Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) is announcing changes and improvements to two of its WiFi networks across Michigan Medicine in November 2020.
Michigan Medicine will offer eduroam beginning November 9 across all of its buildings, including NCRC, the medical school, hospitals, and clinics. eduroam (short for education roaming) is a dual band network that allows visitors from other institutions easy, secure WiFi access using their own credentials. Michigan Medicine joins the University of Michigan and more than 800 other U.S. schools and institutions and 100 countries as a part of eduroam.
U-M users can access eduroam using your UMICH (level-1) credentials. eduroam will not provide access to internal Michigan Medicine resources, like internal websites.
To improve performance, MWireless-UMHS will be converted to a single band 5.0 GHz network on November 23. This change mirrors the updates made to the campus MWireless network, and should result in more consistent performance with faster upload and download speeds.
Equipment that requires a 2.4 GHz connection (such as some research equipment) will need to switch to the eduroam network between November 9 and November 20. During this window, both eduroam and MWireless-UMHS will be offered as dual band (5.0 and 2.4 GHz) networks, so equipment can be easily transitioned from MWireless-UMHS to eduroam at this time.
How do I tell if my device can connect to a 5.0 GHz network?
Note that most devices sold in the last few years are dual band and support both 5.0 and 2.4 GHz networks. An easy way to determine if your device supports 5.0 GHz is to check if the device can find the ‘MFleet’ or ‘MVoice’ networks, which are only broadcast on 5.0 GHz*. If these do not show up in the available network list, the device does not have 5.0 GHz WiFi support.
*one exception, MFleet in MBNI is available on 2.4 GHz.