The wireless network at Jefferson Lab (JLab) includes 80+ access points in various locations such as Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) Center, Applied Research Center (ARC), Virginia Association Research Center (VARC), Counting House, Test Lab, and Free Electron Laser (FEL). Wireless is the preferred connection method for laptops that move around on the site.

jlab Wireless Networking

The Computing and Networking Infrastructure (CNI) group supports wireless clients on the 'jlab' network. This network is based on Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2) security and supports multiple client adapters and operating systems. In addition, 802.11a/b/g/n coverage is available for jlab users in all areas where wireless has been deployed.

Please keep in mind that your wireless network card will need to be registered in our Machine/Device Registration database.  You may use the instructions below to configure your wireless device, then register in our database.

Also be aware that when connected via WiFi, you will only be able to access external services.  Internal web pages and services are not exposed to WiFi clients unless the machine they are using is managed by the Computer Center.

General Configuration Instructions for jlab Wireless System

jlab_guest Wireless Networking

The jlab_guest wireless network is provided for guest systems and personal laptops that are not JLab-owned.  It uses the WEP security type and employs a WEP key that is changed on the first working Monday of every month. The new WEP key may be obtained from the WEP Registration Page

If you would like reminders regarding WEP key changes on the 'jlab_guest' wireless network, please visit the JLab Mailing List Index and subscribe to the Jlab_guest_wep mailing list. You will receive a monthly email with the new WEP key.

Requests for temporary wireless network connectivity for meetings and conferences can be fulfilled so long as they are made in a timely fashion. Such requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

** WEP changing to WPA2-Personal on Monday, February 7, 2011 **

On Monday, February 7, 2011, the security type for the jlab_guest wireless is changing from WEP to WPA2-Personal.  We will continue to send out a new pass phrase the first working Monday of each month for the time being.  Please contact the IT Division Help Desk with any quesitons or concerns regarding this change.

General Configuration Instructions for new jlab_guest WPA2-Personal Wireless System

JLab Certificate Authority Information

For users of other systems, you should ensure that all the indicated certificates are installed. Please refer to our JLab SSL-Enabled Services and the Supporting PKI page where you will find additional details and all the necessary certificate files.