Beginning Monday, August 5, 2002 the wireless network that has been
Network Services in several buildings on campus (known as Cat's PAWS)
will be secured by being configured behind our VPN (Virtual Private
Network). This means that wireless users will need to install and run
VPN client software in order to access the wireless network. Currently,
the Cat's PAWS wireless network is completely open; there is no
encryption of information over the air and there is no authentication,
which means that anyone with an 802.11b wireless card can obtain
Internet access. From an Internet security standpoint, this is not a
good thing, thus the need to secure the wireless network.
After you have installed a VPN client, your wireless transmissions over
the air will be encrypted and you will need to authenticate yourself to
the VPN (using your Zoo username and password) in order to access the
Internet over the wireless network.
VPN clients for Windows, Mac OS 8 and 9, and Mac OS X can be downloaded
from the software distribution web page http://www.uvm.edu/software.
Installation instructions can also be found there. Macintosh users
should pay particular attention to the installation instructions and the
sequence of steps necessary to correctly install and run the VPN client.
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