WiFi

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The University of Nebraska provides access to the internet and university resources via a wireless network available on campus as well as many common outdoor areas.

Wi-Fi

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 - identity theft is real

Step 2 - WiFi & Network Access

Connecting your devices

  • If you are already connected to the wireless network you can onboard your device to the secure wireless network using the following link:
    Connect to eduroam
  • If this is the first time you have connected to the university wireless, connect to NU-Connect and open a web browser. The webpage will redirect you to the onboarding page where you select the Student|Faculty|Staff button to join the secure wireless network with full network access. A small application file will be downloaded to your system.  Next, launch the application.  The application will automatically detect your operating system.  Follow the instructions and login with your MyUNL credentials.  Once completed you will be connected to eduroam.  Students with non-IoT devices will now need to proceed to Step 4.

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

Step 3 - IoT device Network Access

What is "The Internet of Things (IoT)?

Over the last few years TV's, doorbell's, game consoles's, Amazon echos and other devices have all started to have one thing in common - the abilitiy to connect to the internet.  IoT devices are pervasive and their numbers continue to grow.  In fact, Gartner, a leading research company, estimates there will be 20.4 billion IoT devices in use by 2020.

Most IoT devices are designed and built to make our lives easier, but often little attention is given to cybersecurity.  These devices can have a major impact on the security of the network and, like computers, they can be infected with malware and are often the easiest point of entry for hackers attempting to gain access to a home or business network. 

However, it is important to provide IoT access and address security concerns as much as possible.  This is one of the reasons why we have created NU-Connect.

Connecting your IoT devices

  • Once you have connected your non-Iot device (laptop, desktop, MacBook etc.) to eduroam, you will then have the ability to register your Iot devices (gamebox units, Smart TV's etc.), so they can use NU-Connect for their wireless connection.
  • Connect to NU-Connect and open a web browser. The web browser will redirect you to a webpage where you can select IoT Enrollment. This is used to register IoT devices so they can connect wirelessly to NU-Connect. 
  • Remember, if you are attempting to connect an IoT device to the network you must first have a device (laptop etc.), that has successfully logged into eduroam, then associate to NU-Connect and click on the IoT Enrollment button.
  • Shortly after your MAC address has been registered, you should be able to connect wirelessly to the NU-Connect SSID for internet access on campus.

Step 4 - Student Computers on SafeConnect

Protecting your computer on Residence Hall Network

SafeConnect is used exclusively in the Resident Hall Network as a security compliance tool. General information about SafeConnect is available at: http://its.unl.edu/safeconnect/.

Currently, only Windows and Mac computers need to be registered through SafeConnect.

  • Connect to eduroam wireless network.
  • Open a web browser and you should be re-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. (ServiceInstaller.exe)
  • 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 Connections

Tips for improved performance in Residence Halls

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

It is recommended to use ethernet connections on all devices that can be plugged in with a wired connection.

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 reduce WiFi interference. WiFi printers can cause serious disruption to the wireless enviroment, including reduced performance, and loss of connectivity.

no wifi on printers

Service News

New NU-Connect offers automated connection to secure Wi-Fi
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Information Technology Services (ITS) implemented a new Wi-Fi access network named NU-Connect on the Kearney and Lincoln campuses Saturday. 

NU-Connect provides an automated configuration for attaching laptops and most mobile devices to the secure and encrypted eduroam network.

The addition of NU-Connect is...

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