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Campus Wireless/Wi-Fi Access information

Find out how to get access to wireless/Wi-Fi network on campus.

Faculty, staff, and students

Wireless networking encrypted with Wi-Fi Protected Access-Enterprise (WPA2-E) technology is mandatory, using an Active Directory (AD) username and password.

  • UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff should use UCSD-PROTECTED.
  • Residential students, faculty, and staff should use RESNET-PROTECTED.


Instructions for connecting to the guest networks.

  • Use UCSD-GUEST (unencrypted)
  • If your home institution is eduroam-enabled, you may use the eduroam network, which is more secure

Tips for a strong Wi-Fi connection

Text recommending turning wifi off then on again to find strongest wifi signal

The Campus Wi-Fi network has thousands of “access points.” As you move across campus your device falls out of range and begins looking for a new connection. Here are some tips for better connections:

  • Reset at your destination: Turn off/on mobile device Wi-Fi to reconnect to the strongest access point.  
  • Outside coverage is limited: IT Services provides Wi-Fi in every building but only in limited outdoor areas.
  • Forget past networks: Reduce problems by “forgetting” old Wi-Fi networks. 
  • Turn off your hot spot: Personal hotspots use the same frequencies as campus Wi-Fi and can create interference for users. 


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Need help? Visit the ITS Service Desk Support Portal

  • Email:
  • Phone: (858) 246-4357 or ext. 6-HELP
  • Walk up:
    • Applied Physics & Mathematics (AP&M) building, Room 1313 (map) weekdays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Tech Hub @ the Hive, TPCS, Third floor (map) / Weekdays, 8 a.m. – noon, 1 – 4:30 p.m.