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eduroam Becomes Northwestern's Primary Wireless Network in 2022

Posted Date: 15 Dec 2020

Modified Date: 28 Jul 2021

Effective Date: 15 Dec 2020

Update - July 28, 2021: Based on feedback from the community and additional testing done over the summer, the date for the Northwestern SSID retirement has been extended to January 19, 2022. This extension allows users more time to migrate and avoids a change during the winter recess or the beginning of the Winter Quarter.


Northwestern IT is retiring the "Northwestern" wireless network to make "eduroam" the primary campus secure wireless network on January 19,2022. While both options are currently provided at the University, eduroam has the added benefit of a secure and seamless wireless connection when visiting any of the 10,000 eduroam-enabled institutions worldwide.

After this change, students, faculty, and staff who use the secure campus wireless network will be guaranteed to have the “eduroam” SSID (wireless network name) configured on their devices. It will also help prevent users from manually connecting to an unencrypted and less secure “Guest” wireless network when traveling. 

Additionally, retiring the "Northwestern" network will reduce a layer of service management and improve overall wireless network performance.

Impact on the University Community

In preparation for this change, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to choose “eduroam” when connecting to the University’s secure wireless network (enter your NetID@northwestern.edu as the username, and your NetID password as the password). Please visit the IT Knowledge Base for device-specific setup instructions.

“Northwestern” will no longer be a visible choice for connecting to the University’s wireless network and no longer an available connection beginning, January 19, 2022.

To learn more about the project, including project status and timeline, visit IT Project: Northwestern Wireless SSID Retirement. Back to top