When students return to campus this fall, they will connect their laptops, tablets and smartphones to a new wireless network.
The Division of Information Technology will launch “GWireless” before the start of the semester, the University announced Tuesday. Students, faculty and staff will be able to connect to the network directly using their NetIDs and passwords, rather than first installing a separate software as they do now to connect to GW1X.
University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar declined to comment on which day GWireless would launch or why GW wanted to change its network.
GW last upgraded its wireless three years ago, when the Division of IT launched GW1X so devices like Android phones, iPads and Apple OS X computers could more easily connect.
That system followed another that was also called GWireless, which prompted users to log in every time they tried to access wireless internet on campus. At the time, users complained they could easily get booted off the network.