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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.

  1. Choose "Guest-Northwestern" in the list of available networks on your device.
  2. 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.


Bandwidth on this network is restricted to 10 Mbps.

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: 19 November 2019

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