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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 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.

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:
  1. Select the UCSD-GUEST wireless network. Some users will need to open a browser window for the next step.
  2. Follow the displayed instructions to accept the Terms of Use.
  3. Click Sign on.
  4. Once connected, the browser will open to webpage.

Note: See Guest Access for Windows if you're using Windows 7, 8 or 10.

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.