Guest Wireless Access

Describes changes made to guest wireless access in buildings with upgraded wireless.

Important changes to UW wireless


The UW’s wireless infrastructure is undergoing an upgrade.  Buildings are upgraded one-at-a-time and will all be upgraded by the end of May 2013.  Upgraded areas broadcast the SSID 'UWNet'.  Legacy wireless broadcasts the SSID 'UWNet-buildingname'. The changes described in this announcement only apply to the upgraded 'UWNet'. 

Starting August 12, 2012, you’ll notice some positive changes to the new wireless system.  The big news is you will only need to login once per semester, per device! 

Additionally, DoIT will move its guest wireless pilot into production for all of campus. The functionality is similar to WiFi access at a coffee shop in that university guests can enter their email address to self-authenticate to the network. The pilot, in the two unions, some libraries and other campus buildings, enabled DoIT to assess the viability of the system from a security perspective.

When connecting to UWNet, you’ll have two options: NetID Authentication or Guest Authentication. For security purposes, all individuals with a NetID should choose “NetID Authentication”. Even better, select UWNet and authenticate with VPN.  Guests will continue to provide their email address, enabling network access for one day.


'UWNet' = new wireless infrastructure.

'UWNet-buildingname' = legacy wireless / changes described above do not apply.

'UWNet-Guest' = will no longer be broadcast after August 12th.


Keywords:guest wireless access uwnet   Doc ID:26470
Owner:Sandee S.Group:Network Services
Created:2012-09-17 09:16 CSTUpdated:2012-09-17 09:16 CST
Sites:DoIT Staff, Network Services
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