Network Connectivity

The Division of Information Technology strives to provide a robust and reliable network for the campus community.  Several key components of this network include:

  • Redundant Internet connections with automatic failover
  • 802.11n WiFi connectivity in all campus buildings
  • A web based VPN for secure connections to campus resources
  • A network access control system to ensure computers connecting to the network are safe

RU resources are available from any Internet connection.  A list of local Internet Service Providers is available to help you in your selection of a connection for use when not on campus.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The Radford University VPN creates a secure and encrypted network connection to the RU campus from the Internet. The VPN is required to connect to any sensitive systems such as Banner or the H: drive from off campus.  For more information about the VPN and how it is configured, please see the Knowledge Base article.

Wireless Access (WiFi)

All of Radford University campus buildings have wireless access. It is recommended that all faculty, staff, and students use eduroam when connecting to the wireless network.  eduroam will encrypt all data as it is transmitted to the wireless access point preventing any exposure of data.  Wired connection is always recommended when available to provide a faster more reliable connection.