Herky with Wi-Fi on campus
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 1:40pm

A new network named UI-Guest will provide free wireless service to campus visitors, replacing the current AT&T guest wireless service. The AT&T service will be retired Aug. 1.

Visitors can use the new UI-Guest network now, and both options will be available until August so units have time to update information for visitors before the old network goes away.

Guests can take advantage of the service by selecting UI-Guest when connecting to a wireless network on campus. They will be asked to confirm the connection to the network and agree to UI-Guest's terms of service. The ITS Help Desk is available at 319-384-HELP (4357) to provide support.

Like most guest networks in public places, UI-Guest is not encrypted. If personal information such as bank account, credit card, or Social Security numbers will be shared, take precautions to protect data by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and making sure websites are secure (look for HTTPS in the URL). UI-Guest should not be used to access data protected by privacy laws such as HIPAA and FERPA. Similar to a public or home network, some UI resources are not accessible from the UI-Guest network.

For optimal service and security, UI students, faculty and staff should use the eduroam wireless network by logging in with their UI credentials (<yourhawkid>@uiowa.edu and password). eduroam is a secure network that allows UI users to access key university resources, such as file shares and printers. 

UI DeviceNet is available for wireless-only devices, such as gaming systems, that do not have capabilities to securely connect to eduroam. Devices must be registered (see how to connect to UI DeviceNet).

More information on guest wireless is available at: https://its.uiowa.edu/guestwifi