While visiting Northwestern, campus guests can connect to the Guest-Northwestern wireless network from most wireless access points.* Look for the NUIT Wireless Access signage indicating wireless locations on Chicago and Evanston campuses.
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.
Members of the Northwestern community who hold a Northwestern NetID should continue to use the "Northwestern" network.
*NUIT is scheduled to complete an upgrade to wireless access points for improved wireless access on the Evanston and Chicago campuses by the end of 2013.
Guest Wireless Benefits and Features
- Seven-day renewable access window
- 1 Mbps upload/download bandwidth per registered device
- Widely available across Evanston and Chicago campuses
- Grants general Web browsing and e-mail access
Guest Wireless Registration
When a guest arrives on campus and attempts to access the Internet using a computer or other mobile device, they should choose the "Guest-Northwestern" in the list of networks presented. During registration, guests are required to accept the University's acceptable use policy and provide their contact information and the name of the individual or organization sponsoring their University visit.
The network supports MS Windows, Mac OS X, iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch), and Android devices among others.
Access is granted for a seven-day period that begins at the time of registration. Guests may re-register after each 7 day period, 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.
It has been reported that some Android devices need to be powered off and turned back on after the registration process is complete. Similarly, some Android phones may require disabling of the Wi-Fi function on their device followed by re-enabling to connect to the Guest-Northwestern wireless network.
Users with hard-coded DNS servers will be unable to access the registation page.
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Last Updated: 13 February 2013