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Tech Ready: Wi-Fi and Network

Connecting on campus

  • Many devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones can connect to eduroam. To connect other devices such as smart TVs, game consoles, smart speakers, and wireless printers, you will need to register your device.

How to connect any device to wi-fi

  • Most buildings on the Athens campus have wi-fi. Reception is also available in many outdoor locations and parking lots.

Connecting off campus

Some university applications and tools can only be accessed using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). 

  • Campus VPN creates a secure tunnel to the campus network, making your local device appear to be a part of the University network. When connected, all of your internet traffic goes through the campus network.
  • VMware Horizon View (VDI) allows you to remotely accesses a Windows desktop environment from any PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device. When connected, the virtual desktop's screen images are sent to your device, and your keystrokes and mouse movements are sent to the virtual PC.
Feature Campus VPN VMware Horizon View (VDI)
Resource-intensive for your device Yes No
Works with high latency connections (e.g. satellite internet) No No
Allows you to print wirelessly to OHIO printers from off-campus Yes By request
Available for faculty and staff Yes Yes
Available for emeriti Yes No
Available for students By request Yes (Features will vary depending on course enrollment and college affiliation) 
Available for graduate student employees Yes No
Requires multi-factor authentication to access Yes No
Best for accessing sensitive data No - though the VPN connection itself is secure, it does create local copies of data on your device while you work Yes - data does not leave the virtual desktop unless you configure it to do so
Best for accessing University-supported, Windows-based applications (e.g. computer lab applications) No Yes - list of applications
Access to Network Attached Storage (NAS) on shared.ohio.edu and home.ohio.edu. Yes Yes
Licensing access to validate/activate software like ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and Microsoft workstations Yes No