Make sure you're using LTU Network

This morning, I was a little confused. I booted up my Fujitsu LifeBook T900 into Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and went to check Blackboard at LTU. But the page was taking forever to load, and when it finally did, it redirected to one of their pages concerning Bannerweb instead.

I went and talked to LTU's help desk, and it turns out that the problem was that my laptop had connected to LTU Guest instead of LTU Network for its wireless connection. I switched connections, and everything was working fine.

The rationale was that LTU Guest is unsecured while LTU Network is secured, so Blackboard is only supposed to be accessible through the latter connection. LTU students are only supposed to be able to access their email through the latter connection, as well.

So, if you're a Linux at Lawrence Technological University user like me, always ensure you are connected to LTU Network before trying to get anything done through Blackboard or email. I have previously written a blog post on how to set up this connection for the first time. You can double-check which connection you are using in Unity by simply left-clicking the network indicator and seeing what you are connected to.


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