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.  


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 1 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.


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

How do I access it?

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, or choose a device below!

What helpdocs exist for it?

We understand this network can be confusing to some users, so we have created a few helpdocs for anyone who needs them! Click on any of the following articles to get help:

(OSU_Secure) Forgetting the Network (Windows)

Forgetting OSU_Secure on Windows

If you have ended up here, most likely you are trying to get OSU_Secure working again after it suddenly stopped. There are plenty of reasons why OSU_Secure could suddenly stop working, but usually the easiest solution is to forget the network and then re-add it using the steps provided below:

Through command prompt:

  1. Press the windows key
  2. Type in "cmd" and press enter
  3. In command prompt, type in netsh wlan delete profile name="OSU_Secure" and press enter.
  4. Follow the instructions on either Windows Vista/7 or Windows 8/8.1/10

(OSU_Secure) Mac OS X 10.6+

Mac OS X 10.6+

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. 

(OSU_Secure) Windows Vista and 7

Windows Vista and 7

The automatic connection settings should work for most cases, but in case you feel those settings are not working, we have left manual instructions as well! Keep in mind that you are having difficulties connecting to the network, it may be worth forgetting OSU_Secure on your computer before trying to re-add it.

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:

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!

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 two (2) 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.

How to Sign In

Once you have connected to Visitor, opening up a webpage and trying to go to any webpage should redirect you to the visitor sign in page. After hitting the accept option, you should have internet access on Visitor for four hours. After the four hours, repeating this process gets you another four hours on the network.

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.