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Wireless Networks at UW

Information Technology provides wireless data network access( IEEE 802.11b/g) in most campus locations (see the Wireless Location Map for currently covered locations). IEEE 802.11a is also provided in areas with high usage or where there is interference in the 802.11b/g frequency range.

Access Methods

  • UWyo – recommended wireless network for UW students, faculty, and staff
  • UWresnet – recommended wireless network for users in UW residential areas
  • UWguest – recommended network for UW guests

Additional details:

UWyo and UWresnet utilize IEEE 802.1x and WPA. This means that the user’s authentication is very secure and all data that transits over the wireless network is encrypted. Users authenticate via their normal UW username and password. Once properly configured, users can access the wireless network automatically without having to enter a username or password – nor having to select any preferences. This is as convenient as plugging into a hard wired port. UWyo offers network services equivalent to wired ports on the UW data network. UWresnet offers network services equivalent to wired ports in the UW residential network.

Instructions for using UWyo and UWresnet.

UWguest is an open network. Users authenticate by entering their email address on a captive portal webpage. Once authenticated, users can access the public data network – but cannot access private UW resources that are behind the UW firewall, unless they subsequently create a VPN connection back into UW. Data is not encrypted unless users establish a VPN connection. For example, visiting Professors are encouraged to create a VPN session back to their home institution.

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