Wireless

Wireless Coverage

Most buildings at OSU locations have wireless coverage. Outside areas are not necessarily covered for wireless.  Please note that some areas have better signal strength than others, and some areas are more congested than others. If you are having trouble with wireless coverage or performance, please contact the OSU Computer Helpdesk.

OSU Students and Employees

Most buildings now have wireless network access. 

You will need your ONID credentials to login to the wireless network or to register your computer.

Visitors and Conference Guests

Visitors and Conference attendees should use the "Visitor" SSID for wireless Internet access.

If your institution participates in eduRoam, you can connect to the "eduRoam" SSID and login with your home credentials.

Department laptops

Department laptops can be registered in Cyder by the Departmental Computing Administrator (DCA?) and they will automatically have access to the OSU Wireless Network.

Available Wireless Networks

Anyone who has a valid ONID account will have access to OSU wireless. For more information about who has access to the network, see our Getting Connected page.

There are four options available when connecting to the wireless network at OSU:

OSU_Secure is an encrypted connection and is more secure. OSU_Access is an unsecured connection providing the same resources. Visitor is a network designed for users only on campus for a day or short time period. Eduroam is a network for users from other participating universities to connect to with their university credentials; it can also be used by OSU students and employees who travel to other institutions.  

Eduroam Wireless

Eduroam (education roaming) is the secure worldwide federated network access service developed for the international research and education community. Eduroam provides per-user, per-session encrypted network access for visitors from participating institutions, without the need to gain guest credentials on arrival to an eduroam enabled location. Also study abroad students can join thousands of eduroam hotspots without any hassle or any data roaming charges.


Is my university part of eduroam?

The eduroam website lists the universities that participate in the eduroam federation.


How the OSU community can use eduroam

It is strongly recommended that you configure and test your device on the eduroam network at Oregon State University before you travel to another eduroam supported university. You can use your OSU credentials (as shown below) to establish a wireless connection.

Enter your credentials in the following format:

  • Username:  ONIDusername@oregonstate.edu
  • Password:  ONID password

How visitors login to eduroam at OSU

Persons from participating eduroam institutions may establish a wireless connection at OSU using their own university’s eduroam credentials. We highly recommend that before coming to Oregon State University that you test your settings at your campus. 

Eduroam will be visible to network devices anywhere that the OSU’s main wireless networks are available. The eduroam connection uses the same WPA2 encryption used by OSU_Secure, with a 48-bit initialization vector and a 128-bit encryption key.


Connecting your device to eduroam

Directions are provided by clicking your OS below.

Windows XP▸


Important End-of-Life Notice Regarding Windows XP

Microsoft will stop support and security patching for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The international security community believes that Windows XP computers will be heavily targeted by organized crime and hackers as soon as Microsoft ends support. We strongly recommend that you migrate to a supported Windows platform, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8, before the end of March 2014.

Below are the steps to connect to eduroam with Windows XP. Please follow all directions closely for proper setup.

You may be prompted to accept a certificate after connecting; please go ahead and accept the warning.  If you are unable to connect and do not receive a certificate prompt. You will need to run the script below to put the correct certificate on your computer. You may download it below.

Download File: XP Certificate Script (xp_eduroam_auth.zip)

Instructions: 

1. Download the zip file

2. Extract it to your desktop

3. Run install-certs.bat (You will need admin rights on your computer)

4. Then follow the steps below to setup your connection.

If you are unable to connect after doing this please contact the OSU Computer Helpdesk.

Step 1 

Click Start, then click Run. A run box will open. When it does, type "ncpa.cpl" and click OK.

Step 2 

The network connections box will open. Once it does, right-click on your Wireless Network Connection entry, and click Properties.

Step 3 

A connection properties window should open. When it does, click the Wireless Networks tab at the top.

Note: You should see a list of wireless networks. If eduroam is already listed, highlight it and click the Remove button to clear out all old settings.

Click the Add button.

 

Step 4 

This will open a new connection box. Type in "eduroam" for the name, then select WPA2 for network authentication, and select AES for data encryption.

Click the Authentication tab at the top.

Step 5 

Select Protected EAP (PEAP) for the EPA Type.

Click the Properties button.

 

Step 6 

This will open a separate properties box. Un-check the Validate Server Certificate box, then click the Configure button at the bottom.

Step 7 

Another box will open. Un-check the Automatically use my Windows logon name and password box, and click OK.

 

Step 8

Click OK three times to close all the open settings boxes.

You should be back to the Network Connections page. Right-click on the Wireless Network Connection entry and click View Available Wireless Networks.

Step 9 

Windows should automatically connect to eduroam at this point. If it doesn't, just double-click on the eduroam entry to connect.

Windows will begin connecting. At some point, a popup window will appear asking for credentials. Click on this popup window to open the credentials page.

Step 10 

Before September 12, 2015 enter your ONIDusername@oregonstate.edu in the user name box, your ONID password in the password box, and leave the Logon domain box blank.

Click OK, and it will connect you to eduroam.


Windows Vista, 7, 8/8.1▸

 Automatic Vista, 7


To connect to the eduroam network:

    1. Click on your wireless network icon in your taskbar.
    2. Click on the eduroam network in the list, and click the Connect button.
    3. A window should pop up asking for a username and password.

A box should pop up asking for network authentication credentials. Enter your ONIDusername@oregonstate.edu in the top box, then your ONID password in the bottom box and click OK.

For the Username the "@Oregonstate.edu" is required.

 

If this is your first time connecting to the eduroam network, you may be presented with a certificate warning. Please go ahead and select the Connect option

Note
: If you are unable to connect automatically, try the manual steps below.


 


 Automatic 8/8.1


To connect to the eduroam network:

  1.  
    1. Click on your wireless network icon in your taskbar.
    2. Click on the eduroam network in the list, and click the Connect button.

A box should pop up asking for network authentication credentials.

Enter your ONIDusername@oregonstate.edu in the

top field, then your ONID password in the bottom field and click OK.

For the Username the "@oregonstate.edu" is required.

Click Connect to finish connecting to the network.  

 


 Manual Vista, 7, 8/8.1


Below are the manual steps to connect to eduroam with Windows Vista, 7, and 8/8.1. Please follow all directions closely for proper setup.

All of the images below can be clicked on if you need a larger view.

Step 1

For Windows Vista & Windows 7:  

Click Start, then click Control Panel. Once the Control Panel opens, click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center, then on the left-hand side, click Manage Wireless Networks.

A list of your saved wireless networks (if any) should open up.

 

For Windows 8/8.1:

Right click the wireless icon on the taskbar in desktop mode.  Click Network and Sharing Center.  Under Change your network settings, click Set up a new connection or network. A new window should open.  Click Manually connect to a wireless network, then click Next.  Skip to Step 4.

Step 2Wireless Connection Properties Menu

Click the Add button on this page.

Note: If eduroam is already listed here (if you tried to add it already), delete it from the list before continuing to clear out any old settings.

Step 3Wireless Networks List

A separate window should open. When it does, select Manually Create a Network Profile.

Step 4Association Screen

This will open a new connection box. Type in the following information:

  • Network Name: eduroam
  • Security Type: WPA2_Enterprise
  • Encryption Type: AES

Leave everything else the way it is. Once finished, it should look like the screenshot to the right (click on it for a larger view). Click the Next button when you are done.

Step 5Success Added

A window should appear saying that you Successfully added eduroam. Click the Change Connection Settings option, and a new settings window should open.

Step 6PEAP Properties

Click on the Security tab at the top, and verify that Security type is still WPA2-Enterprise, Encryption Type is still AES, and theNetwork Authentication Method is set to Microsoft: Protected EAP (PEAP).

Click on the Settings button next to the drop-down menu.

Step 7PEAP Settings

Un-check the box next to Validate Server Certificate.

Make sure that the Secure Authentication Method is set to Secure Password (EAP-MSCHAP v2), and then click the Configure button next to it.

Step 8Auto Login Settings

Un-check the box next to Automatically use my Windows logon name and password.

Click OK two times to close the open settings windows.

Step 9

Click the Advanced settings button advanced settings

Step 10Authentication mode

Check the box next to Specify authentication mode.  Change the dropdown to User authentication and click Save credentials.

Step 11ONID Login

A box should pop up asking for network authentication credentials.

Enter you ONIDusername@oregonstate.edu in the top box, then your ONID password in the bottom box and click OK.

For unified employee accounts use ONIDusername@oregonstate.edu

For employees who are not yet unified, use ONIDusername@onid.oregonstate.edu

For the Username the "@onid.oregonstate.edu" or "@oregonstate.edu is required. 

Click OK three times to close the setup window.

Step 12Connect to Secure Network

You should be looking at the Successfully added eduroam window again. Click Close to close this window.

Click on the wireless icon in the lower right-hand corner of your taskbar, select the eduroam network from the list, and click Connect.

Step 11

If it asks you to set a location for eduroam, choose Public Network.

You should now be connected to the eduroam network!


Mac OS X 10.7-10.10▸

 Automatic Setup▸


Step 1Wireless Connection Properties Menu

Click the wireless icon in the upper-right hand corner and select eduroam from the list.

Step 2Wireless Authentication Request

A window will open asking for a username/password. ONIDUsername@oregonstate.edu in the User Name box, and your ONID Password in the Password Box.

Click Join

You may be asked to enter your credentials again.  Enter the exact same as entered here and click OK.

Step 3Association Screen

Your computer will then attempt to connect to eduroam.

If you get a popup similar to the one on the right asking to verify a certificate, click Continue.

 

 


 Manual Setup▸


Step 1

Select the Apple from the top left corner.  Select System Preferences

Step 2

Select Network from the menu. 

 

Step 3

Select Advanced.  

 

Step 4

Select the Add(+) button to add a network.  

 

Step 5

Enter ONIDUsername@oregonstate.edu in the User Name box, and your ONID Password in the Password Box.

 

Android▸


For users trying to connect to eduroam on OSU campus, please follow the instructions below.  

Your Android device may differ from the device used in this instruction set, but the steps should be similar.  

These are the general settings that a mobile device will have to have in order to connect to eduroam:

SSID: eduroam

Security: WPA2 Enterprise (Or 802.1x EAP)

EAP Method: PEAP (PEAPv0 / EAP-MSCHAPv2)

Key Type: AES (or automatic)

Phase2 Type: MSCHAPv2

Username/Identity: ONID username@oregonstate.edu

Password: ONID Password

 


 

Step 1: 

Open Settings.

 

Step 2:

Go to Wifi

 

Step 3:

Enter wireless configuration


iPad/iPhone▸


Below are the directions for connecting your Apple mobile device to the eduroam network on the OSU campus.

 

Step 1

Tap the the Settings on your iPad/iPod home screen.

Home screen selecting setttings 

Step 2 

Select the Wi-Fi menu option.

Select the eduroam network from the options that appear on your screen.

 

Step 3

You should now be asked to put in your username and password.

For your username you will need to put in your ONIDusername@oregonstate.edu. 

For your password you will need to use your ONID password.

 

Step 4

You may be presented with a certificate warning please go ahead and accept the warning, so that you can can connect to eduroam. 

If you are unsure or want to double check the validity of the certificate, please feel free to contact the OSU Helpdesk.

You should now see a check mark next to eduroam in the wifi network list, and your wireless signal strength in the top left corner of the screen.  

 

OSU Secure

What is OSU_Secure?

OSU_Secure is an option for Students and Employees on campus who require data encryption while accessing the internet. It is generally recommended to use OSU_Secure over OSU_Access whenever possible

Accessing OSU_Secure

You can either connect automatically or manually to the OSU_Secure. Connecting automatically should prompt for your onid username and password. If it doesn't, use the general settings for the OSU_Secure network to set it up manually:

  • SSID: OSU_Secure
  • Security: WPA2 Enterprise
  • EAP Method: PEAP (PEAPv0/EAP-MSCHAPv2)
  • Key Type: AES (or automatic)
  • Phase2 Type: MSCHAPv2
  • Username: ONID Username
  • Password: ONID Password

More detailed instructions with pictures are available by clicking on your device below!

Windows XP▸


Important End-of-Life Notice Regarding Windows XP

Microsoft will stop support and security patching for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The international security community believes that Windows XP computers will be heavily targeted by organized crime and hackers as soon as Microsoft ends support. We strongly recommend that you migrate to a supported Windows platform, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8, before the end of March 2014.

Below are the steps to connect to OSU_Secure with Windows XP. Please follow all directions closely for proper setup.

All of the images below can be clicked on if you need a larger view.

Step 1Run Dialog

Click Start, then click Run. A run box will open. When it does, type "ncpa.cpl" and click OK.

Step 2Wireless Connection Properties Menu

The network connections box will open. Once it does, right-click on your Wireless Network Connection entry, and click Properties.

Step 3Wireless Networks List

A connection properties window should open. When it does, click the Wireless Networks tab at the top.

Note: You should see a list of wireless networks. If OSU_Secure is already listed, highlight it and click the Remove button to clear out all old settings.

Click the Add button.

 

Step 4Association Screen

This will open a new connection box. Type in "OSU_Secure" for the name, then select WPA2 for network authentication, and select AES for data encryption.

Click the Authentication tab at the top.

Step 5Authentication Tab

Select Protected EAP (PEAP) for the EPA Type.

Click the Properties button.

 

Step 6PEAP Properties

This will open a separate properties box. Un-check the Validate Server Certificate box, then click the Configure button at the bottom.

Step 7Auto Logon

Another box will open. Un-check the Automatically use my Windows logon name and password box, and click OK.

 

Step 8

Click OK three times to close all the open settings boxes.

You should be back to the Network Connections page. Right-click on the Wireless Network Connection entry and click View Available Wireless Networks.

Step 9Popup

Windows should automatically connect to OSU_Secure at this point. If it doesn't, just double-click on the OSU_Secure entry to connect.

Windows will begin connecting. At some point, a popup window will appear asking for credentials. Click on this popup window to open the credentials page.

Step 10Credential Page

Enter your ONID username in the user name box, your ONID password in the password box, and then type "ONID" in the Logon domain box.

Click OK, and it will connect you to OSU_Secure.


Windows Vista, 7▸


Connect Automatically

To connect to the OSU_Secure network:

  1. Click on your wireless network icon in your taskbar.
  2. Click on the OSU_Secure network in the list, and click the Connect button.
  3. A window should pop up asking for a username and password. Enter your ONID Username and ONID Password, and hit enter. Your computer should then connect to OSU_Secure.

Note: If you are unable to connect automatically, try the manual steps below:


 

Connect Manually

Below are the manual steps to connect to OSU_Secure with Windows Vista/7. Please follow all directions closely for proper setup.

All of the images below can be clicked on if you need a larger view.

Step 1

Click Start, then click Control Panel. Once the Control Panel opens, click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center, then on the left-hand side, click Manage Wireless Networks.

A list of your saved wireless networks (if any) should open up.

Step 2Wireless Connection Properties Menu

Click the Add button on this page.

Note: If OSU_Secure is already listed here (if you tried to add it already), delete it from the list before continuing to clear out any old settings.

Step 3Wireless Networks List

A separate window should open. When it does, select Manually Create a Network Profile.

Step 4Association Screen

This will open a new connection box. Type in the following information:

  • Network Name: OSU_Secure
  • Security Type: WPA2_Enterprise
  • Encryption Type: AES

Leave everything else the way it is. Once finished, it should look like the screenshot to the left (click on it for a larger view). Click the Next button when you are done.

Step 5Success Added

A window should appear saying that you Successfully added OSU_Secure. Click the Change Connection Settings option, and a new settings window should open.

Step 6PEAP Properties

Click on the Security tab at the top, and verify that Security type is still WPA2-Enterprise, Encryption Type is still AES, and the Network Authentication Method is set to Microsoft: Protected EAP (PEAP).

Click on the Settings button next to the drop-down menu.

Step 7PEAP Settings

Un-check the box next to Validate Server Certificate.

Make sure that the Secure Authentication Method is set to Secure Password (EAP-MSCHAP v2), and then click the Configure button next to it.

Step 8Auto Login Settings

Un-check the box next to Automatically use my Windows logon name and password.

Click OK three times to close the open settings windows.

Step 9Connect to Secure Network

You should be looking at the Successfully added OSU_Secure window again. Click Close to close this window.

Click on the wireless icon in the lower left-hand corner of your dock, select the OSU_Secure network from the list, and click Connect.

Step 10ONID Login

A box should pop up asking for network authentication credentials. Enter your ONID username in the top box, then your ONID password in the bottom box and click OK.

Step 11

If it asks you to set a location for Secure, choose Public Network.

You should now be connected to the OSU_Secure network!


Windows 8/8.1▸


Connect Automatically

To connect to the OSU_Secure network:

  1. Click on your wireless network icon in your taskbar.
  2. Click on the OSU_Secure network in the list, and click the Connect button.
  3. A window should pop up asking for a username and password. Enter your ONID Username and ONID Password, and hit enter. Your computer should then connect to OSU_Secure.

Note: If you are unable to connect automatically, try the manual steps below:


 

Connect Manually

Below are the manual steps to connect to OSU_Secure with Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10. Please follow all directions closely for proper setup.

All of the images below can be clicked on if you need a larger view.

Step 1

Right click on your wirless icon in the taskbar, then click Open Network and Sharing Center.


A list of your saved wireless networks (if any) should open up.

Step 2Wireless Connection Properties Menu

Click the Set up a new connection or network button on this page.

Note: If OSU_Secure is already listed here (if you tried to add it already), delete it from the list before continuing to clear out any old settings.

Step 3Wireless Networks List

A separate window should open. When it does, select Manually Create a Network Profile.

Step 4Association Screen

This will open a new connection box. Type in the following information:

  • Network Name: OSU_Secure
  • Security Type: WPA2_Enterprise
  • Encryption Type: AES

Leave everything else the way it is. Once finished, it should look like the screenshot to the left (click on it for a larger view). Click the Next button when you are done.

Step 5Success Added

A window should appear saying that you Successfully added OSU_Secure. Click the Change Connection Settings option, and a new settings window should open.

Step 6PEAP Properties

Click on the Security tab at the top, and verify that Security type is still WPA2-Enterprise, Encryption Type is still AES, and theNetwork Authentication Method is set to Microsoft: Protected EAP (PEAP).

Click on the Settings button next to the drop-down menu.

Step 7PEAP Settings

Un-check the box next to Validate Server Certificate.

Make sure that the Secure Authentication Method is set to Secure Password (EAP-MSCHAP v2), and then click the Configure button next to it.

Step 8Auto Login Settings

Un-check the box next to Automatically use my Windows logon name and password.

Click OK two times to close the open settings windows.

Step 9Auto Login Settings

This time, click on Advanced Settings for one more change

 

Step 10Auto Login Settings

Check the Specify authentication mode box

Select User authentication from the dropdown box

Step 11Connect to Secure Network

You should be looking at the Successfully added OSU_Securewindow again. Click Close to close this window.

Click on the wireless icon in the lower left-hand corner of your dock, select the OSU_Secure network from the list, and clickConnect.

Step 12ONID Login

A box should pop up asking for network authentication credentials. Enter your ONID username in the top box, then your ONID password in the bottom box and click OK.

Step 13

If it asks you to set a location for Secure, choose Public Network.

You should now be connected to the OSU_Secure network!


Mac OS X 10.5 and Older▸


All of the images below can be clicked on if you need a larger view.

Step 1Apple Menu

Click on the Apple icon in the upper-left hand corner, then select System Preferences.

Step 2Wireless Network Icon

Click on the Network icon on this screen.

Step 3Association Screen

Select Airport from the list on the left, then click the Advanced button.

Step 4Association Screen

Click the '+' symbol to add a new wireless network.

Step 5Network Settings

Type OSU_Secure for the Network Name, and select WPA2 Enterprise for security. More fields should appear after selecting this.

In the Username box, type your ONID username.

Enter your ONID password in the password box. Leave the 802.1X box alone at its default value.

Step 6Association Screen

Click the OK button at the bottom of the screen.

Step 6Apply Button

Now lick the Apply button. This should close all the open settings windows.

Step 7Association Screen

Click the Airport icon in the upper-right hand corner, and select OSU_Secure from the list.

Step 8Authentication Screen

Your computer will then attempt to connect to OSU_Secure.

If you get a popup similar to the one on the right asking to verify a certificate, click Continue.


Mac OS X 10.6 and Younger▸


Step 1

Click the wireless icon in the upper-left hand corner
and select OSU_Secure from the list.

Step 2

A window will open asking for a username/password. Enter your ONID Username in the User Name box, and your ONID Password in the Password Box.

Click OK.

Step 3Association Screen

Your computer will then attempt to connect to OSU_Secure.

If you get a popup similar to the one on the right asking to verify a certificate, click Continue. You may need to enter your computer's administrator password to proceed. 


Linux (Unix)▸


PLEASE NOTE:

The OSU Computer Helpdesk does not officially support Linux devices on the secure wireless network. Most should work fine if configured properly, but if any questions arise, they should be directed to the Linux community (there is a Linux Users Group on campus as well). The details on this page are only suggestions that have been reported to work in the past.

The general settings for the OSU Secure network are as follows:

  • SSID: OSU_Secure
  • Security: WPA2 Enterprise
  • EAP Method: PEAP (PEAPv0/EAP-MSCHAPv2)
  • Key Type: AES (or automatic)
  • Phase2 Type: MSCHAPv2
  • Domain (If required): ONID
  • Username: ONID Username
  • Password: ONID Password

If you are unable to get the default wireless manager to work, users have had success switching to WICD as their wireless manager.

For help installing WICD for your flavor of Linux, see the WICD Downloads Page. The top of this page also provides some basic troubleshooting steps to start using it.

NOTE: Once you install WICD, you will have to uninstall or stop your other wireless manager to use it.


Mobile Settings▸


These are the general settings that a mobile device will have to have in order to connect to OSU_Secure.

  • SSID: OSU_Secure
  • Security: WPA2 Enterprise (Or 802.1x EAP)
  • EAP Method: PEAP (PEAPv0 / EAP-MSCHAPv2)
  • Key Type: AES (or automatic)
  • Phase2 Type: MSCHAPv2
  • Username: ONID Username
  • Password: ONID Password
  • Note: Under Show advanced options make sure Proxy settings is set to none, otherwise you will be unable to save.

Note: These pictures only reflect one version of Android. If you cannot set up your phone on the network, please call us at: 541-737-3474

In general, please find OSU_Secure in your Wi-Fi settings. Once you click OSU_Secure, it's going to request that you put in a username, and a password. Proceed to put your ONID username, and your ONID password in the appropriate fields. 

If it asks you to accept a network certificate after you've successfully entered your ONID username and ONID password in the appropriate login fields - please accept this certificate. Once you've fully accepted - you should have access to the wireless network.

Android Wireless Settings Screen Android, Add Network Screen

If your device is not listed, feel free the click the Feedback Button below to request information!


"Fun Facts:"▸


Why OSU_Secure?

Secure networks ensure the safety of sensitive information transmitted over the web, such as banking transactions and emails. Wireless clients using the OSU_Access network will be limited to what they can access. You can use the VPN service on the OSU_Access network to have similar to secure access capabilities that OSU_Secure provides.

What does the "Secure" part of OSU Secure mean?

The secure part means that any data you send over the wireless connection is encrypted. Browsers and websites can encrypt the data transmissions themselves, which happens on most or all sites that transfer any sensitive information. You can determine if a website is encrypting information when the URL indicates an HTTPS connection, as opposed to an unencrypted HTTP connection (S stands for secure). The encryption done by the wireless network is another layer of security that helps protect your sensitive information on all websites. The following is more technical information which is unnecessary for the use of the wireless networks.

Examples:

Unsecured Wireless (OSU_Access):

Data sent through an HTTP connection will be transmitted over the wireless network completely unencrypted. If you are submitting a comment to an unsecured forum the data would be transmitted in clear text which could be read by anybody with the correct software. For poorly designed websites they may also be able to see the username, password, and what website you were trying to log in to.

Data sent through an HTTPS connection will be encrypted on your computer and sent through the network. Anybody with the correct software would be able to see where you were sending the information to but not the actual information being sent. (more technically the header information will not be encrypted but the data will be).

Secured Wireless (OSU_Secure):

Data sent through either type of connection will still result in everything being encrypted. Anybody with the correct software will be able to see that you are sending and receiving data but they will not be able to tell where you are sending it or what information you are sending (including usernames and passwords).


OSU_Access

What is OSU Access?

OSU Access is the unsecured campus wireless network. Anybody with an ONID account can connect.

How do I connect?

You can connect to OSU Access using your laptop's wireless connection. If it is set to automatically connect, it may ask you if you really want to connect to it. You may also have to select it from the list of wireless networks, and it may ask you if you really want to connect here as well. In either case select OK, or Connect.

If the device has been registered previously, launching a web browser will simply take you to your home page at this point.

If you have not registered the device before, when you launch your browser you should get a sign-in/registration page. You can choose to either sign in, which provides a temporary 16 hour login, or you can register your computer's MAC address? so that you don't have to sign in again. We strongly recommend that customers permanently register their machines.

For instructions on how to register your machine, click here.

OSU Secure Recommendation

It is highly recommended that users, when possible, always use OSU Secure.  Connections over OSU Secure are encrypted and secure, while OSU Access transmissions can be intercepted with the proper software.  OSU Secure provides the same resources and availablity as OSU Access.  It only requires a single setup, but once done will allow users to connect automatically like OSU Access.  For instructions on how to connect to OSU Secure, click here.

Visitor Wireless

The Visitor network is free and it is intended solely for visitors from off campus. OSU employees and students are still encouraged to use the OSU_Secure wireless network.

Aside from using the University’s existing wireless infrastructure, no OSU staff or resources are involved; routing and management is provided by Peak.

  • A login/agreement appears every four (4) hours.
  • Capacity of this network is limited.
  • OSU does not provide support for this free service.
  • OSU does not guarantee that this free service will work for everyone; nor does Peak.  
  • This is NOT intended as a replacement for OSU_Access or OSU_Secure. It’s strictly a free service provided as a temporary convenience for visitors to OSU.
  • This network will not be appropriate for anyone authorized to use our existing OSU networks.

Wireless Registration

Wireless registration allows customers to automatically connect to a wireless network on campus without having to repeatedly sign in. To register your device log into our Wireless Registration tool and follow the instructions below:


Before you begin, find your Wireless Hardware Address.

  1. Turn on and log into your laptop or device.
  2. Connect to the unsecured OSU_Access wireless network. 
    1. Note - Using OSU Secure is the preferred and recommended wireless connection.
  3. Open your preferred web browser.
  4. Your web browser will be automatically redirected to the OSU Wireless Network Authentication Page.
  5. Click Here and log in with your ONID username and password. (It may seem like the link just loops back to the same page - don't worry about that and log in.)

  6. Wireless Registration

  7. Read through the acceptable use policy, check the box at the bottom of the page indicating your compliance with the use policies as well as the box affirming you understand that illegal file sharing is not allowed on the OSU Wireless Network, and then click I agree box.
  8. wireless network policy

  9. On the next screen, enter in a name for your device and its hardware address (It should look like this “00:60:08:9A:42:AD”). Click Register to submit your changes.
  10. enter hardware address

  11. Wait 5-10 minutes for your computer to be registered. If you want to use the internet immediately you can use the temporary login on the starting registration page.
  12. Congratulations! You are now registered permanently on the OSU wireless network.