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Using the Wireless Network

This article explains how Faculty, Students, and Staff access the UChicago secure wireless network. Guests may also use the wireless network. Please see Eduroam and Guest Network Related Documents at the bottom of this article.

In December 2010, IT Services introduced a new secure wireless network, uchicago-secure. The uchicago-secure wireless network uses 802.1X standards, which offers several key advantages:

  • You're prompted for your CNet credentials less often, because most devices supplys user credentials when necessary without prompting the user.
  • 802.1X provides a higher level of security because wireless traffic is encrypted and private IP addresses are assigned to each device using it.

Getting Started

To automatically configure your device to use our new 802.1X authentication protocol, visit

You can use the configuration wizard on a wide variety of devices, including Windows and Macintosh computers, smart phones such as Google Android (2.1 or later only) and iPhone, and portable devices such the iPad. For a full list of supported operating systems and wireless cards, or for configuration instructions, see our Computer Requirements. Please note that you'll need administrator privileges on your computer to use the configuration wizard.

By using the wizard instead of manual configuration, you can greatly lower the chance of mistakes that would prevent you from accessing the wireless network. If you prefer to configure your client manually, use our step-by-step instructions.

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Keywords:networking connect connectivity wifi "connection problems"   Doc ID:19490
Owner:Mike R.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2011-08-02 18:00 CSTUpdated:2016-08-12 09:21 CST
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