UMIT: Retiring Legacy 802.11b Support for Wireless

December 06, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL —

The University of Miami’s Department of Information Technology (UMIT) is committed to improving the campus wireless experience by offering the best Wi-Fi technology. In order to improve wireless service, UMIT has disabled the legacy 802.11b wireless signal as of Monday, November 25th on the Coral Gables campus. This legacy Wi-Fi standard was first deployed 13 years ago and is rarely used, and hinders speed, performance and security (802.11g and 802.11a have replaced this Wi-Fi standard).

Students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University who use newer Wi-Fi enabled devices (laptops, smart phones, tablets, etc. purchased within the last eight years) should not be affected by this change. If you have a wireless device that only uses 802.11b (devices that are seven years old or older), please verify that your device supports one or more of the following standards: 802.11a, 802.11g, or 802.11n.

If you have any issues, please feel free to call the UMIT Service Desk – Coral Gables/RSMAS Campuses: (305) 284-6565 or Medical Campus: (305) 243-5999.


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