Wireless Connection

Before you can connect to our campus networks, your device must meet certain requirements. Connections by devices which do not meet these requirements may be disabled. Usage of campus networks is subject to University Housing policies.

Networks overview

Technology Services at Illinois provides Internet connections for various purposes, each of which requires specific security protocols and configuration settings for an optimal experience. The following table outlines the various networks you may see in the residence halls. If you see any other networks in the residence halls besides these, please let us know by submitting a help request.

IllinoisNet

For those with NetIDs who want to connect their desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.

IllinoisNet_Guest

For those with NetIDs who want to connect their smart TV, streaming media device, or video game console and visitors without NetIDs who would like access to the internet.

eduroam For those with university emails from other universities in the United States or around the world.
Hsg-Service For special use by University Housing employees.

Connect to IllinoisNet

  1. Confirm that your Wi-Fi is turned on.
  2. Click on the wireless icon in your task bar or menu bar.
  3. Select IllinoisNet from the list of networks. If IllinoisNet does not appear on the list, IllinoisNet might not be available in your location.
  4. If you are prompted for a username and password, enter your NetID and Active Directory (AD) password, respectively.
  5. If you are asked to "Make sure IllinoisNet is expected in this location", click Connect. If you are prompted to select the network location, select "Public".
  6. Open an Internet browser and navigate to a web page such as housing.illinois.edu to confirm that your connection is working. You may need to completely quit the browser to do this.

Connect a Device

  1. Go to Wireless Guest and Device Management Portal.
  2. Login with your NetID and Active Directory password.
  3. Click "Add Device."
  4. Fill out the "Device Registration" form. (See picture below for example)
  5. Click "Create."
  6. Turn off your device for AT LEAST two minutes.
  7. Test the connection by using the device.

Note: If you want to cast from your phone/laptop/desktop to your streaming device (AppleTV, Chromcast, Amazon Fire etc.) you must enable "AirGroup" and add your NetID along with the NetIDs of any other person that you'd wish to be able to cast to your device separated by a comma.

Device Registration Example:

Create a Guest Account

  1. Go to Wireless Guest and Device Management Portal.
  2. Login with your NetID and Active Directory password.
  3. Click "Create Guest Account."
  4. Fill out the "Create New Guest Account" form with your guest's credentials.
  5. Write down the password given to you on the guest account form and click "Create."
  6. Use your new guest credentials to access the IllinoisNet_Guest network.
  7. Open an Internet browser and navigate to a web page such as housing.illinois.edu to confirm that your connection is working. You may need to completely quit the browser to do this.

On the Wireless Guest and Devices Management Portal you are also able to manage your guest accounts and your devices.

Staying safe

Get malware protection

Update software

Secure passwords

Connect safely

Identify scams

Common issues

Improve wireless connection

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