Guest Wireless Access at Northwestern

At a Glance

  • Eligibility: All
  • Cost: N/A
  • Request Service: Choose the "Guest-Northwestern" network, accept the University's Acceptable Use policy, and provide contact information and a sponsor for the University visit
  • Completion Target: Self-service
  • Service Owner: Northwestern IT
  • Support

While visiting Northwestern, campus guests can connect to the Guest-Northwestern wireless network. Guest wireless is a free service intended for use by visitors requiring short-term access to the wireless network to perform general Internet activities. It is an unsecured connection and should not be used to send or receive sensitive information.

Visitors from eduroam-enabled institutions should use the eduroam at Northwestern network.

Members of the Northwestern community who hold a Northwestern NetID should continue to use the "Northwestern" network.


Visitors to the University must register to access the Internet. You are asked to provide information at registration for the purpose of being able to contact you in the event of issues with your registered device. The University does not share your personal information with any other entities, and it will not be used for any other purpose.

  1. Choose "Guest-Northwestern" in the list of available networks on your device.
  2. Enter your contact information contact information and the name of the individual or organization sponsoring their University visit.
  3. Accept the University's acceptable use policy.


Access is granted for a seven-day period that begins at the time of registration. Guests may re-register as needed.

Visitors who plan to be at the University for an extended period, or who require access to University resources not available on the "Guest-Northwestern" wireless should contact the authorized administrator of their sponsoring department to request a Guest, Affiliate, or Departmental NetID.

Protocols and Ports

The following ports and protocols are allowed on the Guest-Northwestern wireless network. If your research or academic work as a visitor requires using other protocols, contact your sponsoring department to learn more about your options.





Internet Control Message Protocol

IP Protocol 1


Web browsing

TCP ports 80, 443


Email - Post Office Protocol

TCP ports 110, 995


Email - Internet Message Access Protocol

TCP ports 143, 993


Email - Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

TCP ports 25, 465, 587


Secure Shell

TCP ports 22


VPN - Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol

UDP port 1701


VPN - Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol

TCP port 1723 ; IP protocol 47


VPN - NAT Traversal

UDP port 4500


VPN - Internet Key Exchange

UDP/TCP port 500


VPN - Encapsulating Security Protocol

IP protocol 50

Additional Information

Support Contacts

Support Contact:

IT Support Center
Central service desk for students, faculty, and staff.
847-491-4357 (1-HELP)
Submit a Support Request