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Configuring for Wireless Networking

At the University of Washington, we provide 802.11n or 802.11ac connectivity at all locations with wireless coverage. Our wireless infrastructure is capable of both 2.4GHz and 5GHz connection options with 5GHz being the favored frequency.

What Hardware Do I Need to Use the UW Wireless Network?

To use UW wireless services you will need a device that supports both 2.4GHz and 5 GHz, and either the 802.11n or 802.11ac standard. The UW wireless network also supports 802.11 ‘a’ and ‘g’ however we do not recommend its use. We no longer support 802.11b devices.

It is also recommended that the device has Wi-Fi Alliance Certification to ensure its compatibility.

You will receive the best overall wireless service on campus by using wireless hardware that supports 802.11ac standards. All 802.11ac certified devices are dual-band capable, and allow usage of either 2.4GHz or 5GHz.

Connecting Your Device to the UW Wireless Network

You’re able to connect your device to the UW wireless network via the “eduroam” or “University of Washington” SSIDs.

It is recommended for all students, faculty and staff to use the eduroam network due to its extra security and mobility options.

You can learn more about both Wi-Fi services at the Using Wi-Fi at the UW page of IT Connect.

The following are recommended network settings for using the UW wireless services:

Setting Recommended Value
TCP/IP address Acquire address dynamically with DHCP
DNS Servers Dynamically acquire DNS server addresses. This will result in use of default DNS servers.



If you are still having problems configuring your wireless device to work on the UW wireless network, contact your device vendor or the UW-IT Service Center.