CSAIL operates two parallel wireless networks. All are implemented by the same physical infrastructure, which currently (September, 2021) consists of 82 Meraki access points (mostly MR34 type). Most access points support 802.11ac Wave 2 with up to 600 Mbit/s transfer rate, but some APs in lightly used areas are still 802.11n-only. More information is available about our wireless network design principles.
You can determine which access point you are using, and some basic parameters of the radio connection, by visiting my.meraki.net in your browser. Current network status information is available.
Two wireless networks
There are two SSIDs (wireless network names)
StataCenter is an open and unencrypted wireless network intended for non-CSAIL users (including guests), with some restrictions on what users are able to do.
CSAILPrivateCSAILPrivate is CSAIL’s encrypted, authenticated wireless network. Use of CSAILPrivate is required to get a static IP address or to print to CSAIL printers when connected to a wireless network. As a reminder, although your traffic over the wireless network will be encrypted, there are still other points within the CSAIL network and outside CSAIL where your traffic can be monitored, albeit with a slightly higher degree of difficulty. The instructions below describe how to set up access using a CSAIL Kerberos username and password. If you are uncomfortable with using your regular CSAIL Kerberos password, or if the device you wish to connect will be shared by multiple people, please visit the helpdesk: they can create a separate Kerberos principal specifically for that purpose.
See Connecting to CSAILPrivate for more info
- The original 802.11 and 802.11b data rates (1, 2, 5.5, and 11 Mbit/s) are not supported.
- Dual-band clients which connect on a 2.4 GHz channel will be steered to the 5-GHz band when possible.