Wireless Access Points – Set Up Examples

As of July 2015, the residence hall wireless router policy has changed.  Please visit the Northeastern Information Technology Services NUwave page for more information.

Example Set Up Notes
Linksys/CiscoWRT610N Dual Radio Wireless Access Point
NOTE: Other makes and models of wireless access points should have similar options.

Basic Setup

1. Force the WAP to use DHCP to procure an IP address from Northeastern. Look for worlds like
Automatic Configuration, DHCP Client, and Internet Connection Type.

2. Use a unique HOST NAME. The recommendation is to use the Building Abbreviation followed by your assigned suite Number, i.e. WVG-1204. It should be UNIQUE.

3. Domain Name should be neu.edu

4. MTU Size should be AUTOMATIC or up to 1500 if AUTO is not an option. Larger than 1500 will cause packets to be dropped. Smaller may cause performance issues due to fragmentation.

5. ENABLE the DHCP server on your WAP. All the default values should be ok.

6. Set the Time Zone and adjust for Daylight Savings Time, if desired. As of Fall move-in, Boston is in the Eastern time zone, or GMT -5.

Wireless Setup

7. Select SSIDs that are unique. It is suggested to use a unique HOST NAME as in step 2 above. If your wireless access point supports both 5GHz and 2.5GHz on the same device, you will potentially have two SSIDs. Append a 5.0G or 2.4G on the end of the HOST NAME to make your SSIDs unique.

8. If you have a 5GHz radio in your WAP, you can support 802.11a and 802.11n. Mixed Mode will support both.

9. If you have a 2.4GHz radio in your WAP, you can support 802.11b and 802.11g, as well as a subset of 802.11n. Mixed mode will support all three. You can disable support for 802.11b if you like, unless you wish to connect some 802.11b devices to your WAP. Be advised that even one
802.11b device will slow down all other connections on your WAP.

Wireless Security Setup

10. Use WPA2-Personal or AES encryption if supported. Failing that, use WPA-Personal or TKIP. Please avoid using WEP security, as it features no practical security, and can cause your WAP to become exposed to shutdown in the event of conflicts or security exposures.

11. Using WPA-Personal (TKIP) or WPA2-Personal (AES) encryption will require the use of a shared key. When utilizing WPA2-Personal, some WAPs have a mixed mode which allows you to use either TKIP or AES. If you have some older devices, you may wish to allow either mode.

Example Set Up Notes
Linksys/CiscoWRT610N Dual Radio Wireless Access Point
Security Settings

13. If your WAP has a firewall built-in, enable it. Be advised that for your protection, ResNet does not accept incoming connection requests from outside the University network. Therefore, all incoming traffic you see will be local to the University. Should you encounter problems, disable the firewall to troubleshoot.

14. FTP Server – If available, consider disabling. Use MyFiles on the myNEU portal instead.

Device Administration

15. Alter the default password to be something hard to guess, and Disable Remote Management. Be aware that once local management via Wireless is disabled, the WAP can only be managed via a wired port.

16. Know how to get back to factory defaults, via the GUI and via powering down the WAP. Learn reset procedures.

17. Periodically verify your WAPs firmware is current. Instructions should be found in the manufacturer’s paper or electronic documentation/website. CAUTION: Errors made during firmware updates can render your WAP inoperable. When updating firmware, print out and follow update instructions carefully.

Wireless Printing

18. Wireless printing, while being commercially available, isn’t always as reliable as desired. If your printer has a network (Ethernet) port, it is recommended to connect it to a wired port on your WAP. Alternately, a printer may be connected to a USB or parallel interface on your PC. A Print Server typically has a USB port as well. Plug the Print server into -WAP, and the printer into the Print Server. If possible, use the same vendor for both the WAP and Print Server.

Commonly-used wireless device models
(For Information Purposes Only)
Two commonly-used and generally available wireless access points are the Cisco/Linksys WRT54GL, and the Cisco/Linksys BEFSR41. Please note, the University makes no warranties nor endorsements of any kind with respect to these devices.

WRT54GL (wireless access point and router combination)

BESFR41 (wired router with four port switch)