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Using Wireless as a Guest at UC San Diego

Learn how to connect your wireless device to the guest networks at UCSD

  • For more information about eduroam member institutions, see the eduroam website.

1. If your home institution is eduroam-enabled:

eduroam use for UC employees (other than UC San Diego)

eduroam is an encrypted wireless service that allows its members to use wireless services at institutions all over the world using their home username and password. Check with your home institution to find out if they are eduroam members.  If your home institution is eduroam-enabled, you may use your home username and password to connect to the eduroam encrypted network here.

Using this service, you can make full use of UCSD's wireless network with the exception of access to some restricted Library databases.

eduroam is visible on the main campus and at SIO. It is not available in off-campus sites or at La Jolla Professional Center at this time.

To connect to eduroam:

  1. Check with your home institution to find out if your home institution is eduroam-enabled.
  2. Select the eduroam wireless network.
  3. When prompted, enter your home institution username including the @institution portion, e.g.
  4. When prompted, enter your home institution password.


eduroam access for UC San Diego personnel while travelling

If you are a UCSD faculty member, staff member or student, and you have a UCSD Active Directory username and password, you can use them to connect to wireless at eduroam-enabled institutions. Note: you must add to your Active Directory username when using eduroam. Access the eduroam-US Web site for more information about eduroam and to see maps of eduroam member institutions.

To prepare for eduroam use while travelling, you must first, while at UCSD, select the eduroam SSID and follow the instructions for UCSD-PROTECTED for your operating system, substituting eduroam whenever the UCSD-PROTECTED SSID is specified and adding to your Active Directory username when configuring the service. Make sure that your service works while on campus.

Once you have done this, if you can see the eduroam wireless network when you are visiting another institution, select eduroam.  When prompted, enter your UCSD AD username and — e.g. — and your UCSD AD password to connect.

Test eduroam by connecting to the local eduroam network before you leave. Enter your UCSD AD username and — e.g. — and your UCSD AD password to connect.

2. Use UCSD-GUEST if you do not have eduroam access.

The UCSD-GUEST wireless network is for all UCSD visitors and guests, and is an unencrypted service requiring weekly user registration.

As a guest using this service, you can:

  • Browse the Web, including webmail (e.g., gmail)
  • Use SSH
  • Use most secure e-mail clients
To connect as a guest, select the UCSD-GUEST wireless network.
Contact the ITS Service Desk, (858) 246-4357 or ext. 6-HELP, or bring your laptop/ PDA to the Help Desk in Applied Physics & Mathematics (AP&M) Room 1313 (map) weekdays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.