The term “wifi” is most often used in conjunction with wireless Internet networking. In other words, it is a way to access the Internet or a network without the use of cables or wires, allowing for truly mobile technology. Wireless connectivity makes it easy for students and employees with laptops or other mobile devices to move around college campus with ease while staying connected to the network.
802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g - 802.11 is a number that is used to refer to the widely accepted specifications that were developed for wireless networking. The specifications were developed by IEEE, a professional organization dedicated to the computer and electronics industries. The appended a, b or g represents a variance of the 802.11 specifications. Northwest Vista College Wireless Network supports the, b, g, n and ac variances.
Besides a wireless compatible device, such as a laptop computer, tablet or smartphone, you will need an 802.11a, 802.11b 802.11g 802.11n or 802.11ac compatible Wireless Network Interface Card (Wireless NIC) installed and functioning properly in your wireless compatible device.
A web browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox is necessary in order to login to the Wireless Network.
Wireless access point is a small dedicated hardware device with a built-in network adapter, antenna, radio transmitter, and receiver. Access points act as the central transmitter and receiver of wireless network radio signals. At Northwest Vista College, there are more than 150 access points available to provide network connection to wireless users.
Wireless HotSpots are available at several indoor and outdoor college locations. Select the Wi-Fi coverage map link on this web page to see a list of available Wi-Fi access locations.
Northwest Vista College wireless is using 802.11a/b/g/n which supports up to 150 mbps. On average the connection speed is 20 to 30 mbps depending on capabilities of wireless card.
AlamoNet Wi-Fi service is a secure wireless choice available for employees of the Alamo Colleges District and requires employee credentials. Alamo_Guest is provided for students of the Alamo Colleges District and visitors and requires a valid email address.
ALAMONet WiFi requires employee Computer logon credentials in the following format:
[Campus Domain]\[username] ex. NVC\jdoe
Alamo_Guest WiFi requires a valid email address be submitted through the prompted Logon Web portal.
You can connect from any Wi-Fi (802.11a/g/n/ac) capable device (laptop, tablet or smartphone). The wired connection will always be faster and less susceptible to outside interference than a wireless connection.
outline the general procedure for connecting to the Wireless Network. If the instructions do not work for you, please contact our college Helpdesk at 210-486-4777
There is no cost associated with connecting to Alamo Colleges District/Northwest Vista College wireless. Access is available to all Alamo Colleges District’s students, faculty and staff.
The wireless network is available 24 hours a day throughout the year except during periods of scheduled maintenance or any unforeseen network or electrical problems.
Wireless is not available in every area of Northwest Vista College campus. Access the college Wi-Fi map to view a list of Wi-Fi Hotspot locations.
Electrical items like microwaves, radios, and game console controllers or thick concrete walls can interfere with Wi-Fi signal. If your signal is consistently poor or you cannot get signal, contact us email@example.com or call our Helpdesk at 210-486-4777.
If you are having a connection problem related to the wireless network, you can report to our College Helpdesk at 210-486-4777 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also stop by at MZH 106, JH 106 or RLC 108 for Walk-In technical support assistance.
Requests for new wireless locations or service expansions are submitted via Footprints
. Once we receive this request, an Information & Communication Technology specialist will contact you to confirm details for this request. For special events that require wireless connectivity, consult with one of our Information & Communication Technology specialists.
Students and employees who are provided access to the college wireless facilities and to the college-wide communication network assume responsibility for their appropriate use. Access to the Alamo Colleges District wireless services is subject to the Alamo Colleges District Acceptable Use Policy