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Campus Wireless

802.11ac now called Wi-Fi 5 is the latest deployed standard for wireless local area networking (WLAN). The main benefit of Wi-Fi 5 when compared to 802.1n, are 3X faster transmission speeds, capacity and increased signal strength.   Wi-Fi 5 also supports systems using 802.11n, a, b, or g, at their rated speeds. Wi-Fi 5 uses the 5GHz band while 802.11n uses 5GHz and 2.4GHz.  A new standard 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6 is being finalized by 2020.

Information Technology Services has completed campus wide upgrade to 802.11ac or Wi-Fi 5, and it is now deployed in all Suffolk University buildings supporting all the standards below.




Data Rates


IEEE Standard







27 Mbps

54 Mbps




5 Mbps

11 Mbps




22 Mbps

54 Mbps



5.0 & 2.4 GHz

144 Mbps

600 Mbps



5.0 GHz

430 Mbps

1,300 Mbps

● Wikipedia is a good source for more information on the IEEE 802.11  standards.

WPA2 Wireless

SU WPA2 is Suffolk University's secured wireless service. It is available in all publicly accessible areas in all the Suffolk's campus buildings. This includes all the residence halls. Students can access SU_Student_WPA2 service with their Suffolk email or single sign-on credentials; faculty and staff can access SU_Staff_WPA2 with their Suffolk University email or single sign-on credentials. SU WPA2 secured wireless service will allow users to access standard websites, as well as to connect to shared departmental network drives, shared folders, certain network applications, edit websites, perform file transfers, and much more. 

What to Expect

This service normally will be available 24 by 7 except for standard change windows, as described in SU’s standard policies, procedures, and schedules for making changes.


Access to the University’s wireless network generally requires a device with an 802.11 Ethernet adapter, supporting either A, G, B, N or AC and wireless services available in that location.

Getting Started

  • For details and to learn how to connect your wireless device, please see the page on SU WPA2 Secured Wireless Setup Instructions.
  • If you have difficulty using the University’s wireless network in a particular location, please report the problem to the IT ServiceDesk by sending a message to, or by calling 617-557-2000.

If you are interested in adding wireless service in a particular location, please contact the IT ServiceDesk by sending a message to, or by calling 617-557-2000.

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