Wireless Updates Offer Continued Improvements

Effective Monday, May 8, 2017, the ecu-onboard and Pirates networks will be decommissioned and replaced with the ecu-wifi wireless network.

Similar to Pirates, the ecu-wifi network is an open, non-secure network that allows on-camps users to:

  • Onboard to eduroam. The eduroam network service is the primary network for all ECU users. Authentication is done on initial setup with wireless access good for four years wherever eduroam is a service, including several other UNC campuses. There is no log on posturing process necessary.The Pirates wireless network will be turned off beginning Monday, May 8, and users still connected through Pirates should make the switch to eduroam. New and existing staff and students can pre-enroll their Android, iOS, Chromebook, Windows or Apple wireless device from anywhere on or off campus before arrival. Visit the network connect home page for more information and specific device instructions.
  • Connect internet-ready devices. Smart TVs and other multimedia devices not able to connect through eduroam can connect to the internet through ecu-wifi; however, users must authenticate each time they log on to the network.To avoid the logon process each time, users can register their device through the My Devices Portal. Find step-by-step instructions on the eduroam website.

If you have questions or require assistance connecting to the ECU network, please call the IT Help Desk, 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.

On-campus students can also take advantage of the walk-in help from any Pirate Techs Student Computing Support Center. Find the nearest campus Pirate Techs location.

What You Need to Know Before Purchasing Apple Laptops

The new 2016 MacBook Pro models have two major changes in the hardware that should be noted.

Hardware change one:

The new SSD hard drive is soldered to the board. This means it cannot be replaced without replacing the entire logic board. Retrieval of data on the laptop may not be possible depending on the extent of the damage. (Apple warranty is for manufacturing issues only; not for liquid spills, drops or abuse).

With this new format, it will be critical for you to back up your data using the Piratedrive for sensitive documents and OneDrive for off-campus collaboration.

Hardware change two:

The ports on the sides of your new laptop have completely changed. They are now all USB-C, so you will need to research the adapters to attach any monitors, printers, keyboards or other peripherals. The Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter is required to attach to ECU’s network. Details can be found at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204360.

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