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Using Wireless at U of O

Members of the Oregon State University Community are able to use wireless networking at Portland State University and the University of Oregon as part of an agreement among these institutions.  Please carefully follow the instructions below to use your ONID account to get on U of O wireless.

Step 1: Connect to the right wireless network. 

You should choose the wireless network named "uowireless" (Not the one labeled "UO Secure").  See illustration below.  Your network list may look somewhat different.

 picture of wireless networks at U of O

Step 2: How to use your ONID password

Once you have connected to the correct network you will need to authenticate (i.e. log in).  To do that, open any web browser and go to www.oregonstate.edu (any other site will do as well).  A login screen will then present itself:

picture of U of O wireless login screen

Here you will login with your ONID credentials: for the  user name use your ONID email address. 

Example: username@onid.oregonstate.edu

If you have typed in your credentials correctly you will now how access to the internet through the U of O wireless network.

Step 3: Initiate a VPN? connection to OSU.  (Optional but recommended)

While this step is not strictly mandatory, it is highly recommended as it will offer two major advantages. First, it will make sure your Internet activity is safe from eavesdropping.  As is the case with many wireless networks, the UO network is not encrypted, so anyone within broadcast range of your computer may be able to see much of what you do on the Internet.  The VPN eliminates this problem.  Second, using the VPN will give you broader access to OSU resources than you would otherwise have.  Click here for more information on the OSU VPN.

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