The university provides access to the internet via wireless network available in most buildings on campus as well as many outdoor common areas.


Getting Started

How to connect your computers and mobile devices to to the UNL network.

Step #1 - Your Identity Manage your MyUNL I.D.

To register for wireless in the residence halls, and access most online services, you’ll need to know your My.UNL ID and password.

* Don’t know your MyUNL ID?
Go to a lab or other computer that’s already connected and visit id.unl.edu.

Manage Passwords

  • Never share your password
  • Use a password of at least eight
 characters and try using a pass phrase
  • Change your password often
  • Don’t use the same password on multiple site
  • Treat your password like your credit card number

Step #2 - WiFi & Network AccessRegister your devices

•Select UNL-WIRELESS-REGISTRATION as your network. Open a web browser. The welcome screen will ask to click to register your device. Select the UNL login button and login with your MyUNL credentials.

•Once logged in, click on “Register a card”.

•Enter the hardware MAC address for your device. If you don’t know your MAC or hardware address, click the “LOOK UP MY MAC” button, which will auto-fill the hardware address. Then click ‘ADD CARD’.
•Shortly after your card is registered, you should be able to connect wirelessly to UNL-AIR for internet access anywhere on campus.

•Once you connect to UNL-AIR, proceed to Step 3.

For Connect IT questions and assistance, contact the ResNet office in Sandoz Hall (402) 472-3535

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Step #3 - Computers on SafeConnectProtecting your computer on Residence Hall Network

ResNet is using the SafeConnect Registration System. General information about Safe
Connect is available at: http://its.unl.edu/safeconnect/.

Currently, only Windows and Macintosh computers need to be registered through SafeConnect.
• Connect to UNL-AIR wireless network.
• Open a web browser (preferably Chrome, Firefox or Safari). You should be directed to the SafeConnect login page.
• Log in using your My.UNL (Blackboard) ID and password.
•Once you’ve logged in, you will see a
notice that says:  “Yes, I will install the Policy Key and accept the terms and conditions for Internet Use”.  If you’re not familiar with the UNL Computer User Agreement, click on the link and read it before you agree. You must agree to the terms listed in order to register for Internet Access.
• Click on the link that starts “Yes, I will …” and the SafeConnect system will then start a download of the policy key installer.
• Save the policy key installer to your desktop, then double click on it to start the installation.  You may have to give permission for the install to start.
• Once it’s done, you’ll see a window that says installation was successful. You should now have full connectivity.

Step #4 - Improving ConnectionsTips for improved performance in Residence Halls

Because students use multiple devices, plug in all ethernet-enabled devices like laptops and gaming consoles. This leaves more bandwidth available for mobile devices. To activate ethernet jacks in your room, login into MyRed and fill out a maintenance request under “FixIt” Housing portal.

Use ethernet on all devices that can be plugged in

No routers/switches/hubs

Router transmissions interfere with WiFi access points on the network and disrupt service for you and your neighbors.

No routers

Print via USB connection

Turn off wireless print functionality and print via a USB connection to eliminate WiFi interference.
no wifi on printers

How to connect to the internet via the encrypted UNL-AIR-E wireless network.

Wireless encryption provides a high level of assurance that your information is not observed when it crosses the wireless segment of the network.
Computers are subject to numerous security threats when connecting to a network wirelessly over a radio signal. An encrypted wireless network encodes the radio signal, safeguarding against unauthorized third-party monitoring or intervention.
It is recommended that you use the UNL configuration wizard to configure your wireless device.  UNL’s secure-it wizard configures your wireless device to access to the "UNL-AIR-E" wireless network. It does not install any software or additional certificates to your wireless device. The wizard makes the fewest possible configuration changes to your native operating system to enable it to connect to the "UNL-AIR-E" network.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions

To run the UNL configuration wizard a user would need to be attached to the “UNL-AIR” SSID and then bring up a browser. Then you need to web to the following link:


If the configuration Wizard prompts you for a username and password, enter “unlwireless” for the username and “encrypted” as the password.

Secure it screen

You will need to accept the license terms by selecting “Start>”
The process is automated and should take approximately 20 to 30 seconds.
Once completed Windows users will be automatically migrated to the encrypted "UNL-AIR-E" network. Apple users will manually need to connect to the "UNL-AIR-E" network after completing the wizard.

If the Configuration Wizard does not work for your device or you wish to configure your device manually, the following instructions are provided.

You should be able to manually configure any Apple, Windows or Linux Operating System to connect to the encrypted "UNL-AIR-E" wireless network.
 To connect to the encrypted wireless network follow the instructions below.
1)    First you need to register your wireless device’s MAC address so you can connect to the  
“UNL-AIR” network.
To register your wireless MAC go to the following link.  https://its-wlreg.unl.edu  (If you have not done so already)
2)    Verify you are able to connect to the "UNL-AIR" wireless network. After verifying that you can connect to "UNL-AIR" network, configure your wireless device to use WPA2-enterprise.  It may be shown also as PEAP Authentication with MS-CHAP(v2) as the inner authentication mechanism.
3)    When asked for a certificate, choose “none”, “no” or just leave the option blank.
4)    For the username and password we use global credentials. For the username enter “unlwireless” and for the password enter “encrypted”.
When the following steps are completed, you should be able to connect to the “UNL-AIR-E” wireless network.

For additional questions, please contact the Computer Help Center
Phone: 472-3970 or toll-free (866) 472-3970
E-mail: mysupport@unl.edu
6 month access • One device per email address • Re-register for time

Campus visitors may select the UNL-Guest network SSID and input their name, email and mobile phone numbers. An access code is sent instantly via a text and email to their mobile device to grant individuals access to the network. Each access credential expires overnight. Visitors may re-register each additional day of their stay. UNL-Guest allows out-bound access to public internet sites, while limiting access to UNL domains.

Download the flyer


Select UNL-GUEST from the available networks.


Your browser should automatically open to the guest login page. Click the link for new guests.


Please complete all the required fields and click "Submit Information". A login name and password will be sent to your email and as a text message to your phone.


Your request will be acknowledged. Click the link to sign in.


Enter the login and password retrieved via text/email. Click submit button. Network access will be activated. Questions? Contact the Computer Help Center

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  • eduroam (education roaming) is a secured wireless network service that allows students, staff, and faculty to use their home institution's wireless credentials to access wireless network services, when visiting other eduroam participating institutions, without having to set up a guest account.
  • eduroam is offered throughout 36 European countries, 6 Asia-Pacific countries, the United States*, and Canada.
  • With hundreds of thousands of wireless access points sharing a common SSID, eduroam acts as one large, world-wide, wireless hotspot.

A unique UNL wireless conference service can be established for participants to a specific conference. Faculty/staff can request a custom SSID name and password for participants to receive wireless access.

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