Wireless Networking

What is wireless networking?

Wireless networking allows you to connect your laptop to the Bentley network using radio waves instead of using the conventional Ethernet cable. As long as you are in range of a wireless access point, you may access the network.

Bentley's wireless network is a Cisco high speed network. This network operates at up to 300 Mbps. The environment boasts more than double the number of access points to increase coverage; 802.11n bandwidth for faster speed; and enhanced security with WPA2 encryption.

The network supports 802.11n at 2.4 and 5 gHz ranges and 802.11g technologies.

Please note: we no longer support devices operating at the lower 802.11b.

Wireless Limitations

Wireless networks or access points operate in a "shared" mode. This means that as more people are connected in the same area, the speed of the user connection will decrease due to the load and contention.

There are certain technologies that can interfere with the wireless network. Devices such as 2.4gHz cordless phones, microwaves and security systems can cause problems with this technology.

The data rate of the wireless will be less than the wired connection. The wireless connects at speeds up to 300 Mbps while the wired connection is at 1000 Mbps.

Hardware Requirements

All of the Bentley issued laptops are equiped with built-in wireless radios that operate on the network.

Coverage

Bentley has taken the time to provide a good wireless network across the whole campus. Today, we have about 98 percent of the campus covered. Coverage is available in all classrooms, dorms and administrative buildings.  Most open areas are covered also.