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IS&T simplifying wireless network choices on campus

On Oct. 27, IS&T will retire the “MIT N” and “MIT SECURE N” wireless networks, leaving MIT Secure as the wireless network of choice.
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Simpler is better, right? If you’ve ever been confused by the variety of wireless networks at MIT, you’ll be happy to hear that selecting the right network will soon be a no-brainer.

On Oct. 27, Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) will retire the “MIT N” and “MIT SECURE N” wireless networks. MIT SECURE will remain as the wireless network of choice. Here are a few things worth knowing:

  • Most community members will not be impacted by this change — the majority of wireless devices will automatically select the “MIT” and “MIT SECURE” networks.
  • IS&T will work to contact all impacted users in advance of the retirement.
  • If needed, you can configure your wireless devices now to connect to the “MIT SECURE” wireless network. (For instructions, see the IS&T Knowledge Base article, "How to connect to MIT SECURE wireless.")

The “N” networks were created at a time when earlier devices had difficulty selecting 5GHz channels in mixed (2.4GHz/5GHz) networks. With newer devices, this is no longer an issue. Only about 15 percent of the wireless devices on the MIT wireless network are using “MIT N” or “MIT SECURE N.”

If you have questions about this change, contact the IS&T Computing Help Desk at or 617.253.1101.

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