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Using Wi-Fi at the UW

Due to changes to the eduroam Wi-Fi service as of 05/01/20, users are required to re-onboard their devices. 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 network for students, faculty and staff, providing Wi-Fi coverage inside most buildings as well as some outdoor areas on all three UW campuses, research areas at South Lake Union, as well as UW Medicine hospitals and clinics.

Overview of UW wireless

UW Information Technology (UW-IT) offers two Wi-Fi services for the UW community:

Eduroam

The “eduroam” network is an encrypted Wi-Fi network available at the UW, and the preferred Wi-Fi connection method for UW students, faculty and staff. Eduroam is a general-purpose Wi-Fi network, using private IP address space, and WPA2 Enterprise encryption. Eduroam allows users instant access to other eduroam connected institutions around the world. Users have 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.

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

University of Washington

The “University of Washington” network is an unencrypted general-purpose Wi-Fi network, using private IP address space, and is only available at UW campuses and facilities.  Users have to register their device to gain access to Internet resources outside the University of Washington network. A device registration and login page is presented to the users when a device first connects to this Wi-Fi Network.

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

Connecting to UW Wi-Fi

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 eduroaminstaller 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

To connect, 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, un-encrypted web site 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.), please see 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” network.

Wi-Fi locations

Most UW buildings offer indoor Wi-Fi connectivity for both “eduroam and “University of Washingtonnetworks.

Outdoor Wi-Fi service is available in most areas at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma campuses. Outdoor Wi-Fi is also available in select areas of the UW Seattle campus, and several areas around UW Medicine and UW South Lake Union sites.

Outdoor Wi-Fi service on the UW Seattle campus is being expanded through the 2020/21 time-frame.

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 NetID’s 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 April 2, 2020