NMU LTE Frequently Asked Questions
NMU is switching to LTE for faster data speeds and to stay current with wireless technology. If you'd like to learn how to connect to NMU LTE, please visit our "Connecting to NMU LTE" page.
Where is NMU LTE available?
Is NMU LTE faster than NMU WiMAX?
What devices can connect to NMU LTE?
Can I try out a NMU LTE device before I commit to purchasing one?
Who can get a LTE device issued to them at no cost?
Can my cell phone provider LTE phone/device connect to NMU LTE?
Can I get a discount or reimbursed for returning my NMU WiMAX device?
What should I do with my NMU Wimax device?
Where is NMU LTE available?
Some LTE CPE's provide Internet access via both WiFi and the Ethernet connections it has available. Basically using the Ethernet connections to connect a computer or other device is yet another way to access the Internet using the LTE CPE. Using the Ethernet connection also assures a secure and steady connection compared to WiFi. WiFi uses radio signals which are sometimes prone to interference, typically from other WiFi routers of your close neighbors using the same WiFi (radio) channels.
- Huawei E5172 Indoor devices for $180 + tax offer NMU LTE access via 1 wired Ethernet connection and WiFi to WiFi capable computers and devices within a home.
- SLC-120 Outdoor LTE devices for $200 + tax are an 11 inch square outdoor panel that provides LTE access to a single wired Ethernet connection in locations where a weak NMU LTE signal is available. No WiFi router features are built into the SLC-120 Outdoor LTE device. The Ethernet connection could be connected to a personally owned WiFi router to provide Internet access over a WiFi connection. If you are replacing a previously used WiMAX CPE450 Outdoor CPE you may use the same router and the same wiring as you used for the WiMAX CPE450, provided that it is in good condition. Unless you are replacing a previously installed outdoor wimax modem you will probably need to also purchase a longer outdoor Ethernet cable to complete the installation. IMPORTANT: Be sure to use the new SLC-120 Power over Ethernet (PoE) adapter and AC adapter in place of those that came with your WiMAX CPE450 Outdoor CPE.
- SLR-120 battery powered WiFi hotspot MyFi mobile devices for $160 + tax. (Only currently available to customers with NMU issued Twists & MacBooks right now) The battery powered SLR-120 MyFi Mobile Router is designed to work in a room, taking in the NMU LTE signal for Internet access and providing Internet access via WiFi within a room to up to 5 WiFi enabled devices. A USB connection, USB cable, and AC adapter are included to charge the battery. There is an SD card slot under the battery so a memory card can be used as shared network storage over the WiFi network.
- Another option are Tested LTE CPE devices you can purchase yourself. If you purchase your own device you will also need purchase and NMU LTE SIM card from Micro Repair for $5.
Students with a NMU issued X1 Carbon or T460s ThinkPad Computer that have had the LTE card installed at Micro-Repair can connect directly to NMU LTE. NMU LTE can be installed at no additional cost. If you were issued an X1 Carbon or T460s ThinkPad Computer and haven't already done so, bring your X1 Carbon or T460s computer to the NMU HelpDesk and get a request to have NMU LTE installed by Micro Repair. You should back up any files saved on the computer prior to getting it to Micro Repair. Expect the computer to be ready for pick up in 2 hours or the next business day if it is within 2 hours closing time. Instructions on how to connect to NMU LTE are available at http://it.nmu.edu/docs/connecting-nmu-lte.
If a student currently has an NMU issued Lenovo Twist ThinkPad or MacBook they can come to the Helpdesk/Micro Repair and be issued a MiFi LTE Hotspot at no charge. Students issued a MacBook and live in a location where NMU WiMAX is no longer available will need to bring in the previously issued WiMAX adapter before they can be issued a MiFi LTE Hotspot at no charge. This device will be issued to the student and must be returned with the computer.
NMU faculty, staff, and retirees will have to purchase an LTE device to get access to NMU LTE or be issued a LTE capable NMU notebook computer.
NMU WiMAX devices can no longer connect to the NMU network. There is very little demand for them outside of NMU. It may be best to recycle them.