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- If you need help after following the setup instructions on this website, you can attend one of ITS' free NYURoam Wireless Workshops for hands-on help. To register, visit the ITS Classes pages.
You can connect to NYURoam with your WiFi-enabled handheld device via the nyupda network SSID, provided your device is running one of these operating systems:
- Palm OS
- Windows CE
- Blackberry OS
- Apple iPhone
- Apple iPod Touch
In order to connect, your device must also support the 802.11b or 802.11g WiFi standard.
Please note: All nyupda users should be aware that although the initial authentication process is encrypted, thus protecting your NetID account information, not all subsequent data transmitted to and from your handheld will be encrypted by the network. It is up to you to ensure that your data is protected (i.e., by using SSL enabled applications).
You can also connect to NYURoam with your WiFi-enabled iPhone, iPod Touch, or Blackberry Bold via the more secure nyu network SSID. Click here for instructions for nyu network configuration.
- Configuring handhelds that support LEAP
- Configuration instructions for iPhone or iPod Touch
- Configuration instructions for other handheld devices (Palm, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Treo)
- Configuration instructions for the "nyu" SSID (iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry Bold)
You can use your WiFi-enabled handheld device to connect to the NYURoam wireless network via the nyupda SSID. No special client software or features are required to access the network. Certain handheld devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, and Blackberry Bold) can connect to the NYURoam wireless network via the more secure nyu SSID. Click here to configure your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Blackberry Bold to connect to the NYURoam wireless network via the nyu SSID.
In order to connect to NYURoam via your WiFi enabled handheld device, you will need to do the following (described in more detail below):
1. Go to an NYURoam Wireless Access Location
You must be at a designated NYURoam wireless access location to receive a signal from NYURoam. Click here for the complete list of locations.
2. Connect and authenticate your connection
Since NYURoam is not available to the general public, your wireless adapter will need to be set up and authenticated as instructed below.
3. Connect to NYURoam
Once you have completed the two steps above, you will be able to receive a signal from NYURoam.
Note: Configuring handhelds that support LEAP
It should be noted that several handhelds have wireless clients that support LEAP (Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol). If your handheld supports LEAP, you are encouraged to use it. Not only will this allow you to authenticate using your NYU NetID, but your radio network traffic will be fully secure and encrypted. If LEAP is an option for you, you'll be accessing the NYU-ROAM2 network (not nyupda). You need only set your wireless client to use LEAP, point your wireless client to the NYU-ROAM2 network and provide your NetID username and password as requested by your wireless client. No other configuration settings are needed.
Configuration instructions for iPhone or iPod Touch
ITS recommends that you connect your iPhone to the nyu network SSID. Click for instructions.
Please note: If you have difficulty connecting to nyu, follow the instructions below to connect to nyupda.
Configuration instructions for other handheld devices (Palm, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Treo)
Step 1. Configure your handheld's wireless client
Go to your handheld wireless client and configure it to use the SSID: nyupda.
Make sure the Authentication type is set to Open.
No encryption is used, so disable the use of WEP.
Once this configuration is in place, your handheld wireless client should associate with and obtain an IP address from the nyupda wireless network.
Step 2: Authenticate & connect
Once your handheld is associated with nyupda, start your web browser and attempt to access any URL (i.e., www.nyu.edu). Your connection attempt will be detected by the security gateway and you will be presented with a login screen resembling Figure 1 below.
Figure 1: Login Screen
Enter your NYU NetID and password in the appropriate fields and then click ENTER. Once you've been properly authenticated, the screen will clear and text will appear:
NYURoam Wireless PDA Access (Palm OS) (or Windows CE)
You have been successfully logged on the network.
http://www.nyu.edu (Note: This field is the URL you originally entered.) Time Logged on: Date & Time User Session: 720 minutes
To log yourself off the network, please click the logout button.
In order to continue, click the link on your screen (the original URL you entered) and you will be permitted to proceed to that website.
Note that on some handhelds, you may see the following warning appear upon selecting the link:
You are about to leave an SSL-encrypted connection. It will be possible for others to view information you send.
Do you want to continue?
Yes / No
This serves to alert you to an IMPORTANT security issue regarding the nature of your wireless connection.
All nyupda users should be aware that although the initial authentication process is encrypted, thus protecting your NetID account information, not all subsequent data transmitted to and from your handheld will be encrypted by the network. It is up to you to ensure that your data is protected (i.e., by using SSL enabled applications).
Configuration instructions for the "nyu" SSID (iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry Bold)
Configuring your iPhone or iPod Touch
On your iPhone/iPod Touch, go to Settings > WiFi and select Other.
In the Name field, enter nyu.
Select Security and you'll be presented with security options. Select WPA2 Enterprise, and then press Other Network to go back.
You'll be presented with the Username & Password fields. Enter your NYU NetID and password then press Join.
You will be asked to accept a security certificate. Press Accept. (You can ignore the Not Verified notation next to the Accept button.
Once this configuration is in place, your iPhone or iPod Touch should automatically associate with the nyu wireless network whenever you are in range and your device's WiFi interface is turned on.
Configuring your Blackberry Bold
On your Blackberry Bold's main menu, select Manage Connections. Make sure the WiFi connection option is checked, then scroll down and select Set Up WiFi Network. Once there, select Manually Add Network.
Enter the SSID nyu.
Under WiFi Security Type select PEAP.
Enter your NetID in the User Name field.
Enter your NetID password in the User Password field.
- In the CA certificate field select VeriSign Class 3 Root Version 1 (SS).
- Select Inner link security: EAP-MS-CHAP v2.
- Click Connect.
- A new display will appear, and the top line should read Connection Successful! Select Next, then select Finish.
Once this configuration is in place, your handheld wireless client should associate with and obtain an IP address from the nyu wireless network.
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2009