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Ross Network

This page details Ross' wireless infrastructure. For instructions on connecting to the Ross wireless network, please see the links in the sidebar to the right, or under the "Need Help?" menu above.

Overview of the Ross Data Network

The University of Michigan IT Services Organization (ITS) provides a high-speed, multi-protocol data, voice and video network for the entire campus. This network "backbone" connects all building local area networks (LANs) and campus data centers to the state network (operated by Merit Network, Inc). Merit connects all public universities in Michigan as well as many other Michigan educational, governmental, non-profit, and business organizations. Merit is also the connection between the University and the commodity Internet and to private educational and research networks such as MiLR, Internet 2, and CIC OmniPop.

The ITS backbone is actually one of three on campus. The other two backbone networks are the CAEN (Computer Aided Engineering Network) backbone operated by the College of Engineering and the UMHS (U-M Health System) backbone operated by MCIT (Medical Center Information Technology).

Ross Wireless Network

The wireless (WiFi) network used at Ross is the campus-wide MWireless network. For more information about MWireless, please click here.

Ross Ethernet Network

Ross is responsible for and co-manages all data, voice and video within our facilities, with assistance from ITS.  Our buildings have a "dual home" fiber connection to the campus backbone through high speed, highly redundant "distribution layer" (DL) switches between Ross and the School of Education and the Law School. The current backbone technology is gigabit Ethernet, which is also used at Ross to connect classrooms, labs, conference rooms and offices to the UM backbone. The network data jacks located in all offices, classrooms, labs, conference rooms, group study rooms and the various open study spaces are all encrypted, switched 100mb Ethernet.

Wireless Security and Privacy

Wireless technologies are relatively insecure. A number of different technologies utilize the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz communications bands, including: wireless computers, cordless phones, microwave ovens, and Bluetooth. These devices may interfere with wireless LAN connections. It is also possible for Wireless LAN radio signals to be intercepted by unintended receivers. Use the MWireless network when available, since when using them your data is always encrypted.

MWireless is the most secure wireless network possible today. It is a Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) network that is based on the IEEE 802.11i standard and uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to encrypt all of the data between your wireless device and the Access Point (AP).

When you need to use MGuest, know that your data is not secured unless you are using a secure application such as a VPN or SSL Web site. Look for the lock icon in your Web browser to determine the security of the Web pages you visit. A closed lock icon indicates the Web page is secure.

It is very important to make certain your computer always has the latest anti-virus software and security.