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Guest Wireless Access at Northwestern

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.

Service Protocol Port
ICMP Internet Control Message Protocol IP Protocol 1
HTTP/HTTPS Web browsing TCP ports 80, 443
POP Email - Post Office Protocol TCP ports 110, 995
IMAP Email - Internet Message Access Protocol TTCP ports 143, 993
SMTP Email - Simple Mail Transfer Protocol TCP ports 25, 465, 587
SSH Secure Shell TCP ports 22
L2TP VPN - Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol UDP port 1701
PPTP VPN - Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol TCP port 1723 ; IP protocol 47
NAT-T VPN - NAT Traversal UDP port 4500
IKE VPN - Internet Key Exchange UDP/TCP port 500
ESP VPN - Encapsulating Security Protocol IP protocol 50

Last Updated: 1 September 2017

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