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What is the difference between the MIT wireless networks (MIT SECURE, MIT GUEST and MIT)?

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What is the difference between the non-SECURE and SECURE networks?

Open Network: MIT Secure Network: MIT SECURE
All network traffic sent between your computer and the wireless access point is sent unencrypted. This means that other computers and devices listening near by are able to see the websites you visit, search terms you type into Google, and any other traffic that is not explicitly encrypted.
IS&T recommends using MIT SECURE instead of the regular MIT wireless network unless your network card, operating system or device does not support the WPA2 Enterprise security method. The open MIT network will eventually be phased out.


wireless hijacker computer Session Hijacking: Open wireless networks, including the MIT, MIT GUEST and public wireless networks found in cafes and other shops that do not require WPA or better encryption are susceptible to session hijacking attacks. If connecting to an encrypted wireless network is not possible, IS&T recommends using the MIT VPN to ensure your data remains secure and private.

The MIT SECURE wireless networks require authentication with your MIT email username and password and encrypt all of your wireless network traffic. The security method is WPA2 Enterprise with PEAP (MSCHAPv2) authentication and TLS encryption.
MIT SECURE is the recommended network for use at MIT.  [[See instructions on how to connect to the Secure wireless networks]|istcontrib:How do I connect to MIT SECURE wireless?].

What is the MIT GUEST network?

The MIT GUEST network is a limited access wireless network provided for visitors at MIT. This network is not intended for long-term use and has limited access to the MIT network and the internet. The MIT GUEST network is separated from the rest of the MIT network with a firewall and network address translation (NAT). This limits the services that will work over the MIT GUEST network. For instance: printing to Athena cluster printers over TCP/IP port 631 (CUPS) will not work.

Learn more about the uses and limitations of the MIT Guest network.

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July 28, 2016

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  1. Oct 22, 2014

    We should add eduroam to this page probably

  2. Dec 05, 2015

    I'll second Teddy's comment that it would be useful to have an entry for eduroam on this page. Some institutions use eduroam as their exclusive secure wireless network. Should eduroam be considered interchangeable with MIT SECURE for MIT users?

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