Wi-Fi Access for Visitors

Last updated: January 19, 2023
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.

If you are a UW faculty or staff member, you can assign temporary UW NetIDs to visitors for the purpose of accessing the UW’s Wi-Fi networks.

  • Temporary UW NetIDs are only for people who do not have permanent UW NetIDs and will only need access for a short period of time (up to 3 months).
  • For people who need longer-term access or access to UW NetID services other than Wi-Fi, you may sponsor the creation of a permanent personal UW NetID.
  • When you assign a temporary UW NetID to an individual or group, you are agreeing to inform those individuals about the ethical use of computers and networks.
  • Before you use this service, you should read and understand your support roles and responsibilities.

There are two types of temporary UW NetIDs you can assign:

  • Personal temporary UW NetID – A UW NetID that is assigned to a single person for wireless access. Examples: A visiting professor, a visiting vendor giving a demo, a person taking a class for two weeks.
  • Shared temporary UW NetID – A UW NetID that is assigned to a specific group of people for a short time. Examples: Wi-Fi access for conferences, a specific meeting scheduled for non-UW people requiring Wi-Fi access.

Eduroam access

Visitors who are affiliated with a participating Eduroam campus or institution can also access the UW Wi-Fi network through that service.