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WiFi access via eduroam

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Since the beginning of this year the MatiesWiFi service is no longer available for any staff or students for access to WiFi on campus. Instead you will be required to use eduroam for wireless connections. This change was mainly made to ensure better security. More information.  

To further improve security and comply to eduroam’s GEANT guidelines we had to implement a new security certificate. This certificate will lead to better performance and speed up the sign-on process in future.

If you connect and sign on to eduroam on a Windows device, depending on the versions, you will be prompted with a messages This will happen only once. Click on Connect and continue working as usual.  Similar messages will appear if you work on devices with Linux or Apple operating systems.

NB. Please take note that you need to enter your full sun email address when signing on to eduroam.

 

 

 

 

Interactive campus map shows WiFi in buildings

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Almost a year ago Facilities Management introduced their custom-made, interactive campus map. This online application was developed in collaboration with Information Technology and Esri South Africa and is particularly handy for new students who are not yet familiar with our campus. More on the app’s functionality.

One of the useful functions that has been added over time is a layer which indicates WiFi availability in buildings. To access the WiFi layer, just follow the instructions below. 

  1. Open https://campusmap.sun.ac.za/in your browser.
  2. Select Proceed. 

 

3. Click on the layers-icon (circled in red below)

 

4. Select Campus WiFi Coverage

 

Although the campus map is live, it is continuously improved and updated as new needs arise from its users. 

For enquiries and suggestions, you are welcome to  contact Facilities Management. 

SU releases first interactive campus map

SUNLearn support for students

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Are you a Matie? Then you use SUNLearn.

Face-to-Face SUNLearn Support for students is now available at the IT Hub on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 09h00-17h00.

Do you need assistance with:

  • SUNLearn access and log in issues?
  • Basic SUNLearn site navigation?
  • Accessing courses and course materials?
  • Knowing what to expect when your assessments are due?
  • Struggling to submit an assignment or find your Turnitin report?

Then set up an appointment today by sending an email to: angunge@sun.ac.za

We also offer weekly webinars for basic SUNLearn training for students on Tuesday and Friday at 18h00.

To make a booking for individualised SUNLearn assistance and support, please email angunge@sun.ac.za

WiFi during load-shedding

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

It seems we are never really done with loads-shedding and even though we try our utmost to prepare for the imminent interruptions, there is only so much we can do.

We realise that a stable internet connection in classrooms is vital for lecturers to stream academic content to students. In most university buildings we have generators in place to provide a backup for load-shedding. However, unfortunately we cannot guarantee uninterrupted supply of power. The reasons are as follows:

When load-shedding starts all network equipment loses power and the generator automatically kicks in. The network equipment will do a so-called “cold-boot” which can take several minutes. Subsequently it can take 10 minutes to 30 minutes (in some extreme cases) for the network to function optimally again.

Adding to this delay it could happen that network equipment will not recover automatically when the generator is activated. In these instances the network and WiFi will remain down for the whole duration of the load-shedding slot. 

Stabilising equipment and connections during load-shedding isn’t practically possible since the effort must be repeated once Eskom switches the power back on. However, we do have a monitoring system which checks for the equipment that does not recover by itself. 

In most cases WiFi and the rest of the network should be operational with the help of generator power after about 10 minutes. To ensure that the transition is seamless and network connectivity continues, it would be helpful if staff in the building could, after about 15 minutes after the generator started, check if the WiFi is active or not. 

IT HUB: only for students by appointment

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

All services offered by the IT HUB in the Admin A building – collection of equipment and any type of technical support – are available by prior arrangement only.

Additionally, during the peak period from March to May no staff support will be done at the IT HUB. If staff need technical support, they need to log a request on the ICT Partner Portal after which they will be contacted by a technician for further arrangements.

Students should make appointments by logging a call at the online service desk in advance. Appointments and rrequests can no longer be logged at the entrance to the IT HUB.

You can also call the IT HUB at 021 8089289, but preferably log a request on the ICT Partner Portal. This can be done as follows:

  1. Log an issue report on the ICT Partner Portal at https://servicedesk.sun.ac.za/
  2. Sign on with your SU username and password.
  3. Select the “ICT Partner Portal” service desk.
  4. Students select the IT HUB option. Staff select the  option depending on the type of issue.
  5.  Fill in the necessary information – if there is an asset number, please include it.
  6.  Add any additional information in the description field.
  7.  Copy any related images, files and emails to the attachment area.
  8.  A staff member will make contact once the report has been logged and schedule an appointment.

Students and staff members who have lost their student/staff cards are the only unscheduled visitors allowed at the IT HUB, and only between 08:30 and 16:00 daily.

 

 

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