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UniOfCam-IoT technical information

This system allows users to register non-802.1x devices to an SSID called UniOfCam-IoT via Media Access Control (MAC) Address registration.

The latest version of the system includes:

  • Device MAC Address registration for personal non-802.1x devices
  • A simple web-based user interface for users to log in with their CRSid and manage devices (add, edit, delete or change MPSK password)
  • The ability to receive MPSK passwords via SMS or email
  • AirGroup (device discovery and communication) functionality between devices associated with the same CRSid and connected via eduroam or the MPSK SSID.

It's intended for staff and students to connect personal devices that can't be connected to eduroam – for example, media streaming devices like Apple TV; smart speakers like Amazon Echo; or personal printers – while in University or College buildings where the University Wireless Service is available. Registered devices are associated with a user's CRSid. In its current iteration, it's not intended for devices that are used by lots of people in an institution, like a shared office printer, or infrastructure devices like a building management system.

Limitations

  • To connect to this service, devices must be able to accept a pre-shared key password (WPA2 or WPA3-PSK).

  • This service does not support devices that randomise (periodically change) MAC address.

  • The UniOfCam-IoT facility will only work on Wi-Fi networks provided by the University Wireless Service. It is not available on other networks – for example, some College Wi-Fi networks.

  • The AirGroup service is only available on devices connected via the UniOfCam-IoT SSID and the eduroam SSID and associated with the same user's credentials.

  • Users can't share connectivity to their devices with others – for example, to allow a friend or colleague to Airplay to their Apple TV.

 

Future developments

Future iterations will add features such as:

  • Expanded AirGroup functionality to enable users to electively share device connectivity with other CRSids
  • SSID integration with the Wireless Console for statistics and troubleshooting
  • Improved user interface
  • More-complex support for institutional devices

We'll provide further details on future service features as we get closer to launching them.

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