Wireless & Network

The secure wireless network is named "HCDE RADIUS" and is available in all locations. The new access points support the IEEE 802.11ax, allowing 1 Gbps maximum connection speeds while still allowing the older standards (802.11a, b, g and ac) to connect as well. We are continuing to upgrade our wireless to the latest standards including Wi-Fi 6. All schools have a secure “HCDE Guest” wireless that will allow personal devices to be connected to the wireless network while inside the buildings.
The wired network inside HCDE buildings will support up to 1 Gbps connection in most cases. The network team is always upgrading and installing the latest in networking switches and hardware.

Connecting to HCDE RADIUS

HCDE RADIUS uses domain authentication. HCDE owned Windows computers connect automatically without using your domain account. Other computers, phones, tablets and devices require a domain user account to connect. In other words, connecting to HCDE RADIUS requires the same username and password that you use to log into your HCDE owned computer or access your email. When you change your password for email, you must remember to change the password saved on your wireless device to your updated password. It does not matter whether you connect to HCDE RADIUS using a personal computer, a tablet, a mobile phone or any other wi-fi device; neglecting to update the password stored in your device WILL result in frequent account lockouts from password failures.

When connecting personal Windows computers and other devices to the HCDE RADIUS network, your domain account is used to verify your identity. Only faculty and staff have been granted access to connect non-HCDE computers and devices to our wireless network. Students have not been granted this access. You should only use your domain username and password to connect devices you own. It is unacceptable to use your credentials to connect someone else’s computer or device to the network. Each time a connection is made, A log is generated. This log includes user information used to make wireless connections. An excessive number of devices connected through one user account will be noted.

Should your username and password be compromised; you should change your password as soon as possible. This will prevent anyone from using your information to connect to HCDE wireless, to logon to HCDE computers, or to access your HCDE email account.

If your HCDE owned Windows laptop doesn't automatically connect to HCDE RADIUS, connect the laptop to power and to the network with a network cable and reboot the computer. Login with your username and password and check to see if you are connected to the HCDE RADIUS network. Sometimes it might take more than one restart to get the necessary settings. Once you have successfully connected to wireless, you can unplug the network cable.

Connecting Personal Cell Phones to Wireless

All personal cell phones will need to be connected to “HCDE Guest”. The password to the guest network will be available at the HCDE building that you are in.