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Wireless

OSU Access Wireless portal has returned

The login page for the OSU Access wireless network has returned. Information about that can be found here.

OSU Access is an unsecured/unencrypted wireless network. OSU IT staff recommend you use the Eduroam or OSU Secure wireless networks.

The OSU Wireless Network

Oregon State University provides enterprise wireless network access in many campus locations through multiple different networks. The various networks around campus allow students, staff, and even visitors to easily setup and use wireless devices. Click here for a map of campus, including information about wireless coverage.

What Is Wireless and How Does It Work?

Wireless is a way of connecting to the internet, network, or device without the use of a wired connection. While it may be more convenient to use wireless, it may not be as consistent as a wired connection.

Availalble Wireless Networks for ONID and OUS Users

Anyone who has a valid ONID or OUS account will have access. For more information about who has access to the network, See our Getting Connected page.

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

  • OSU_Secure 
  • OSU_Access 
  • Visitor
  • Eduroam

OSU_Secure is an encrypted connection which allows security for online browsing. 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.   

 

Partnering With OUS Institutions!

OSU has established reciprocal relationships with several OUS schools to allow access to each others wireless. OSU employees and students can use their ONID account to access wireless at PSU and U of O.

OSU Wireless Strategy

Our wireless strategy involves deploying a campus-wide wireless network with these goals:

  • Comprehensive coverage with single registration. To deliver the greatest value we are working towards maximum campus coverage. Users will be able to access the majority of the wireless network by completing a single registration process.
  • Easy to use for the OSU community. There is a design trade-off between secure and easy. Security protocols are evolving, but for the time being we have chosen to make default registration for and use of the wireless network easy rather than completely secure, provided we can account for the identities of users.
  • Secure option if appropriate. Recognizing the security requirement of many applications, encrypted communication is possible with the understanding that it will require more complex configuration by the user. Secure network communication will allow users to access nearly all of the same resources available through wired networks.

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