The Albion College wireless network transmits on the standard 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz radio frequencies. These radio waves are subject to interference from active and passive sources. Knowing about the sources of such radio interference can help you position your wireless devices to limit or avoid interference.
Active Sources of Wireless Interference:
An active source of wireless interference is usually a device that emits a radio signal on the same 2.4 ghz frequency as the wireless network. Below is a list of common devices that can emit 2.4 ghz radio signals and can thus be potential sourches of wireless interference:
- Cordless Phones (2.4 ghz) - Cordless phones that use the 2.4 ghz frequency can cause severe wireless signal interference
- Bluetooth devices - Bluetooth devices transmit over a short range 2.4 ghz signal. Many cell phones, game controllers, cordless mice and other devices use Bluetooth.
- Other wireless networks - Multiple wireless networks setup within close range can cause mutual interference.
- Other wireless devices - Many other devices, such as wireless keyboards and mice, use the 2.4 ghz frequency
- Microwave ovens - Improperly shielded microwave ovens can emit 2.4 ghz frequency radio waves
- Video Players - Devices such as AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku players frequently transmit on the same frequencies as wireless.
If you find that you have a poor or inconsistent wireless signal in your room, see if you have any of these devices nearby. In most cases, simply moving your wireless device farther away from the source of interference is enough to solve the problem.
Sometimes, however, it is necessary to remove the interfering device from the environment. This step can be problematic if the device is immovable or doesn't belong to you. Under such circumstances, testing your wireless device in various locations may be your only option.
Tips to improve wireless access:
- Place a work request, or contact the
. IT can resolve many connection issues, if we know you are having trouble.
- Replace, or relocate, your microwave - The biggest cause of interference in residential wireless networks are old or poorly shielded microwave ovens. A microwave that causes such interference is likely faulty and needs to be replaced.
- Moving your device closer to the hallway will improve signal strength. The access points in the hallways are generally easy to see – place your device so that there are the fewest possible number of obstructions between the device and the access point.
- Turn around – the Human Body is a great absorber of radio frequencies. Make sure you do not place yourself between the device and the access point.
- Turn off interfering wireless devices – Bluetooth devices, gamebox controllers, smart TV’s, and other wireless electronics cause interference on the wifi. Powering these down when not in use will reduce interference.
- Update your drivers – make sure your laptop has the most current drivers for the wireless connection. Visit the Helpdesk if you need assistance.
- Switch to 5 ghz – the 5 ghz channel is less susceptible to interference. Most newer laptops are able to choose between 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz. Visit the Helpdesk if you need assistance.
VMware (virtual network)
VMware is a virtualization technology which allows you to connect to your Albion office/lab machine when you are home or traveling so you may access the Albion network as you would on campus.
Instructions to connect to VMware via a web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome):
- Enter https://hvgw1.albion.edu/portal/webclient/index.html#/disclaimer into your browser of choice
- Read and accept disclaimer.Click Accept.
- Enter your Albion network Username and Password. Please be certain the "Domain" field is left as "Albion"
- Select the "Staff" or "Student Lab" button
- If prompted, select "I understand the Risks" "Add Exception" and "Confirm Security Exception"
- You will soon see a campus desktop with the Albion background through which you can access campus resources.
- When finished, select "Log Off" from the Start menu.
WARNING: Save all documents and files onto your network drives (G, H, W, P) as files saved onto the virtual machine desktop will be lost.
If you have any questions or problems, please contact the helpdesk at 517-629-0479 or email
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New Hire Information
We look forward to you joining the Albion College community. A number of documents are needeed to finalize the hiring process as well as an in person meeting with a member of the Human Resources staff. If that meeting has not yet been scheduled you may do so by contact our office at 517-629-0205. The meeting should be on or before your first day of work. At this meeting you should bring with you emergency contact information, social security numbers of beneficiaries and those to be coverered under College health plans (if in a benefited position) and acceptable identification documents which will be used to complete the employer portion of the federal "Employment Eligibility Verification" form (I-9). An example of acceptable ID is a current passport or the combination of a valid driver's license and social security card. A list of all acceptable documents is available from the I-9 link below. This information is provided as a convenience should you choose not to print and complete the forms prior to your meeting they will be made available to you during the meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact the Human Resources staff should you have any questions.