Over the course of the past summer, the various AirPennNet networks have undergone a series of changes, to better serve the Penn community, and make the lives of students, staff and faculty (as well as guests) just a little less stressful. Both AirPennNet-Guest, for use by guests on campus, and AirPennNet-Device, for use by devices that cannot connect to AirPennNet, have undergone changes and expansion.
AirPennNet-Guest was updated to allow for a much simpler process for getting guests online. Now, guests can simply connect to AirPennNet-Guest while on campus and upon supplying an email address, will be granted access for a 24-hour period before having to renew their connection. This means guests can now connect without the assistance of someone with a PennKey and event planners no longer need to request codes for distribution to attendees. AirPennNet-Guest should only be used by guests and should not be used if a connection to AirPennNet is permitted.
AirPennNet-Device has been expanded and simplified. AirPennNet-Device, formerly only available in the College Houses, was used to connect devices that cannot traditionally connect to AirPennNet, due to a lack of browser or lack of other support. These devices include things such as the Amazon Echo, Xbox, PlayStation, Roku and more. AirPennNet-Device has now been expanded to serve the entire campus and meet the needs of a rapidly growing variety of connected devices.
To connect a device to AirPennNet-Device, use a web browser to access the AirPennNet-Device Portal at https://penndevice.aws.cloud.upenn.edu/login(PennKey login required), then register the device’s MAC address/physical hardware address and provide a description of the device. A user may self-register up to five devices.