Networking, Which campus wireless network should I use?

There are several wireless networks on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This page will explain the differences between our various wireless networks.

In general, students, faculty, and staff should connect to IllinoisNet when on campus.


IllinoisNet is the primary wireless network on campus. It is a WPA2 secure wireless network that will allow you to access online campus resources. In most cases, once you properly configure your laptop, tablet, or phone to connect to IllinoisNet, you will be able to automatically connect to IllinoisNet anywhere on campus without having to log in again.

See: Networking, Wireless, What do I need to get connected to IllinoisNet?


IllinoisNet_Guest is a network that you can use to easily configure your laptop, tablet, or phone to connect to IllinoisNet. You only need to use IllinoisNet_Guest once. After successfully completing the configuration process, you will be able to connect immediately to IllinoisNet, and you will no longer have to use IllinoisNet_Guest. 

IllinoisNet_Guest can also be used by visitors to campus to gain limited, temporary access to our wireless network.

See: Networking, Wireless, What is IllinoisNet_Guest?

If you are trying to connect a game console (Xbox, Playstation, Wii), streaming device (Roku, Amazon Fire etc), or wearable networked devices to the campus network, then IllinoisNet_Guest is the wireless network for you. Simply register your device at and follow the instructions for getting connected.

See: Networking, Wireless, IllinoisNet_Guest, How to register your device for IllinoisNet_Guest


Eduroam is a wireless network found at educational institutions around the world. Students, faculty, and staff from the University of Illinois do not need to connect to eduroam while on the Urbana campus. However, if you are visiting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and you have an eduroam account, you can use your eduroam credentials to get connected here in Urbana. Similarly, if someone from the University of Illinois travels to another university with eduroam, they can use their Illinois credentials to log into that campus's eduroam network.

See: Networking, Wireless, Eduroam at the University of Illinois

Keywords:IllinoisNet, IllinoisNet_Guest, eduroam, WPA2, Guests, secure wireless network, isss, commonquestion, guest, WiFi   Doc ID:47722
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Created:2015-02-26 17:22 CSTUpdated:2018-11-19 10:43 CST
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