Information Technology - Wireless and Internet at the University of Central Oklahoma

Wireless and Internet

The University of Central Oklahoma is proud to offer high-speed internet access to our students, faculty, staff, and guests.  Below are a few guides to get you started on the UCO Wireless Network. If you have any issues accessing the network please contact the UCO Service Desk by phone at 405.974.2255, by email, or in person. The UCO Service Desk is located in the northeast corner of the first floor of the Max Chambers’ Library and the hours of operation can be found on the Support and FAQ web page.

For assistance in configuring your wireless device for UCO email, please visit our Email Access page.  

Help Test the New BYOD Wireless Networks

One of the features of the new Cisco Network Infrastructure is the ability for us to automate the onboarding of new devices on to the UCO_SECURE wireless network. We all know that UCO_SECURE uses encryption to ensure that your data is secure when transmitted wirelessly. We also all know that sometimes getting your device to connect to UCO_SECURE can be difficult at times. This new onboarding process allows you to "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) and connect to the wireless network automatically!

In order for us to test and evaluate this new onboarding process we have created a couple of new "Test Networks" in all buildings on campus. You may have already seen the new UCO_TEST network and the new SECURE_TEST network this past Spring Semester. Both of these new networks were located in the Max Chamber's Library, the Nigh University Center, and the new Transformative Learning Quad housing building. With this first phase of testing complete, we are now ready to test in all buildings this summer!

So, how does this new "Automatic" system work? Good question! It's very simple, and all it requires you to do is connect your laptop or smartphone to the UCO_TEST network. After you connnect, your device should open a web browser and prompt you to login, just like it does when connecting to the current UCO wireless network. Once you login using your UCO domain credentials, simply follow the prompts to get your device registered and to have a certificate downloaded and installed on your device. Once you have a certificate installed, your device will automatically disconnect from UCO_TEST and will then automatically connect to SECURE_TEST, and you're done! The best part about this system is that for the remainder of the school year, your device will automatically connect to the SECURE_TEST network and you will not have to sign in with your username and password!

During the final testing phase this Summer we will be evaluating the process and identifying any issues. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns on this new BYOD onboarding process, please contact the UCO IT Service Desk and let us know! If all goes well, and this new process works successfully, then we will implement these new BYOD networks starting in the fall.

Here are a few guides that will walk you through the process of getting your device connected to the new Wireless BYOD Test n Networks:

Register your devices on UCO's new "My Devices Portal"

One of the newest features of UCO's upgraded network is the My Devices Portal. This portal allows students, faculty, and staff to register their devices in order to connect to the UCO wireless network automatically without the need to sign in every time.

In order to get your device on to UCO's wireless network you will need to add it to UCO's My Devices List. Using your web browser, go to https://mydevices.uco.edu/ and login using the credentials you use to access your email.

Once you are logged in, follow the instructions to register up to 5 of your devices. Once registered, your device will be able to connect to the UCO wireless network without needing to sign-in.

When connecting your devices, be sure to use the UCO wireless network and not the UCO_SECURE wireless network.

UCO vs UCO_SECURE: What is the difference?

There are two different wireless networks on campus, UCO and UCO_SECURE.

What is the difference between encrypted versus unencrypted? On the UCO_SECURE network, the data that is transmitted wirelessly between your device and the wireless access point is encrypted for security. This means your data is safe from prying eyes. When you are on UCO, the data that is transmitted wirelessly is sent in "clear text". This means anybody with the knowledge can "eavesdrop" on your wireless traffic and see what you are doing. Does this mean that UCO is unsafe? Not at all! Whenever you are using Wi-Fi, regardless of whether you are at home, at Starbucks, or on UCO's campus, make sure that the websites you visit and log into use SSL for security. You can ensure that SSL is being used by looking at the web address in your browser's address bar and checking to see if the address starts with "https://". Any traffic between your device and a website with https:// in the address is encrypted for your security. Remember, the S means you are secure!

Want to know more about staying secure online? Visit the Office of Information Technology Cyber Security web page to learn more staying safe online!

How do I get connected?

The following devices can connect to UCO_SECURE without additional setup:

Windows devices, such as Windows computers, require additional device setup before connecting to UCO_SECURE. To setup your Windows device to connect to UCO_SECURE, refer to the "UCO_SECURE" Wireless Network Information section below.

"UCO" Wireless Network Information:

When using the “UCO” wireless network to access the internet, you must first sign in to the login web page before you can access the internet. This means that if you connect to “UCO” on your smartphone or tablet device, you will not have access to any network services until you open a browser and sign in. Or you can now use the new My Devices Portal to register your device for the UCO wireless network! (See the "My Devices Portal" section above.)

To login:

"UCO_SECURE" Wireless Network Information:

When using the “UCO_SECURE” wireless network, you will be prompted for a username and password before you can connect to the actual wireless network. To ensure that all internal traffic is secure, this network uses something called 802.1x Encryption. This technical jargon simply means that your wireless traffic is secure on this network. Smart devices, such as Android phones & tablets, and Apple devices, such as MacBooks, iPads, & iPhones do not require any additional configuration steps to be able to connect to UCO_SECURE.  Simply follow the guide for your particular type of device to connect.

Currently, most Windows devices do not have 802.1x enabled by default, and so you will be unable to connect to UCO_SECURE until you have enabled this feature. If you are a UCO employee and you have been issued a UCO laptop, then 802.1x should be already enabled for you. If you are having difficulties with your UCO laptop, please contact the IT Service Desk. If you are a UCO student or a guest, then here are a couple of detailed guide with screenshots showing how to connect to UCO_SECURE on a Windows device. Please be aware that Windows versions prior to Windows 7 are not supported on UCO_SECURE. 

Please note, Windows 10 has not been tested or officially approved for UCO use. This means that a configuration guide has not been developed for UCO wireless or VPN access.

Certificates: Megatron vs Galvatron vs Ignition

As we work through the campus-wide wireless network upgrade, we are currently running both the Old Network and the New Network at the same time. Both the Old Network and the New Network each have a "server" that allows your devices to connect to the wireless network. The name of the New Network servers are "Megatron" and "Galvatron", and the name of the Old Network server is "Ignition". What does this mean for you and your devices? This means you will be prompted to accept a certificate from each of these servers before you can connect.

When you first connect to the wireless network in one of the newly upgraded buildings, you will be prompted to accept a certificate from Megatron or from Galvatron. (See the list of currently upgraded buildings at the top of this page.) Then, when you first connect to the wireless in one of the non-upgraded buildings, you will be prompted to accept a certificate from Ignition. Once you have done this once for both the Old Network server and the New Network server, you should not need to do it again.

Occasionally, some devices do not like to accept two different certificates from the same wireless network. When this happens, your device will not want to connect to the wireless network in either the old buildings or the new buildings. When this happens you will need to "forget" the wireless network and then you will need to reconnect to the wireless network. This will force your device to forget the certificate that it is stuck on and then it will be able to re-accept it.

The Language Company (TLC) Student Wireless Access:

Students of the Edmond Language Institute will need to sign up for a long term Guest Pass with the UCO Service Desk in order to be able to access the UCO wireless network. Please visit the Service Desk with your TLC identification card and we will be happy to set you up with a Guest Pass for the duration of your stay at UCO. Once you have been assigned a Guest Pass, you will be able to connect to the "UCO" wireless network. The UCO Service Desk is located in the northeast corner of the first floor of the Max Chambers’ Library and the hours of operation can be found on the Support and FAQ web page.

Guest Access to UCO Wireless:

Guests of UCO are able to request a Guest Pass to the wireless network for up to five days at a time. A Guest Pass of a longer duration can be provided, if needed. Please contact the UCO Service Desk to request a Guest Pass. You will need to be able to provide a photo ID, contact number, email address, the reason for the Guest Pass, and the time frame of your visit to UCO. You may contact the UCO Service Desk by phone at 405.974.2255, by email, or in person. The UCO Service Desk is located in the northeast corner of the first floor of the Max Chambers’ Library and the hours of operation can be found on the Support and FAQ web page.

Gaming Consoles, Smart TVs, & Other Devices:

While UCO's Office of Information Technology strives to provide the best wireless experience possible for academic use, gaming consoles and other devices are not officially supported on the UCO wireless network. In particular, older gaming consoles and other devices do not have the technology to keep up with the latest in wireless speeds without causing an impact on wireless performance. Some devices are not able to successfully connect at all as either their wireless speeds or the wireless technology is not supported on the UCO wireless networks. Here is a list of devices that are not supported on any of the UCO wireless networks:

The recommended method for connecting these devices is with the use of a network cable plugged into a network port. The following Housing buildings have network ports available for student use:

West Hall and Murdaugh Hall do not have network ports installed in the dorm rooms, so older gaming consoles and these other listed devices will not be able to connect to UCO's network at this time.

In order to get your device on to UCO's wireless network you will need to add it to UCO's My Devices List. Using your web browser, go to https://mydevices.uco.edu/ and login using the credentials you use to access your email. Use your UCO login and password.

Once you are logged in, follow the instructions to register up to 5 of your devices. Once registered, your device will be able to connect to the UCO wireless network without needing to sign-in.

When connecting your devices, be sure to use the UCO wireless network and not the UCO_SECURE wireless network.

Please remember that all UCO Wireless Network access requires authentication of some sort, to comply with Federal Regulations.



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