Connecting to Hawknet Wireless Internet

posted Jun 12, 2012, 3:56 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 24, 2018, 5:55 PM by Spring Andrews ]

About Hawknet wireless

Cabrillo's IT department built HawkNet with the expectation of "Café-Level Support". Just like in your favorite internet café, wireless signal is provided and the rest is up to you. 

Is this going to cost me anything?

No, Hawknet is a free service provided by Cabrillo College to its Staff and Students. 

How do I get a login and password?

To sign up, go to the Library or CTC (1400 building in Aptos), or the CTC in Watsonville. If you are Faculty or Staff, simply use your email/network login username and password. 

I see both hawknet and secure-hawknet. What's the difference?

Cabrillo offers two options for wireless access on our campuses:
  • hawknet, an unsecure, open wireless network
  • secure-hawknet, a secure, protected wireless network
Both networks supply a speedy connection, but secure-hawknet offers two benefits:
  1. An encrypted connection between your computer and our wireless access points
  2. Requires you to log in only once per semester, per device
Cabrillo's IT department highly recommends that you use secure-hawknet, if possible.

We have upgraded our network and you will need to reconfigure your device in order to connect to secure-hawknet.
  • On your device forget the secure-hawknet wireless network if you have previously connected to it.
  • Re-Add the secure-hawknet wireless network to your device, you will be prompted to trust a certificate.

Where is wireless available on Campus?

Wireless service is generally available across the Aptos, Scotts Valley, and Watsonville campuses. You might find spotty coverage in the parking lots or in some outdoor areas, but our campuses generally have wireless signal available in indoor locations. If you notice a location with poor coverage, please contact the Help Desk at x6392 and we will evaluate the possibility of adding a new Access Point. 

What type of hardware do I need?

A wireless card or built-in wireless for your device that handles the 802.11b or 802.11g protocols. Many areas on campus also support the 802.11a protocol. Our newest buildings work with 802.11n, as well. 

How do I configure my computer or other device to connect to secure-hawknet?

Using secure wireless requires you to make a few special settings on your computer or device. Afterward, you can continue to use secure-hawknet on our campuses with the settings you initially configured. Configuration on some devices and operating systems is simple, with most configuration done automatically. Below are instructions to assist you, organized by device or platform type. 

For Windows XP:

Visit How to Use Secure Wireless on Windows XP SP3
WARNING: You must have XP Service Pack 3 installed and a wireless card that supports WPA2

For Windows 7:

Visit How to Use Secure Wireless on Windows 7

For OS X:

Visit How to Use Secure Wireless on OS X

For iOS devices (iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad):

  1. Turn on WiFi.
  2. Choose "secure-hawknet" from the list of available networks
  3. Enter your Cabrillo College username and password
  4. Accept the certificate
  5. You should be connected

For Android devices:

Visit How to Use Secure Wireless on Android

For Blackberry devices:

Check with your cellular provider for instructions on how to configure secure wi-fi.