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Northwestern Expands Wireless Network to School and Department Devices – May 3

Posted Date: 26 Apr 2017

Date: 3 May 2017

Northwestern is expanding the use of the Device-Northwestern wireless network to include access for University school and departmental devices beginning May 3, 2017.

This network is intended for devices such as printers, game consoles, and Apple TVs, which cannot connect to the encrypted Northwestern wireless network.

By using this dedicated wireless network, schools and departments can also share a wireless device for use by everyone in a specific geographical location.

The Device-Northwestern network was initially offered as a dedicated network exclusively for student devices in residential campus housing. Northwestern Adds Dedicated Wireless Network for Student Devices.

More information about the Device-Northwestern network is available on the IT website. Device-Northwestern Network.

End User Impact

A device must first be registered. On or after May 3, go to and log in with your NetID and NetID password. You will need to know the wireless hardware address, or MAC address, for each device you register. How do I find the MAC address?

If the registered device is also a resource that will be used by everyone in a specific geographical location, a second registration form is needed to provide the device location and sharing permissions. Departmental Device Registration for Wireless form.

It is important to note that this network does not have the same level of security as the Northwestern wireless network or the eduroam wireless network  and should not be used to transmit or receive sensitive information.

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