Information technology tools and resources at the UW
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 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 unencrypted 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 also available in selected areas of the UW Seattle campus, and several areas around the UW Medical locations and UW South Lake Union sites. Outdoor Wi-Fi service on the Seattle campus is being expanded through the 2020 timeframe.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
These temporary UW NetID’s are only valid on the UW Wi-Fi networks.
How do I connect to the UW wireless network?
The UW’s Wi-Fi networks are “eduroam” and “University of Washington”.
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.
To connect simply select the University of Washington SSID on your device.
If this is the first time your device is connecting to the University of Washington SSID you may be prompted to enter your UW NetID and password. Once successfully authenticated, the device will automatically be registered with the UW network and provides access to the internet. Future access to the University of Washington will automatically connect and authenticate as long as the device has recently been on the network.
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 redirect you to the UW NetID login page.
No login is required to use the wireless network to access services that reside on the UW network.
If your wireless device does not have a Web browser (e.g., some phones, printers, etc.), please see our Manual device registration page.