About Internet Service

At OSHKI, Internet service is provided by the Kuhkenah Network (K-Net) through the local Thunder Bay Meet Me Network.  This city-wide network hosts a common meet-me site at Lakehead University where First Nations organizations in Thunder Bay can share network routes to be able to access a direct connection between themselves and remote First Nation communities.  This network is operated and serviced by K-Net in partnership with a consortium of Aboriginal organizations in Thunder Bay including Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute.

To learn more about the Meet Me Network visit the project site here.

Kuhkenah Network (K-Net)

K-Net is a managed network that provides broadband internet service for First Nations communities and organizations. It is an alternative to the public internet that is able to provide users with the bandwidth required to deliver a variety of applications (for example videoconferencing) between local service agencies and remote First Nations communities and organizations.

To learn more about the Kuhkenah Network visit http://www.knet.ca.

Internet Access On Campus

OSHKI provides students, faculty and staff access to the Internet through wireless and wired Internet connections.  Internet access on campus is made available throughout the campus using category 6 network cabling.  Internet connected desktop computers are available in the computer lab.

Network jacks are also available in classrooms which enables students and instructors to use their laptop computers to connect to the Internet using network cables. 

To request a network cable or get help with Internet connection problems contact the Help Desk.

Wireless Access On-Campus

Wireless access on-campus is available.  Wireless access is password protected.  Contact the help desk for assistance in setting up a connection.

Internet Access Off-Campus

There are several options for Internet access off-campus for OSHKI students who are visiting Thunder Bay:

  • Hotels.  Your student accommodation (i.e., hotel room) will generally have wireless Internet access available in the room.  Some hotels provide Internet access via network jacks in the room.  Network cables are generally made available for purchase at the front desk.  Some hotels also provide guest computers in the main lobby.
  • Thunder Bay Public Libraries.  You can block a time for a public access computer.
  • Confederation College.  Internet terminals are available throughout the campus.
  • Lakehead Social Planning Council (located in the Victoriaville Mall).  You can block a time for a public access computer.

Community-Based Internet Access

There are several options for community-based Internet access for OSHKI students who are studying from their home communities:

  • Community ISP.  Subscribe to the community network to receive home Internet access.
  • Workplace.  Use an Internet connected computer at work.
  • Learning Centre.  Visit the community learning centre (aka Wahsa) and ask about Internet access.
  • School.  Visit the community school and ask about Internet access.
  • e-Centre.  Visit the community e-centre and ask about Internet access.
  • Wireless.  Some communities provide wireless access hotspots such as the school.

To obtain technical support for community-based Internet access you must contact the community ISP (e.g., economic development corporation) or contact the K-Net Help Desk.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I cannot connect to the Internet.  I am using a network cable connection.
  2. I cannot connect to the Internet.  I am using a wireless connection.

I cannot connect to the Internet.  I am using a network cable connection.

  • If using a laptop, sometimes the network card is automatically turned off when using battery power.  Try using a laptop power adapter plugged into a power outlet to enable the network card.
  • Reseat (unplug-plug) the network cable at the back of the computer.
  • Reseat (unplug-plug) the network cable at the wall outlet.
  • Check the network cable for damage.

I cannot connect to the Internet.  I am using a wireless connection.

  • If using a laptop, sometimes the wireless network card is automatically turned off when using a laptop power adapter plugged into a power outlet.  Try using battery power to enable wireless.
  • To browse available wireless networks you will need to click-on the wireless network icon located in the task bar.
  • Some wireless networks are secured using WEP/WPA encryption.  You will need a security key or password to gain access to the wireless network.
  • The wireless signal is too weak to make a connection.  Try moving to another spot.