WPS WiFi

Platform-Specific Instructions

Operating Notes

General:

  • Don't include "@westport.k12.ct.us" or "@students.westport.k12.ct.us" in your username.
  • Students and staff should not use wps-guest.
  • Once connected to wps-wlan, "forget" or delete the WPS WiFi Setup Instructions and wps-guest networks.
  • When using XpressConnect, selecting "Westport Public Schools Secure Network" will connect you to wps-wlan, while selecting "Staples High School Athletic Fields" will connect you to wps-wlan-ext.

Chromebooks:

  • User must have already created an account on the Chromebook.
  • District Chromebooks do not need to be onboarded.

Windows 7:

  • Internet Connection Sharing/Connection Bridging will prevent XpressConnect from detecting the wireless NIC. Disable ICS/bridging.
  • If Java isn't working or unavailable, use the XpressConnect manual procedure.
  • If XpressConnect is successful but the device is still connected to WPS WiFi Setup Instructions, manually switch to wps-wlan.
  • If XpressConnect fails, use the XpressConnect shortcut on the desktop to remove/rejoin network.
  • If no XpressConnect shortcut is available, manually delete the network and retry.

Windows 8/8.1:

  • If Java isn't working or unavailable, use the XpressConnect manual procedure.
  • To delete a network, enter "netsh wlan delete profile name=wps-wlan" or "netsh wlan delete profile name=wps-guest" in an elevated (i.e., administrator) command prompt.
  • Please update the wireless network adapter drivers to the latest version available from your device's manufacturer.

Windows 10:

  • If you have the latest version of Windows 10, called Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, you can connect to wps-wlan by clicking on the network name in the wireless network list, and entering your WPS username and password. To determine if you have Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, run the command "winver" from a Run prompt, and verify that you have Windows 10 Version 1607 (see screenshot).
  • Run XpressConnect using Internet Explorer, and not Microsoft Edge (the default browser).

Mounting Home Directories and Dropboxes

For Y-Drives:

  • Windows: Go to the Start Menu, right-click on Computer, and select "Map Network Drive". For the "Drive" field, select "Y:", and for the folder, type "\\wps-homedir00\username$", e.g., "\\wps-homedir00\jdoe$". Click the "Connect using different login credentials" checkbox. Click "Finish". You will then be prompted for their username and password. Enter username@westport.k12.ct.us, and your password.
  • Mac OS X: In Finder, press Command+K or navigate to "Connect to Server" from the Finder menu bar. For server address, they should enter "smb://wps-homedir00/username$", e.g.,"smb://wps-homedir00/jdoe$". When prompted, they should input the following:
    Domain: westport.k12.ct.us
    Name: Your username
    Password: Your password

For H-Drives:

  • Windows: Go to the Start Menu, right-click on Computer, and select "Map Network Drive". For the "Drive" field, select "H:", and for the folder, type "\\a-tso-homedir00\username$", e.g., "\\a-tso-homedir00\jdoe$". Click the "Connect using different login credentials" checkbox. Click "Finish". You will then be prompted for their username and password. Enter username@westport.k12.ct.us, and your password.
  • Mac OS X: In Finder, press Command+K or navigate to "Connect to Server" from the Finder menu bar. For server address, enter "smb://a-tso-homedir00/username$", e.g.,"smb://a-tso-homedir00/jdoe$". When prompted, input the following:
    Domain: westport.k12.ct.us
    Name: Your username
    Password: Your password

For Dropboxes:

Follow the instructions above, but replace the username$ with "SchoolInitials-dropbox$", e.g.,"\\wps-homedir00\shs-dropbox$".

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is onboarding?

Onboarding is the process of connecting your device to our wireless network.

Why am I being warned about an untrusted connection while web browsing?

If your device was not onboarded using the onboarding tool you may need to manually install our trusted certificate.

What is XpressConnect, and what changes does it make to my device?

Westport utilizes the software XpressConnect to help configure your device. The XpressConnect Wizard will guide you through the setup process. The wizard is lightweight, meaning that it makes only small changes to your computer.

Running the XpressConnect Wizard will:
  • Configure your device to connect to either the secure or guest Westport Public Schools network.
  • Collect your WPS username and password, which will authenticate you to the network. You will only need to enter this once.
  • Install certificates on your device. These certificates are digital signatures that identify the Westport Public Schools network and ensure that your device will only try to connect to the secure WPS network while on the wireless at school.
Running the XpressConnect Wizard will not:
  • Install any monitoring or tracking software.
  • Give WPS staff access to your personal files.
  • Remove other wireless networks or prevent you from connecting to other networks.
  • Do your homework. Sorry.
Once you are connected to either the secure network, you will no longer need to access the onboarding network (WPS WiFi Setup Instructions). You can safely "forget" or delete the network from your device.

What's the difference between the secure and guest wireless networks?

The secure wireless network is intended for use by all WPS students and staff, and provides the same access to network resources as if your device was connected through the wired network. The guest wireless network is intended primarily for temporary use by guests of the Westport Public Schools. More specifically:

The secure network (wps-wlan) provides:
  • Full access to WPS network resources
  • Internet access
  • Access to your Y-Drive & District dropboxes without using the web interface
  • Access to printers District-wide
  • Increased bandwidth and security
The guest network (wps-guest) provides:
  • Access to public WPS network resources only
  • Internet access
  • Limited bandwidth
  • No security.

Infrastructure Notes

With the transition to BYOD, many have expressed interest in the network infrastructure that will be used to support this initiative. Below is a synopsis of the Westport Public Schools network infrastructure.

Internet Access

Internet access is provided by the Connecticut Education Network (CEN), a State-sponsored high-speed network connecting K-12 school districts, libraries, and universities all across Connecticut. We are connected to CEN via two 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) connections, one at Staples High School and one at Westport Town Hall. Inbound and outbound Internet access is automatically load-balanced across both CEN connections.

Robust, Resilient Design

Our infrastructure is designed without any single point of failure. All buildings are connected via 10 Gbps "dark" fiber-optic links, with multiple paths between them, and have redundant core networking equipment. All servers are virtualized and run on redundant clusters. All storage is virtualized as a storage area network (SAN), which is actively replicated between our two data centers.

Wireless Network

Every building within the District has building-wide wireless access (802.11n), with Staples High, Bedford Middle, and Coleytown Middle supporting the latest and fastest wireless networking standard (802.11ac). High-density (HD) wireless environments are deployed in all buildings.