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Retiring Support for 802.11B Wireless

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve our wireless network, ITS is retiring support the IEEE 802.11B protocol on the Luther College wireless network. As of  8/1/2016 devices that only support 802.11B will no longer be able to connect.

When this protocol runs it negatively impacts the quality of wireless service for others in that area and leads to slower network performance for the entire community.

802.11B is a dated protocol. It has been superseded by G, N and most recently AC protocols. Devices that can only communicate with 802.11B include:

  • Nintendo Wii
  • Nintendo DS original
  • Nintendo DS Lite
  • Sony PSP all versions
  • Other devices/equipment that use 802.11B only to connect to the Luther College wireless networks.

For the best network experience:

  • Choose devices that are dual band. This means they support both the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz radio frequencies.  The 5Ghz frequency can support many more devices at higher speeds. You can tell if your device/computer supports 5Ghz by checking to see if it can see the LCWireless5G network. If it cannot see this please consider upgrading with a Dual Band Wireless USB adaptor.
  • If you bring wireless printers you must connect them to the Luther wireless network rather than allowing them to make their own wireless network. Printers that make their own network negatively impact the performance of the network for the entire community.

The Technology Help Desk can assist with configuration.

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Network Upgrade

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Campus House Network Down -- Updated

UpdateThe Network in Campus House is once again fully functional.

Both the wired and wireless networks in Campus House are currently down. Both of the switches that service Campus House have bad power supplies. Replacement switches will be configured and deployed later this morning or early afternoon.

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Multimedia Lab Upgrade

ITS has completed work on upgrading the computer image in our Digital Media Center located in 100A on the lower floor of the Library. All workstations are up to date with what is available from Apple and now include the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite as well as Microsoft Office 2016.

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Phishing 07.18.16 - Luther Essential "Docx 223"

The Technology Help Desk has been informed that the following phishing email has been sent to several members of the Luther College community. This email is malicious.  

If you clicked either of the links in the email, please change your password immediately at AND contact the Technology Help Desk in the event further action is required. If you have not responded, simply delete the message. We are taking steps to block the links.

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07.14.16 - Account Update

The Technology Help Desk has been informed that the following phishing email has been sent to several members of the Luther College community. This email is malicious. It is not from the Luther College Technology Help Desk or anyone in ITS.

Text of malicious email with links removed:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Desk Help
Date: Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 2:09 PM

This is to notify the Staff and Students of Luther College that we will be
performing scheduled maintenance on all email accounts.  We will need you to
confirm that your account is still active.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and appreciate your
patience while we work to improve our service.

Click here  and fill the form in order to keep your account active after the upgrade
exercise. Failure to do this will lead to a closure of this account.

Please do not disregard this email upon receipt.

Thank you,
Mail Administrators,
IT Desk

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