PPS WiFi

What is it?
"PPS WiFi" is a district wide network of centrally-managed wireless access points.. These access points are Cisco devices using global SSIDs (public name of a wireless network) that allow wireless users to log in with PPS credentials (email or network username/password), or a WPA2 key at any location currently using the "PPS WiFi" network.

What does it do?
The wireless network provides a convienent alternative to remaining tethered to the wall, allowing staff to roam around the school and classroom with wireless capable technology to assist the students in learning.  Staff and students may log in with credentials they already use daily or use a device stored easy to remember WPA2 authentication key. 

What will I see and what does it mean?
When you discover available networks with your laptop software, you could see these SSIDs:

  • pps-wifi-alwayson
    This wireless network is always on and assigned to wireless access points that have been mounted in an optimal and secure location and are monitored for up time by IT. 
  • pps-wifi-alwayson-key
    This wireless network is always on and assigned to wireless access points that have been mounted in an optimal and secure location and are monitored for up time by IT.  This SSID is also secured with a 128-bit alphanumeric password, that is available from your front office. 
  • pps-wifi-guest
    This wireless network is always on and assigned to wireless access points that have been mounted in an optimal and secure location and are monitored for up time by IT. This network has very limited connectivity and is designed for short term use by school visitors.

Connect to the SSID that makes sense for your use.

How do I use it?
Just like at an airport or hotel, after you connect to the wireless access point and then launch a browser (Internet Explorer, etc.) you will see a “splash screen” identified as “Portland Public Schools WiFi”.

  • pps-wifi-alwayson . . .
    use your PPS email username and password or student/classroom login.
  • pps-wifi-guest . . .
    use the guest account provided at the building’s main office.

For pps-wifi-alwayson-key, no splash page is used.  You simply connect to the wireless network as you would at home, and the wireless device will prompt you for a wireless password.  This password is available from the front office of your location or from the IT Service Desk.

Quick Reference Guide
You can open a Quick Reference Guide to take you through the WiFi connection process. Click the desired link below.

 
Who should I contact if it doesn’t work?
If you have any problems connecting or authenticating to the Unified Wireless access points, please call the IT Service Desk at 503-916-DESK (3375).

All schools and administrative buildins in the District should be covered with the "PPS WiFi" network.  Again, please contact the IT Service Desk for any coverage related issues.