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WiFi Connections

WiFi Connections

As we all travel around, one of the first things we like to do is connect to the internet as soon as we arrive at our destination. This makes sense because most of our professional life is contained somewhere in the "Cloud" now.

Most times we just expect it all to work, right?

You open up your laptop and go to Google and you're in!

Don't be so sure...

If you notice that the connection may be slow...or you cannot print to the location you could previously...ask yourself...

Am I sure I am connected to the correct network?

Never take for granted that you are connected to the network you think you are. When you are in a different location than usual, check to be sure your connection is the one you expect.

Look for the radio bars. This icon is sometimes under the little triangle to the left.

When you roll over the bars icon, it should tell you which network you are connected to.

If you click on the icon, it should open up a window to show you a list of available networks. If you do not see the one you think should be connected to, click on the refresh button on the top right. All of the networks in the district have ID's that are recognizable as part of the respective school. As you can see in this example, it is Windham Central. Networks that show the little gold shield is warning you that the network is open and unprotected.

There is a reason to be concerned. 

If you connect to a strange network without knowing, there is potential for compromising confidential information.

You could be connected to a spoofed router that was set up to steal your information (unlikely here in rural Vermont).

Much more likely, but more concerning, is if you connect to a network that is not the one you should be on and you want to print a document, you could be printing information to a strangers printer with potential FERPA implications.
Please be aware of your computer use and take the time to get to know your equipment. Just like your vehicle, you do need to change the oil and rotate the tires occasionally. Take the time to allow the machine to install updates. Empty the Trash and the Downloads folder on a regular basis and you will have a machine that will do what you need it to do when you need it to.

If you are unsure of what to do or how to do it, please come to Tech Play Time on Wednesdays at 3:00pm in room B16 at Leland and Gray or ask your IT support to walk you through this process so you will know how to do it in the future.

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