NOOB Question- Deciding Factor

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  1. srt4cane macrumors member

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    Hey guys I've been debating whether to buy an iPhone and the main factor is this:

    My school (University of Miami) has campus-wide wireless access. Meaning, I'd be able to use my iPhone's internet/email/everything while at school (which is 9-12 hours a day). My question is, will I be able to connect to their network, even though it's not a laptop? Sorry if this is a dumb question but I honestly don't know what their protocols are and whether they allow such a device. If anyone uses theirs on a college campus or has any answers please let me know. Thankyou in advance
     
  2. weeman macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, you should be able to connect no problem. I use my school's wifi all the time and it works flawlessly. I only use the att edge internet when nothing else is available. Usually schools have a lock on their connection, meaning that you have to be enrolled and have a student id and a password to use it. As long as you have one, then you should be good to go.
     
  3. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    You might want to check with someone at your school, just to make sure.



    And just to stir the pot a little - Go Seminoles!!! ;)
     
  4. srt4cane thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the quick replies! Well i just looked up the process on my school's website and you have to produce a MAC address in order to be able to connect to the network. Does the iphone have such an address?

    P.S. Canes #1 this year
     
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  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, the iPhone has a MAC address. All devices that use TCP/IP have MAC addresses for each interface (i.e. your notebook has at least two, one for ethernet and one for wifi).

    The MAC address is very loosely like your network adapter's student ID number. It identifies it as that specific piece of hardware. You can spoof that (not really important here), but that's the basic idea.

    http://www.leecardona.com/2007/06/hey-apple-where.html

    Explains how to see the iPhone MAC address.
     
  7. lavrishevo macrumors 68000

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    Just go get it, it will work. I have yet to find a wifi network it does not work on.
     
  8. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68020

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    :eek:If you're not a Gator, you're Gator Bait ;)
     
  9. dotcomlarry macrumors regular

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    Scalp 'em!!!

    Another 'Nole chiming in :)

    <now back to your regularly scheduled iPhone thread.>
     
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  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    #1 in what? Lattitude?

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  12. jecapaga macrumors 601

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    #1 in what? I hope you don't mean football.
     
  13. Canuck4 macrumors 6502a

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    You will be able to connect to their wifi just like any other laptop would do.
    There's no difference whether you're connectiong using your Iphone or a regural laptop, same exact thing.
     
  14. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    You need to make sure that they don't require a special user agent program, and that they don't require 802.1X authentication protocol support. (Some campuses do.)

    The iPhone supports neither option.

    For example, Ohio State University:

    No iPhone access at OSU
     
  15. srt4cane thread starter macrumors member

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    very funny...yes in football lol...

    I looked at my school's website and there is a tutorial for using the UM email client specifically with an iphone so i find it hard to believe that it won't work on their network. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed though
     

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