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Guest NetID for Internet and VPN access - Service Description

This document gives an overview of Guest NetIDs.


Guest NetIDs are used to provide wireless Internet and VPN access for individuals who are guests of the UW Madison Campus. It can also be used guest Internet access on hard-wired data jacks behind the captivator. (Please talk to your local IT person for more information on this aspect of the service.)

For Guests

The Guest NetID service is intended for people who are guests of campus, such as conference attendees and visiting professors who are not enrolling as professors or students at the University. Guest NetIDs can only access Wireless UWNet and WiscVPN dynamic profiles. A Guest NetID does not grant access to the portal, calendar, email, or other NetID accessible utilities. It will last for a maximum of 31 days and is not renewable.

If you are visiting campus and would like a Guest NetID, talk to the department or coordinator responsible for your stay.

For Departments

Guest NetIDs can be issued by employees of UW-Madison only. Employees with affiliated organizations (e.g. UW Hospitals, Wisconsin Alumni Association, etc) must also have a valid appointment with UW-Madison in order to be able to create Guest NetIDs. The employee must put an expiration date on the Guest NetID when creating it. Once the account expires, it cannot be re-issued. If a guest needs to have their access extended, their host can create a new Guest NetID. There is no charge for this service.

Visit to access to the Guest NetID service. You will need to login with your NetID and password.

Support Conditions

Anyone with a valid Guest NetID is eligible to receive support. This support extends only to troubleshooting and resolving problems with the Guest NetID itself.

The Help Desk cannot create Guest NetIDs. Guest NetIDs must be created by the individual or department sponsoring the guest.

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Keywords:guest netid account activation overview information general activate product net id wireless handling service description uwnet wireless VPN   Doc ID:3455
Owner:Help Desk KB Team .Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2005-02-01 18:00 CSTUpdated:2020-07-02 11:53 CST
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