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Using Wi-Fi at the UW

As of 1st of February 2022, Connecting to eduroam via your UW NetID and password has been switched off and replaced with certificate-based authentication.

If you’re unsure if your device uses a UW NetID/password or a certificate, then we recommend you reconfigure it using our tool. Please visit our Eduroam Onboarding Guide for step-by-step instructions or click onboard.wifi.uw.edu to onboard right away.

The University of Washington wireless (Wi-Fi) service is designed as a primary access method to UW networks for students, faculty and staff. UW-IT provides Wi-Fi coverage inside most buildings as well as some outdoor areas on all three UW campuses, research areas at South Lake Union and UW Medicine hospitals and clinics.

Overview of UW wireless

UW Information Technology (UW-IT) offers three Wi-Fi networks for the UW community:

Eduroam

The eduroam network is an encrypted Wi-Fi network available at the UW, and it is the preferred Wi-Fi connection method for UW students, faculty and staff.

The eduroam network is a general-purpose Wi-Fi network using private IP address space and WPA2 Enterprise encryption. It is available at UW Campuses, UW Facilities, UW Medical Centers and other eduroam connected institutions around the world.

Users need to onboard their device to gain access to this Wi-Fi network. Onboarding information is available via the Eduroam page. UW-IT recommends connecting to the “eduroam” Wi-Fi network for the added security of encrypted data transmission and roaming.

  • Wi-Fi Network Information:
    • SSID: eduroam
    • Type: 802.1X EAP-TLS
    • Encryption: WPA2-Enterprise

UW MPSK

The UW MPSK network is an encrypted Wi-Fi network available at the UW, and it is the recommended Wi-Fi connection method for IoT, TVs and game consoles that require a Pre-Shared Key Wi-Fi network.

The UW MPSK network is a special use Wi-Fi network using private IP address space and WPA2 Personal encryption. It is only available at UW Campuses and UW Facilities.

Users need to register their device to gain access to this Wi-Fi network by visiting the Manual device registration page.

  • Wi-Fi Network Information:
    • SSID: UW MPSK
    • Type: Pre-Shared Key
    • Encryption: WPA2-Personal

University of Washington

The University of Washington network is an unencrypted Wi-Fi network available at the UW, and it is only recommended for devices that do not support eduroam or UW MPSK.

The University of Washington network is a general-purpose Wi-Fi network using private IP address space. It is only available at UW Campuses, UW Facilities and UW Medical Centers.

Users need to register their device to gain access to Internet resources outside the University of Washington network. A login page is presented via a Captive Portal in the user’s browser when the device first connects to this Wi-Fi network.

  • Wi-Fi Network Information:
    • SSID: University of Washington
    • Type: Open System Authentication
    • Encryption: None

Connecting to UW Wi-Fi

The UW’s Wi-Fi networks are eduroam, UW MPSK and University of Washington.

Connecting to eduroam

The eduroam network is an encrypted Wi-Fi service that is recommended for most UW students, faculty and staff.

The easiest way to configure your Wi-Fi device to access eduroam is to use our eduroam onboarding application. The eduroam onboarding application leverages technology from SecureW2 that supports most common devices and will help ensure that your device is properly and securely configured for eduroam.

Once this process has been completed, you will be able to access eduroam on campus, UW Medicine locations and around the world at any institution that supports eduroam.

Connecting to UW MPSK

The UW MPSK network is an encrypted Wi-Fi service that is recommended for devices such as IoT, TV’s, and game consoles.

To connect, register your device by visiting the Manual device registration page. 

Once successfully registered, a unique password will be generated for the device to use with the UW MPSK network. Your device’s unique MAC address is associated with the password generated and cannot be used with another device.

Future access to UW MPSK will automatically connect as long as the network is in range.

Connecting to University of Washington

The University of Washington network is an unencrypted Wi-Fi service that is recommended for devices that do not support eduroam or UW MPSK networks.

To connect, select the University of Washington Wi-Fi network on your device.

If this is the first time your device is connecting, or it hasn’t connected to the University of Washington Wi-Fi network in some time, you will be prompted to enter your UW NetID and password. Once authentication is successful, the device will be registered and allowed access to the Internet.

If the UW NetID login page does not display, open a web browser and go to a basic, un-encrypted website such as example.com. This should redirect you to the UW NetID login page.

No login is required to use the wireless network to access services that reside inside the UW network.

If your wireless device does not have a Web browser (e.g., some phones, printers, etc.), consider using the UW MPSK Wi-Fi network or our Manual device registration page.

For access to the Internet at our UW Medicine hospitals and clinics, visitors not associated with UW may connect to the Patients and Visitors Wi-Fi network.

Wi-Fi locations

Indoor Wi-Fi

Most UW Campus buildings offer indoor Wi-Fi connectivity for eduroam, UW MPSK and University of Washington Wi-Fi networks.

Most UW Medical buildings offer indoor Wi-Fi connectivity for eduroam and University of Washington Wi-Fi networks.

Outdoor Wi-Fi

Outdoor Wi-Fi service is available in a number of locations across the UW Campuses.

The maps below are interactive and show current UW Wi-Fi zones which are highlighted in purple. Planned UW Wi-Fi zones are highlighted in grey.

Seattle Campus

Tacoma Campus

Bothell Campus

Visitors and Visitor Access from other eduroam institutions

Visitors from participating eduroam institutions can use the UW eduroam service to access the UW’s Wi-Fi network with no additional configuration required.

For other visitors, UW staff or faculty members may sponsor a temporary UW NetID for visitor Wi-Fi access. Please review the Temporary UW NetID Support Roles and Responsibilities information before creating a temporary UW NetID.

Temporary UW NetIDs are only valid on the UW Wi-Fi networks.

Policy

The UW Information Technology (UW-IT) organization manages all Wi-Fi on UW campuses, UW Medicine, and several remote locations. Do-it-yourself wireless networking is not allowed without express written authorization from UW-IT. Request for non-UW managed Wi-Fi may be submitted via email to help@uw.edu.

Last reviewed February 8, 2022