Wireless Network Policy | Webster University

Wireless Network Policy

Faculty/Staff/Student Wireless Internet Access 

The Webster University Wireless network further supports the mission of the university by providing a method for Webster University faculty, staff and students to gain easy access to pertinent and topical information technology resources. This policy ensures that wireless access is provisioned only by the Information Technology department, and also establishes rules for proper management, security, and use of the Webster University wireless network. 


The university agrees to provide wireless network access to faculty, staff and students for purposes of casual web surfing and exchange of communications (such as e-mail or other messaging). Access is for internet usage only; wireless accounts will not have access to any secured/restricted Webster services or resources. All wireless use is subject to all applicable campus policies including the Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy. 

Webster constituents will access the Wireless network with their Connections credentials which are subject to the password policy.  

Wireless network access is provided at a "best effort" level, and no expectations or assumptions should be made about the quality or availability of service. Technical support for configuring non-Webster owned devices will be limited to written instruction.  

Authorized Use 

The “WU_Wireless” wireless network is for use by individuals who have a role of staff, faculty, and/or student with the university.  

The “WU_Wireless” wireless network is ¬NOT for use by University guests. 

Use of the “WU_Wireless” wireless implies that the user has read and agrees to the University acceptable use policy and all other applicable laws and regulations.  

Commercial/for profit use is prohibited. 

Use of the “WU_Wireless” network for illegal activities will result in immediate termination of service and notification of applicable law enforcement agencies. Illegal activities may include obscenity, pornography, threats, harassment, defamation, theft, copyright infringement, unauthorized access to network/computer resources, fraud, distribution of malware/malicious software, sending unsolicited bulk messages etc. 

The “WU_Wireless” wireless should not be used to transmit confidential or sensitive information. 

Users of the “WU_Wireless” wireless are responsible for the security of their device and the data contained therein. 

Use and Access Information 

Unauthorized use of this network is prohibited. 

This network is subject to periodic maintenance, advanced notice will be given whenever possible via Webster Today and Connections. 

Due to the amount of bandwidth required by some applications and their effect on a shared resource, some protocols or programs may be blocked. 

Use of peer-to-peer software that can be used to share files such as movies, music, or software in violation of copyright laws is strictly prohibited. 

Webster University assumes no responsibility for damage or loss of equipment. Users must keep their equipment with them at all times. 

Wireless-Related Definitions

Access Point (AP)

The WLAN "base station" that provides the interface between Wireless User Devices and Webster University public wired data network

Advanced Network Applications

Any of a number of recently developed high value Information Technology applications such as those requiring IP Multicast, Quality of Service or substantial bandwidth for their operation, for example video, voice-over IP, and multimedia web browser access


An IEEE wireless data networking standard (802.15.2) operating in the 2.4 GHz unlicensed frequency band, designed to use less power over shorter ranges than the IEEE 802.11 WLAN technologies. It was designed to eliminate cabling on the desktop (e.g. a mouse or keyboard cable)

General Purpose Applications

Any of a number of legacy Information Technology applications such as email or low level web browsing not requiring advanced networking capabilities or high bandwidth for their operation

IEEE 802.11a/b/g

Standards for providing wireless Ethernet connectivity

MAC Authentication

A method of providing User Authentication on WLANs by using the Media Access Control (MAC) address of the network interface card (NIC). When using MAC Authentication, a Wireless Device may not communicate with an Access Point unless the MAC address of the Wireless Device is first registered in a table contained in the AP.

Radio Frequency (RF)

A portion of the electromagnetic spectrum

Service Set Identifiers (SSID)

An identifier of up to 32 characters used in IEEE 802.11 devices in an effort to ensure only authorized personnel access the data network

Strong Security

A strategy by which a system limits uncontrolled access to use of the system and/or system data. Strong security encompasses the idea of user authentication, encryption, logging and auditing, and automated management and monitoring.

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)

A method of encrypting data traversing the wireless network in an effort to secure the privacy of the data itself. There are two versions of WEP: 40-bit which uses ten hexadecimal characters and 128-bit which uses twenty-six hexadecimal characters as the encryption key. WEP keys can also be assigned in either a static or dynamic manner.

Wireless LAN (WLAN)

An IEEE 802.11a/b/g based system consisting of Wireless User Devices and one or more Access Points that provide wireless based Ethernet connectivity to Webster University Public Wired Data Network

Wireless User Device

The end user system or device that accesses the WLAN for data communications purposes. This will normally be a computer or Personal Digital Assistant containing an appropriate wireless network interface card