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Using Wi-Fi at the UW
Overview of UW wireless
The University of Washington wireless (Wi-Fi) service is designed as a primary access network for UW students, faculty and staff. This network provides Wi-Fi coverage inside most buildings as well as some outdoor areas of all three UW campuses, research areas at South Lake Union, as well as UW Medicine hospitals and clinics.
UW Information Technology (UW-IT) offers two Wi-Fi services for the UW community:
- “eduroam” – is an encrypted general-purpose Wi-Fi network, using private IP address space, and AES encryption cyphers providing a greater level of security for over-the-air wireless transmissions. “eduroam” also allows users instant access to other eduroam connected institutions around the world.
- “University of Washington” – is an open general-purpose Wi-Fi network. Users have to register their device to gain access to internet resources outside the University of Washington.
See below on this page for basic instructions on how to connect to UW networks with wireless (Wi-Fi).
UW-IT recommends connecting to the “eduroam” Wi-Fi network for the added security of encrypted data transmission. The “University of Washington” network is also available for devices and applications that aren’t supported on eduroam service.
For access to the internet at our UW Medicine hospitals and clinics, visitors not associated with UW may connect to the “Patients and visitors” network.
Most buildings offer indoor Wi-Fi connectivity for both “eduroam” and “University of Washington” networks. Outdoor Wi-Fi service is available in most areas at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma Campuses. Outdoor Wi-Fi is available in selected areas of the UW Seattle campus, and several areas around the Medical and South Lake Union Clinic sites. Outdoor Wi-Fi service is being expanded through the 2020 timeframe to cover all of our Outdoor areas.
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 organization.
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 NetIDs for visitor Wi-Fi access. Please review the Temporary UW NetID Support Roles and Responsibilities information before creating a temporary UW NetID.
How do I connect to the UW wireless network?
The UW’s Wi-Fi networks are “eduroam” and “University of Washington”.
Connecting to eduroam
Eduroam 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 installer application. The eduroam installer 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 University of Washington
No login is required to use UW’s “University of Washington” wireless network. Service unless you want to connect to services or sites on the Internet.
Simply open your available Wi-Fi networks interface and select the University of Washington SSID. Devices can automatically connect to the University of Washington service; are automatically provided with an IPv4 address and the mac address of their device is registered into the database. You are then granted access to internal UW resources.
However; the first time a user on the University of Washington SSID opens a web browser to an external internet site, the user is prompted to login into the network with their UW NetID and password. This process also registers the MAC address of their device into the database and provides access to the internet.
Devices that do not have web browsers will need to be manually registered. Registration link (here).
Most computers and smart devices do not require special configuration to connect the University of Washington service.
- If you use your browser to connect to a non-UW website, you automatically will be prompted to enter your UW NetID and password.
- If the UW NetID page does not display, open a web browser and go to a basic, unencrypted web site such as Seattletimes.com. This should bring the UW NetID login page.
If your wireless device does not have a Web browser (e.g., some phones, printers, etc. do not), please see our Manual registration page.