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Networking, Wireless, QuickConnect
This page contains information about QuickConnect, which allows users to easily sign in to campus wireless or walkup networking services through a web page.
NOTE: The recommended first choice for wireless access on campus is IllinoisNet Wireless, which does not require QuickConnect.
- Open a browser window. Enter an http:// URL such as http://www.illinois.edu/ and the login screen will appear.
- Note: Do NOT use an https:// URL for the first location you connect to. QuickConnect can place its login screen in front of an http:// URL, but not in front of an https:// URL. After you've logged in, you can visit any https:// URL of your choosing.
- Click the Login button in the left side of the window.
- Use your Network ID and Active Directory password to authenticate.
- Note: If you're a guest with a temporary account, you can use your guest ID and password for QuickConnect as well as for the VPN.
About five seconds after you've authenticated, you'll be logged in to the campus network. A small pop-up window will appear, with buttons for renewing your session or logging out.
(If your browser is set to block pop-ups, QuickConnect authentication will still work. You'll receive the renewal information in your main window, but you'll need to click a link to continue to your original destination.)
When the renewal window is left open, QuickConnect will automatically renew your connection once an hour while you remain connected to the network. You can also click the "Renew" button to renew your connection manually.
- Note: Use one computer at a time. You can't log in from more than one computer simultaneously. If you use your Network ID and Active Directory password to log in from a second computer, then you will be prompted to choose which computer you will be using.
QuickConnect is designed for simple access to common services which do not distribute passwords in unencrypted form.
For security purposes, QuickConnect won't allow you to connect to unusual services or services that are known to distribute passwords in an unencrypted form. For access to facilities not available through QuickConnect, you'll need to use either a VPN client or IllinoisNet Secure Wireless.
If you successfully connect to the web site but you aren't able to complete the other action, there are two possibilities:
- The application you tried to use isn't correctly configured to work with QuickConnect.
(For example, your mail client's configuration may be trying to use insecure POP or IMAP rather than secure POP or IMAP.)
In this case, you may be able to reconfigure your application to use secure communication methods instead of insecure ones.
- The action you tried to take is prohibited by QuickConnect's security settings.
(For example, Yahoo Messenger connections will often fail because the Yahoo client sometimes tries to connect using telnet or FTP ports, which are blocked on QuickConnect. However, other instant messaging clients like AOL or MSN should succeed.)
In this case, you will need to use the VPN or the IllinoisNet secure wireless network to identify yourself as a member of the Urbana-Champaign campus and to provide additional security for actions that are considered too insecure for QuickConnect.
For a comprehensive explanation of when QuickConnect is sufficient by itself and when additional security is required, see QuickConnect and Security.