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Recommendations for Students



Campus Wireless Network

AirOrangeX, the wireless network at Syracuse University, runs on both the 802.11ac and the 802.11n standards with eventual migration to all 802.11ac. To take full advantage of the campus wireless environment, choose a new computer with a network adapter (also known as a NIC) that supports 802.11ac.
The following NIC specifications will also work on SU’s network, but will never be able to take full advantage of 802.1ac modes used at SU:
  • a/g/n
  • a/g
  • g/n
  • g

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Cables

SU does not provide computing cables. Students will need to bring all necessary cables:
  • You'll need an Ethernet cable for any network-enabled TVs, Apple TVs, Google TVs, Roku, and similar devices, including wireless game consoles (i.e., Xbox, Playstation), and if you want the option of a wired connection for your computer. Except for your computer, none of these are supported on the wireless network.
  • Remember to bring a USB cable to connect your WiFi wireless printer, if you have one. These printers can interfere with the wireless network and don’t work on campus. However, bluetooth wireless printers will work fine.
  • If you bring a TV you'll need a coaxial cable to connect it. If your TV is internet-capable, bring an Ethernet cable.


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