on (for Windows Systems).
  2. The computer is running a known Antivirus program.

For more information on joining the wireless network, please see the Radford Wireless Solutions Library Search.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The Radford University VPN creates a secure and encrypted network connection to the RU campus from the Internet. The VPN is required to connect to any sensitive systems such as Banner or the H: drive from off campus.  For more information about the VPN and how it is configured, please see the OneStop Solutions Library article.

Wireless Access (WiFi)

All of Radford University campus buildings have wireless access. It is recommended that all faculty, staff, and students use Radford_Wireless when connecting to the wireless network. Radford_Wireless will encrypt all data as it is transmitted to the wireless access point preventing any exposure of data.  Wired connection is always recommended when available to provide a faster more reliable connection.

Radford_Guest is available, allowing campus visitors to access the campus network via a self-registration process.  Visitors simply connect to Radford_Guest network and then open a web browser and follow the instructions to complete the online registration form.  A text message and email with username and password will then be sent to the guest providing seven days of access to the guest network.