Purdue Wifi Expands Downtown

Jun 22, 2015

Between 150 to 200 people have used the extended PAL network since its expansion Monday.
Credit Purdue ITAP

Purdue Air Link wireless internet is now available off-campus. The network has been expanded to areas of Lafayette and West Lafayette that already carry city wifi. People who have Purdue accounts can log on to PAL in places like Tapawingo Park, the West Lafayette Farmer’s Market, Lafayette’s Main Street, and the county courthouse square. 

Purdue Chief Information Officer Gerry McCartney says he hopes the expansion, which piggybacks on Lafayette and West Lafayette infrastructure, will get more students to explore the community.

" This is another way, actually, that the downtown becomes more attractive to students, especially the coffeehouses," says McCartney. "They can go down there, they can get access to the things they need to get access to, and they’re in good shape."

PAL is a secure network and it offers its users access to tools such as remote storage.  McCartney does not believe the expansion will make the network more vulnerable to cyberattacks.