Using Wireless

A wireless local area network (WLAN) has been implemented by the Division of ICT Services within the Toowoomba, Fraser Coast and Springfield campuses.

The wireless network is available to staff and students and offers wireless data connections at speeds up to 54Mbps.  Users in all administrative, academic and key outdoor areas located around the main campus/centre areas can enjoy wireless networking with the 2.4 GHz, IEEE 802.11b/g and 5 GHz, IEEE 802.11.  A wireless user's portable computer can connect to the University network using radio frequency signals.  The table below shows IEEE's Wireless standards and support provided by USQ for these standards.

USQ 802.11 Wireless Network Support Matrix

 IEEE Standard

Speed 

 Frequency

 Remarks

 Supported on USQ Wireless Network

 802.11b  up to 11 Mbps  2.4 GHz  Most popular standard

 Yes

 802.11g  up to 54 Mbps  2.4 GHz

802.11g is backward compatible with
802.11g access points will work with 802.11b
wireless network adapters and vice versa

 Yes

 802.11a  up to 54 Mbps  5 GHz Less commonly found on consumer products,
usually found on business networks 

 Yes

 802.11n  100 Mbps +  5 GHz  USQ currently does not support 802.11n

 No

Staff and students will have access to email and Internet services.  Staff also have access to departmental servers vis a secure wireless Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.