Wireless networks

Default configuration

On most devices, the configuration of the wireless networks VUBnext and eduroam will be quite easy.
For VUBnext your login/identity/username is your NetID.
For eduroam you need to use NetID@vub.ac.be.
The purpose of the VUBguest wireless network is to allow external visitors access to the internet through temporary guest accounts.


General – VUBnext & eduroam

Both wireless networks are secured with WPA2 encryption. When using these wireless networks, all your network traffic will be encrypted, which allows you to go online in a secure way.

When connected to VUBnext, your access to the VUB network will be almost identical as when using a fixed connection. When connected to eduroam, there will be some limitations towards the internal VUB network.

Eduroam, short for “educational roaming”, is an international project which allows users visiting other institutions to log on to the wireless network with the username and password they would use at their home institution. A list of participants in Belgium can be found on the eduroam participants pages.


Configuration under Windows

During the initial configuration you will typically have to accept a certificate. You might have to do this again when we replace the certificate or expand the wireless network. More information and a step by stap walkthrough can be found in the VUBnet Wifi document.

In some cases, for instance on a secured corporate laptop, the automatic configuration fails. Please configure VUBnext manually.


Configuration under MacOS

During the initial configuration you will typically have to accept a certificate. You might have to do this again when we replace the certificate or expand the wireless network.


Configuration under Linux

During the initial configuration you will typically have to accept a certificate. You might have to do this again when we replace the certificate or expand the wireless network.

In some cases, you might need to specify PEAP as EAP type, as specified below in General settings for other devices.


Configuration of handhelds

Most tablets and smartphones are very easy to set up and should auto-detect all settings. If your handheld has a field called “Anonymous identity”, you can leave this blank.

For iPad we have a small overview of the sequence of steps in a dutch PDF document. For Android we have a screenshot showing the setup.


General settings for other devices

For all other devices and operating systems, you can try to configure the network using the following settings:

Network Authentication: WPA2
Data Encryption: AES
EAP type: Protected EAP (PEAP)
Authentication Method: Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)

Troubleshooting

A few things to check if you have issues connecting:

  • The “classic” thing any helpdesk will ask you: try to restart your device (laptop, handheld, smartphone, …). This does solve quite a few problems.
  • Mostly for windows computers: make sure you have installed the latest drivers for your device.
  • Delete the current configuration and recreate it. On windows you can start a command prompt > netsh > wlan > delete profile [VUBnext/eduroam]
  • Disable ipv6 support.
  • If you have trouble connecting to any network, check to see if you can connect to the other. In case of doubt, remove the wireless network settings and reconfigure them.
  • You might have a problem with your password, specially if it has not been changed for quite a while, read more about this in the webnote about Centralized password management at the University.

History

  • Historically, Urbizone was the first globally available wireless network on the VUB. Urbizone was a project of the ‘Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest’ that was expanded to our campuses. The network was open to anyone but has been discontinued.
  • In february 2009, VUBnet started deploying a new wireless infrastructure, which expanded the Urbizone network, and completely replaced the old, limited, indoors wireless infrastructure. In many public indoor locations – amongst which the library, the SBC and the various “Student Cafés” – you would find two new wireless networks: VUBnet and Eduroam (which was added in 2010).
  • The Urbizone project was discontinued per september 1st, 2014.
  • Since the beginning of october 2014, our wireless networks use official security certificates.
  • In august 2015 a new generation of technology was being deployed. The wireless networks “VUBnext” and “eduroam” are available on this technology. The settings are identical as described for “VUBnet” and “Eduroam”.