Wireless Networking at SMU

There are multiple Wi-Fi networks on campus. These wireless networks are centrally managed by OIT.

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PerunaNet

PerunaNet is the preferred secure wireless network available only to SMU faculty, staff, and students, with an active SMU ID and password.

  • In order to connect to PerunaNet, your device must be configured properly. Even if the device detects PerunaNet, it may not connect automatically without changes to the default configuration.
  • PerunaNet is available throughout campus and is the secured wireless network. This is the recommended network for all mobile devices on campus.
  • PerunaNet connections have access to a wide range of resources restricted to SMU. 
  • Mobile devices may connect to PerunaNet provided they are configured with the appropriate security type.

SMU_Guest

SMU_Guest offers both long-term accounts as well as short-term, self-provisioned accounts.

  • This network is broadcast in all buildings on the main campus. It is not available at this time on East Campus.
  • Devices can connect automatically to the SMU_Guest network. They will be redirected to a portal page to either log in with the appropriate credentials or create an account using their email address. The system then sends the password to the email address. The customer can then authenticate to the wireless network using that information. The self-provisioned account is valid for 72 hours.
  • Individuals with an SMU ID and password cannot authenticate to this network using those credentials. We strongly encourage anyone with SMU credentials to connect to PerunaNet.
  • For individuals needing to connect for longer than 72 hours, the IT Help Desk can create a sponsored wireless account. Once authenticated, the device should remain authorized on the network until the account expiration date is reached.
  • This network is also available for devices that can not support the PerunaNet security configuration. These devices include Smart TVs, Paperwhite Kindles, and more. Such devices must be registered first in order to connect to SMU_Guest. Please visit smu.edu/GameConsole for more information.

eduroam

eduroam is available in all locations on campus.

eduroam is a secure worldwide federated wireless network for individuals in higher education or research environments. This large-scale collaboration between the hundreds of institutions allows individuals to authenticate to the “eduroam” network using their university account and password wherever this network is broadcasting.

For example, an SMU faculty, staff, or student could access the eduroam network at another university by authenticating using their SMU credentials. This collaboration also allows visiting scholars and researchers to connect to our eduroam Wi-Fi using their university credentials. To authenticate, a user should use their primary email address, such as cuser@smu.edu, for the username.

eduroam is a secured guest wireless network that has limited access to recourses on the SMU Campus. To have full access to campus resources while on campus, SMU Faculty, Staff, and students are encouraged to use PerunaNet.

To see the map of locations where eduroam is available, please visit eduroam.org/where.

AdobeNet

AdobeNet is the wireless network available only on the SMU-in-Taos campus. Individuals with an SMU ID and password cannot authenticate to this network using those credentials. Account provisioning is done by Taos IT Support Personnel.


Documentation and Training

Instructions for Connecting to the SMU Wireless Networks


Outdoor Wi-Fi Locations

3D Wi-Fi Map Example
Example for illustrative purposes only. Please see the SMU Interactive Map for latest information.

SMU Interactive Map with Wi-Fi Hotspots


Technical Details

PerunaNet

  • Transmissions through the air are encrypted
  • No broadcast protocols
  • ARP is optimized for overall wireless
  • Multicast protocols are optimized for overall wireless
  • Wireless client cannot act as a DHCP server
  • Can access Campus infrastructure resources to connect to the wireless system (DHCP, DNS, and Ping)
  • Can access Campus and Off-Campus resources via any other protocols

eduroam

  • Transmissions through the air are encrypted
  • No broadcast protocols
  • ARP is optimized for overall wireless
  • Multicast protocols are optimized for overall wireless
  • Wireless client cannot act as a DHCP server
  • Can access Campus infrastructure resources to connect to the wireless system (DHCP, DNS, and Ping)
  • Can access Campus resources via web and secure web
  • Cannot access Campus resources via any other protocols
  • Can access Off-Campus resources via any other protocols

SMU_Guest

  • Transmissions through the air are not encrypted
  • No broadcast protocols
  • ARP is optimized for overall wireless
  • Multicast protocols are optimized for overall wireless
  • Wireless client cannot act as a DHCP server
  • Can access Campus infrastructure resources to connect to the wireless system (DHCP, DNS, and Ping)
  • Can access Campus resources via web and secure web
  • Cannot access Campus resources via any other protocols
  • Can access Off-Campus resources via any other protocols