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Wireless - Guest Network FAQ
This article explains answers to a set of frequently asked questions regarding the Guest Wireless Network.
The Guest Wireless Network (also known by Guest Network and GuestNet) allows campus guests and visitors access to the wireless network when on campus for web, email, and communications needs. It is one of several means by which guests may connect to campus. Please see Related Documents at the bottom of this page for other options.
The Guest Wireless Network is one of several means by which guests may access the campus network. It is the only one which can be sponsored directly by faculty and full-time staff. However, it does not offer access to campus resources. If a guest should be granted appropriate access to authorized campus systems, they will need alternatives that a departmental TAG must provide.
You'll need a faculty or staff sponsor who will send you your login information. If you've been sent your login information, you may simply associate your wireless device with the 'uchicago-guest' SSID and enter that. Click here for detailed instructions.
Current faculty and full-time staff are eligible to create Guest Wireless Network accounts. Sponsorship is not available at this time to students, medical center employees, or part-time staff of the university.
Up to three independent devices may simultaneously connect based on their MAC address. There is no fixed limit on the number of devices that can be used in rotation.
A device may stay connected to the network for up to 8 hours at time before the login session times out. After 8 hours, the guest will need re-enter the GuestNetID and password, provided by their sponsor.
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In general, any device that natively supports WiFi networking will work with the Guest Network. That includes laptop computers; Android, WindowsMobile, and Apple iPhones; and wireless tablets such as the iPad. However, IT Services does not officially support the Guest Network for use with versions of Apple OS X older than 10.9 and versions of Windows older than Windows 7 although the network may still work with those operating systems.
The UChicago Guest Network IP address range is independent of the standard campus network and therefore not published.
Go to Settings > Wi-Fi. Under "Choose a Network..." select uchicago-guest.
Android 2.1 or higher: Go to Settings > Wireless and Networks > WiFi Settings. If you haven't enabled WiFi before click the box to the right to show the checkmark. Select uchicago-guest. You should now see that you are connected. You should now attempt to browse the web, where you will be redirected to the UChicago Guest Wireless Network authentication page. Enter your GuestNetID and password, provided by your sponsor. You will not thereafter need to enter your GuestNetID or password, unless you disconnect from the network.