Is there a wireless network in METU, how can I connect?
History of Wireless Network in METU
Middle East Technical University Computer Center has been the first to deploy wireless network among Turkish universities. This network was setup in point-to-point mode with 802.11b standard. Four distant departments / administrative units were connected using this method.
A set of wireless connection equipment was set a side for emergency cases, in case the connection of a department might be damaged and there would be a need of immideate connection. This set was used a couple of times to connect the department/unit whose connection was damaged, to the backbone network temporarily until the connection is reestablihed conventioanlly.
Later in year 2003, the first workgroup mode wireless network was established at the top of Central Engineering Building for enabling mobile clients' connectivity to Internet.
The present of Wireless Network in METU
In year 2005, with the increase in number of the wireless clients, the coverage area of the workgroup wireless network METU had been expanded to cover nearly the whole departments and administrative units. In every department and unit, hot spots for mobile users had been determined and these spots had been covered with wireless networks by setting up 802.11g access points. Now there is at least one wireless coverage area in every department and in addition to these, part of the dormitories, all academic residences, all the halls of the Library and the Cultural and Convention Center, and the guest houses are under coverage. To see the map of the wireless network points in METU you can take a look this map.
To access to the wireless network, users needs to connect to the ng2k wireless network at first. Afterwards they need to go to the https://netlogin.metu.edu.tr webpage and login with their METU username and password.
There is currently at least one SSID broadcast in every AP (namely ng2k - which is short form of "network group 2000"). This one SSID broadcast is without any encryption. There is also a second SSID broadcast (namely eduroam) from some APs (Library, Computer Center, Cultural and Convention Center, Dept. of Computer Engineering, Aysel Sabuncu Life Center) that runs with 802.1x and that's a part of the EDUROAM, which stands for Education Roaming. EDUROAM runs on a RADIUS-based infrastructure that uses 802.1X security technology to allow for inter-institutional roaming. For more information about this network and the details of how to set it, please go to eduroam page.
Users without a wireless network interface card can borrow cards from the Library and Cultural and Convention Center with their ID cards. Unfortunately this service is available to METU students and personnel only. These cards are introduced to the authentication system beforehand and needn't to be registered.
People visiting METU can use the wireless service at Cultural and Convention Centre and guest houses by registering their MAC addresses. This is going to be temporary registerration and will be deleted after a predetermined time.