Three months after introducing a stronger WiFi network to campus, UAB IT is reminding users that the WiFi network named "uabwifi_nac" will be discontinued on Dec. 15.

Users whose devices are still logged into uabwifi_nac will need to configure their devices one of two new WiFi networks, UABStartHere or UABSecure.

For users with a BlazerID and password, UABSecure is the preferred network because it provides encryption for sensitive data. UABStartHere is a completely open network, which means it provides no encryption and users will not need to enter a WEP key as they have in the past.

WiFi users who want to connect to UAB’s WiFi network can begin by choosing the UABStartHere network from their device. Upon opening a web browser, users are  automatically directed to a Web site where they can choose whether to configure their device for the UABSecure network, log on to the UABStartHere network or to register as a guest user.

Guests on campus are no longer be required to get sponsor access to use the campus WiFi network. They can simply log on to UABStartHere using a valid e-mail address to get 24 hours of access to the WiFi network.

Unencrypted, sensitive data should NOT be transmitted through the UABStartHere network unless protected by other means, such as a virtual private network (VPN) session. 

If your WiFi device can support the UABSecure network, we highly suggest taking the time to walk through configuring your device using QuickConnect. Click here for instructions.

Persons who are formally affiliated with UAB gain access to university-managed electronic resources by means of an officially recognized credential called a “BlazerID."  A non-UAB person who needs access to these resources is not eligible to create a BlazerID, and is thus required to obtain a guest username and password.  Guest accounts (also referred to as “XIAS” accounts) must be sponsored by a UAB employee, and are subject to an approval and setup process. 

Who is a guest?

Guest accounts can be used for many purposes at UAB.  Guests can fall into a number of categories, including but not limited to:

  • A researcher accessing data stored on a UAB SharePoint site
  • A colleague from another institution who needs to access a UAB file share
  • A vendor that is remotely supporting a UAB-owned system via VPN
  • A site visitor conducting an accreditation review who needs local network access
  • A consultant who needs system access to conduct on-site installation or maintenance  
  • A high school guidance counselor who needs access to Banner

 

FOR SPONSORS

As a Sponsor, use the links below to begin the process of setting up a guest account.  Once you have completed the underlying form(s), the sponsored user or users will receive automated emails that will guide them through the process of completing the setup.  Once the setup is complete, you will receive an email confirmation and information on next steps.

I would like to…

      Give a guest access to hardware or software that they support in your area

      Give a guest access to the UAB VPN

      Give a guest access to a SharePoint site or other Windows-based resource

      Give a guest external access to the Admin Systems


FOR GUESTS

As a guest, you will receive an automated email that with instructions on how to complete the setup of your sponsored account.  You can use the link below to manage certain aspects of your account, such as a forgotten password.  Please note that as a guest you are not able to initiate the account creation process; this must be done by a valid UAB-affiliated sponsor.

       Manage my guest account