Wireless for Departments

The UIC campus wireless network, UIC-WiFi, uses 802.11n network standard, and WPA2 Enterprise Security. WPA2 Enterprise implements the 802.11i security standard, which includes government-grade AES encryption and 802.1x authentication, which we use with EAP-TTLS-PAP. The additional security standards are necessary because 802.11 networks are not particularly secure used on their own. EAP-TTLS is the specific protocol by which our servers negotiate your 802.1x authentication; we use it with PAP inner authentication.


Departments at UIC who want to set up their own wireless networks must:

Each Access Point installed on campus must have a double data jack installed at least 10 feet high according to ACCC Telecom Policy. No open wireless access of any kind is permitted. Please contact the ACCC (network@uic.edu) before buying or installing any equipment to be sure your plans fit with our policy and infrastructure.

Setting up a departmental wireless network

The most important thing for you to do is the first step: contact us so we can help you plan your installation.

  1. Email network@uic.edu to open a Helpdesk case log to ask for a wireless survey for your area to find the best physical placement for your access point (AP). Please tell us the buildings, rooms, and areas where you want to have wireless accessible. 
  2. The ACCC Networks wireless staff will meet with you and discuss wireless possibilities and answer any questions. 
  3. ACCC Networks will make blueprints, then meet again with you. We will do a general walk through of area and, if necessary,to set up an additional appointment necessary to do real-time testing of signal strength.
  4. Networks will send you a summary email stating what was discussed at the wireless survey.
  5. When everyone agrees, Networks will make copy of blueprints and open ticket with Telecom requesting an estimate on your behalf.
  6. If the department approves the Telecom estimate, have the proper jack installed where your wireless AP(s) will located, according to the blueprints and according to ACCC policy and standards.
  7. Purchase the Cisco AP(s) and power injector(s),or proper switch if needed, based on the part numbers sent you by Networks.  Drop the AP(s) off with Networks so we can configure them for you.
  8. Networks will make required changes on router and switch configuration to reflect new wireless network and program your AP(s).
  9. When the APs are programmed, Networks will give them to Telecom, who will mount them to the wall for you.
  10. Networks will program the switch and activate the jack(s).

The final step will be for you to test your wireless network and report any problems to your project's Helpdesk case log.

Last updated: 

March 21, 2016