Rehema Network FAQ


What is the Rehema network?

Rehema is the research network implemented several years ago to support equipment needed for engineering/physical science projects and/or academic research.  Rehema is a hidden SSID that is being broadcast in the science buildings (Breakiron, Dana, Olin, O’Leary, Rooke Chemistry, Biology, Academic East) that utilizes WPA2 with a shared passphrase, similar to a home wireless network.  

Should I use Rehema or bucknell_iot for my device?

Bucknell_iot was really implemented in order to allow student gaming devices, smart TVs, Amazon echo, etc access to the network. As such, we recommend using the purpose-built Rehema network for “iot-like” devices requiring network access for academic/research purposes.  This will exclude them from having to be registered before connecting and eliminates the possibility of having the device blocked by our network access control device if the system mis-categorizes it. So, for example, if you are a professor using a wireless sensor for research, that device should connect to Rehema.  If you also have an echo dot in the lab for news and weather reports, that should connect to IOT.

Where do I get the passphrase?

One of the members of the ECST team should be able to provide you with the passphrase.

What if I need to do research in a building where Rehema isn’t being broadcast?

Contact Library & IT, and we can discuss having the network broadcast in additional locations if necessary.  Since it’s not a public network, we would like to keep the radius as small as possible. 

What, if any, access or bandwidth restrictions does Rehema have? 

Similar to bucknell_iot, Rehema is blocked from accessing most on-campus resources.  Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis, please reach out to Library & IT or ECST with your needs and we will see what can be done to accommodate them.  There are currently no bandwidth restrictions on the Rehema network.




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