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Wireless FAQs

Q: How Do I Access the Wireless Networks on Campus?

A: Two networks (“cma” and “cma-wpa2”) are available for wireless access on campus.  The IT Department recommends that smart phone users connect to the “cma-wpa2” network.  Laptop users can use either one.  Both are encrypted but the “cma-wpa2” provides an additional layer of security.  Both of these require you to logon using your campus credentials (username and password). 

Whereas the “cma” wireless network uses a web-based login and it will time out, the “cma-wpa2” network will permit you to reconnect without logging back in again.  

The “cma” wireless network does not require any configuration on your personal device (laptop, smartphone, etc.) but older model laptops may require configuration with “cma-wpa2.” 

You should be able to see these network names by opening the wireless network browser on your computer, just as if you were connecting to a wireless network at home or in places such as airports or coffee shops. 


To connect, you will need to logon using your campus credentials (the same username and password that you use to logon into Cal Maritime’s email system).  Your username should be preceded by the domain name.  For example:

Logon using academic\your-username (the word “academic” and your username must be separated by a backslash)

Faculty and staff:

Logon using maritime\your-username.  

Q: How can guests access the wireless network?

A: The IT Department recognizes that non-campus users may need access on occasion.  Because the Aruba wireless network requires users to authenticate, guests visiting the campus will not be able to access the wireless system unless they have been granted the proper credentials.   Departments and clubs that need access for their guests should contact the IT Department’s Help Desk prior to their guest’s anticipated arrival to obtain temporary guest accounts.

Q: What is different about the wireless network on campus?

A:  In many cases, users will be able to walk with a notebook or other wireless device from within the range of one wireless Access Point (AP) to a neighboring one without loosing connection and without needing to log back into the domain again.  Cal Maritime’s deployment of the Aruba APs combined with the “Centralized Multiservice Mobility Controllers” in the Data Center lets users remain connected to the network without having to re-authenticate as they move between APs.”

Another difference is that these special wireless APs are inoperable if they are removed from Cal Maritime’s network.  Unlike traditional wireless APs or routers, they have to communicate with one of the controllers in the Data Center.

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