Evergreen Wireless Network
Where is wireless available on campus?
Check the Network Services Wireless FAQ for the why and where of using wireless internet on campus.
How do I start using the wireless network?
Check the wireless diagnostic software. If your computer is equipped with a properly configured wireless card, driver and browser, turn the computer on and open the wireless diagnostic tool that came with the wireless card to ensure that you have a reliable signal. If not, you may need to move around until you get a reliable signal.
Ensure your network connection is set to wireless or “airport.”
Note that some laptops have on/off wireless switches on the keyboard.
Windows: When properly configured most Windows systems will detect wireless signal and connect to network automatically. You may need to select the wireless network "TESCWireless" from the list of available networks.
Macintosh: Ensure that you open TCPIP services on a Mac (Apple Menu…Control Panels…TCPIP) and select connect via Airport connection and configure using DHCP Server. Then under the Apple icon select and open the AIRPORT application; make sure you are getting a signal.
There is a basic wireless trouble shooting guide available on the Timberland Regional Library's website. Of course, where it says "trlwireless", you want to substitute "TESCwireless".
For information about connecting to your personal file share space via wireless, see Connecting to Evergreen's Network.
Gaps in coverage
The gaps in coverage in the SOUP will probably be there for a long time. If your laptop doesn't work very well there, or in spots in the library, or in SEM2 (where there will be more wireless soon), you might take a look at a portable wireless router which you can plug into an ethernet jack to get your own wireless hub.
D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP
$40 or so on-line, plus shipping; $49 from Amazon including shipping...
Apple's Airport Express does this too, plus other cool stuff:
But it's $119 with the student discount, and their site's collecting a list of complaints about the unit burning out after 18 months or so.
Or you might want to try improving your laptop's antenna with a miniature USB plug-in external antenna - especially if it has a metal case, like my beloved Mac titanium Powerbook.
If you're doing homework off-campus, or for other purposes, here are some nearby places where you can use wireless in Olympia.
- Timberland Regional Library
- Batdorf and Bronson
- Cafe Vita
- 4th Avenue Tavern
- Clubside Cafe
- The Mark
- Eastside Club Tavern
- Orca Books
- King Solomon's Reef
- Old School Pizzeria
- Last Word Books
- The Brotherhood Tavern
- Ben Moore's
- Danger Room Comics
- Fire and Earth
- Brewed Awakenings
- Vic's Pizzeria
Zhonka Broadband's list of free wifi spots in Olympia (with addresses and maps)