AirUWS-Lite Wireless Network
- AirUWS-Lite wireless network available on all campuses
- Using AirUWS-Lite
- Minimum specifications required to use AirUWS-Lite
- Getting help
- Additional information
- AirUWS-Lite frequently asked questions (FAQ)
AirUWS-Lite - the UWS wireless network
The original UWS wireless network (AirUWS) was designed and installed in early 2007 with the objective of allowing students to connect to the Internet from laptop/notebook computers. AirUWS was decommissioned early in 2012, and is no longer available.
UWS has since improved and expanded its wireless service, making it easier to use and more reliable. Our new network, AirUWS-Lite, has replaced AirUWS on all campuses. The most obvious advantage of AirUWS-Lite is the ability to connect a range of devices, not just laptops meeting stringent requirements. Students and staff are able to connect devices such as smartphones, PDAs, iPhones, iPads, Android 4 and Linux based devices, and more. The old hardware and software specifications (the cause of many connection issues) do not apply to AirUWS-Lite users.
Using their MyUWSAccount credentials to log in, UWS students and staff on all campuses are able to access the Internet wirelessly from a wide variety of devices.
AirUWS-Lite provides wireless zones in key campus locations, ensuring coverage is available where most needed:
- rec rooms
- lecture theatres
- most tutorial rooms
- staff meeting rooms
- some outdoor areas
When you’re within a UWS wireless zone, your device will detect AirUWS-Lite. Connect to AirUWS-Lite and open your web browser to login with your student or staff number and password.
What will I need to access AirUWS-Lite?
- A wireless device compatible with 802.11a, 802.11g, or 802.11n standards.
- An active MyUWSAccount.
- If connecting with a Macintosh computer, you will need administrative user rights to accept the security certificate.
What support is available?
ITS support staff will provide assistance with connecting to AirUWS-Lite, however, due to the large variety of equipment expected to connect, ITS staff may not be able to resolve all connection problems. Please ensure that you have followed the processes in the relevant fact sheet before requesting support.
IT Support Officers, located at the general purpose computer labs on each campus, are the primary source of support for students connecting private devices to AirUWS-Lite. Students may also contact the IT Service Desk for phone based support.
The primary source of support for staff connecting to AirUWS-Lite is the IT Service Desk.
IT Service Desk
- Phone: 02 9852 5111 (ext 5111)
- Fax: 02 9678 7191
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Self service job logging
Fact sheets (pdf format) providing information on connecting to AirUWS-Lite with laptops running Windows 7, Windows Vista, MacOS 10.6.4, Android 4 (or later) devices, iPhones, and iPads are available on the IT Fact Sheets website. Basic support information, troubleshooting and tips are also available on the AirUWS-Lite support site.
Android and Blackberry devices
Only the latest Android devices (those running Android 4 or later) are able to connect to AirUWS-Lite.
Earlier Android and Blackberry devices are unable to fully connect to AirUWS-Lite due to issues with how they handle proxy settings (both) and security certificates (Blackberry). You may be able to partially connect, but will have limited functionality, if any.
UWS does not recommend "hacking" (root kitting) your Android device to gain access to AirUWS-Lite, as you may cause other problems or invalidate your warranty.
Your wireless hardware must be compatible with the 802.11g or 802.11a wireless standards.
Most recent operating systems should be able to connect to AirUWS-Lite. Windows XP must be running Service Pack 3.
AntivirusFor your own protection and security, antivirus software suitable for your device is strongly recommended.
Most current web browsers should work.
- Autodetect proxy settings (except Mac OSX). All other fields must be left blank. Any other proxy option will prevent Internet access.
- Mac OSX users should configure their proxy settings for automatic proxy configuration and use a PAC file with the URL: http://proxy.uws.edu.au/proxy.pac
Network TCP/IP settings
- Must be set to obtain an IP address automatically (this is normally the default setting).
- You may need to set your computer to use the US keyboard layout (normally the default setting).
What is wireless?
Wireless is simply another method available to staff and students to connect to the UWS network, and from there, the Internet. As its name implies, you don’t need to plug a wire from the back of your device into a network port - freeing you from working in a fixed location. Of course, you’ll still need batteries to supply your power - or a long extension lead!
AirUWS-Lite allows students and staff to use Internet based services with a variety of wireless devices without needing to be physically connected to the network.
How does wireless work?
Wireless relies on radio transmissions to transmit and receive data. The following links may help you understand wireless network technology.
- Wikipedia - Wireless LAN (opens in a new window)
- Wikipedia - Wireless Access Point (opens in a new window)
- Wikipedia - IEEE 802.11 (opens in a new window)
- 802.11 standard - IEEE Standards Association (opens in a new window)
- About.com - Wireless Networks and WiFi Technology (opens in a new window)
These sites should be used as a general guide only, and are not endorsed by UWS.
What’s the benefit to me?
The major benefit to students and staff is Internet access 'anywhere' on campus. Provided you’re in a wireless zone, you can log in with your wireless device and access the Internet without battling red tape. You can access the Internet in many areas that don’t have a traditional network installed, such as campus cafés, the Library, and lecture theatres. You can take advantage of good weather and work outside, or connect during a lecture.
Other benefits will be seen as users become familiar with the capabilities of wireless - for example, students and staff may develop more innovative and flexible approaches to the learning experience.
AirUWS-Lite is now available on all main campuses.
- Wireless Improvement Plan - Student Residences (28/7/08) (opens in a new window) [Word doc: 36Kb]
- Campbelltown AirUWS coverage (17/01/07) (opens in a new window) [Progressive JPEG Image: 362Kb]
- Blacktown AirUWS coverage (17/1/07) (opens in a new window) [Progressive JPEG Image: 796Kb]
- Bankstown AirUWS coverage (17/01/07) (opens in a new window) [Progressive JPEG Image: 589Kb]
- Hawkesbury AirUWS coverage (17/01/07) (opens in a new window) [Progressive JPEG Image: 559Kb]
- Parramatta AirUWS coverage (5/7/07) (opens in a new window) [Progressive JPEG Image: 1271Kb]
- Penrith (Kingswood) AirUWS coverage (17/01/07) (opens in a new window) [Progressive JPEG Image: 1032Kb]
- Penrith (Werrington North) AirUWS coverage (17/01/07) (opens in a new window) [Progressive JPEG Image: 919Kb]
- Penrith (Werrington South) AirUWS coverage (17/01/07) (opens in a new window) [Progressive JPEG Image: 604Kb]
If you are using, or have tried to use AirUWS-Lite, we would like your feedback.
Comments regarding setup, instructions, technical issues, IT support, network access and services available, and any suggested improvements should be sent directly to email@example.com.