Good news Javelinas, Wi-Fi has been given a major upgrade with the new JAVNET 3 installation. With new dual radio capabilities brought to you by Cisco Systems and our hard-working IT department, any device, regardless of how old, will be able to access simultaneously 2.4 ghz and 5.2 ghz.
Most student know about Javnet, an old legacy system that was implemented in 2008 and spanned nearly the entire campus. During this time, smart phones were just starting to come about and the internet was mostly implemented for the few students who carried around laptops. Eventually with new devices coming out, and the system not being compatible with the latest Apple IOS, an update was needed.
By 2011, Texas A&M University- Kingsville had equipped Javnet2, a significant upgrade from the previous version as it became compatible with both legacy devices and the new mobile phones that had just come out. However, it did have drawbacks as it was single radio capability, meaning it could only provide signal at either 2.4 ghz or 5.2 ghz, but not at the same time. Meaning some people could access Wi-Fi while others remained with a blank connection page. For years, this Motorola sponsored platform worked in many buildings across campus and the dorms.
Finally, we have reached new heights in the age of the internet with the implementation of the new and exciting JAVNET 3. For the past two years, the IT department has been installing the new network all over the dorms and plan to continue to administer it to buildings all around the university. In fact, roaming should now become seamless as long as you’ve logged into the Wi-Fi networks before. Going from Manning to the engineering, or Mesquite to the SUB, students should have no problem roaming around while enjoying the free internet. Logging onto the network is the same as connecting to JAVNET and JAVNET2, if you have any trouble look around the campus for signs announcing the new wireless platform, instructions will be provided.
Students should know however that to use the campus’ internet they must go through SafeConnect, a filter system that makes sure devices aren’t transferring viruses to the network. It is a very important concern for the IT department and will not let you access the internet unless you follow the instructions the page provides. If you are having trouble using your device because of this system; one you should know that it is chiefly essential that you go through the steps and download the free antivirus, and two, if you continue to have trouble you should go to Jernigan Hall where a help desk is available to provide assistance and get you through the process. The IT department has also held convenient tech talks with RAs located in the dorms and in the case, that you are continuing to have trouble after library hours, your RA should be able to provide assistance.
Now of course this is internet for a university, so during school hours the priority for bandwidth is on educational purposes. Try to download a video or connect to Netflix you may have some trouble; you may have to wait past 5 p.m. when the priority switches to relaxation. A video takes a lot to download and the right of way goes to people working on assignments and trying to learn; so please be patient.