AirOrangeX, the wireless network at Syracuse University, is in the process of being upgraded to the 802.11n. This will ensure more complete and reliable wireless coverage and, with the right computer, give you a waaay faster network connection, up to 4 to 5 times faster than the current technologies.
To take full advantage of this, you will need a network adapter (also known as a NIC) that supports 802.11n at 5 GHz. NICs that support both the A and N specifications will meet this requirement, and will be indicated as:
Mac laptops bought in the last couple of years (and the iPad) have this capability built right in. Check Windows PCs carefully for this capability as it is generally an option, and not a standard feature. When buying a new Windows machine, an upgrade to 802.11n, if needed, is usually (but not always) relatively inexpensive.
The following NIC specifications will also work on SU’s network, but will never be able to take full advantage of 802.11n modes used at SU:
The wireless network upgrade is being done in phases, and all residence halls should be complete by the end of summer, 2011. As of August 1, 2010, all of the student residences on South Campus had been completed.
Wireless Access at SU
AirOrangeX (AOX), Syracuse University's high-speed wireless network provides an encrypted secure connection (802.1x) to the SU network.
The wireless network is now available in all University residential facilities, South Campus apartments, and in many University buildings located both on and off campus. All residential facilities have 100% wireless coverage. See our wireless locations and hotspots.
AirOrangeGuest wireless access is also available for SU guests on a temporary basis.