Choose the right wireless network

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Choose the right wireless network

Three different wireless networks are present throughout the UCCS campus, each providing a different level of service. The names of these three wireless networks are UCCS-Wireless, UCCS-Guest, and eduroam.

What network should I connect to?
I have a UCCS username & password because I am a UCCS student/faculty/staff/etc... I don't have a UCCS username & password and I'm not from an eduroam institute... I am visiting from an eduroam participating institute...
Connect to UCCS-Wireless Connect to UCCS-Guest Connect to eduroam

Click one of the wireless network names below for more details:
  • UCCS-Wireless

    UCCS-Wireless is the full-access secure network intended to be used by all students, faculty, and staff. This network uses WPA2 Enterprise encryption to ensure security. This network provides full access to the Internet. This network requires a username and password to join.

    At the time that you connect to this wireless network, you should be prompted for a username and password.  If you are a student, staff, or faculty member, this will be the same username and password that you use for everything else on campus such as accessing email or lab computers.

    If you are a guest, you will use the username and password you requested previously while first accessing the UCCS-Guest network. You can also request a guest username and password by calling or visiting the OIT Help Desk. Also note that the first time you connect to this network, you will be asked to trust our server's security certificate.

    For more help connecting to this wireless network, visit our UCCS-Wireless KB articles.

  • UCCS-Guest

    UCCS-Guest is an open (unsecure) network which does not require any username or password to join - similar to your experience at a place such as a coffee shop. This network does not provide full access - it offers basic web/internet access (for general web browsing), but no access to on-campus resources such as network drives. Should you need access to on-campus resources such as shared network drives, you will need to utilize the UCCS-Wireless network.

    If you would like to use our secure and encrypted wireless network, you can as a guest! See the "Create Guest Account" section below for instructions.

    Once you connect to the UCCS-Guest network, launch a web browser and you will be prompted with a Captive Portal were you can choose from several options. The options available are outlined below...

    • Single-click Access (unsecure) - This option is an easy way to quickly get internet access to resources on the world wide web for a single day. The Single Click Access is designed for temporary, day visitors to campus. Some ports are blocked for security reasons and data usage is capped. When you choose this option, you stay on the UCCS-Guest network, and no username or password is needed. This option provides basic internet access like at a coffee shop. Note that it is an open, unsecure network. If you would like to use a secure network, see the option below for requesting a Guest Account.
    • Create Guest Account (secure) - You can use this option to request a temporary username and password from OIT that can then be used to join the UCCS-Wireless network. These temporary accounts are active for a week from the point in time they are created, and can be used to log in to the UCCS-Wireless network (which is secure) in order to gain Internet access and access to on-campus resources. The username and password for these temporary accounts can be delivered to the guest either by email, or through a text message to their phone.  Additionally, guests accounts can be obtained by visiting the Office of Information Technology Help Desk. For hours and location see the Get Help page.
    • Social - This option is coming soon. Stay tuned!

      For more help connecting to the guest wireless network, visit our UCCS-Guest KB articles.
  • eduroam

    What is eduroam?
    eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam allows students, researchers, faculty and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campuses and when visiting other participating institutions. In other words, if you visit another participating campus, you would connect to the eduroam wireless network their and enter your UCCS username and password as your credentials in order to gain wireless internet access at that location.

    Our institution already has great wireless. Why do I need eduroam?
    eduroam is not a replacement to our guest network, it is a complement to make the guest network and our community compatible with other eduroam participants.

    Who can use the eduroam wireless network?
    Anyone from a participating institution. This facilitates productivity for visiting faculty, students, and employees while away from home, without any additional configuration to their computers or mobile devices.

    For more help connecting to the eduroam wireless network, please visit our eduroam KB article.

Flow diagram to help you choose the right wireless network:

Choose a wireless network