Networks & Wireless

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Wired Access

Our wired network is limited to faculty, staff, and researchers using computers provided by the School. There are some wired connections in the building that are accessible to non-iSchool computers, including next to the Help Desk. Plugging in to these jacks will let you access sites on the domain only. You will need your University of Illinois account and VPN to connect to sites outside the university.

Wireless Access


The iSchool has UIUCnet Wireless Access throughout the building. UIUCNet requires either UIUCnet QuickConnect or  VPN authentication.

QuickConnect is the fastest and easiest way to connect to UIUCnet campus wireless. To use this method, simply enable your laptop's wireless network card, set it to detect all available networks, and open a browser window such as Firefox, Chrome, etc. The first page you try to load will take you to the UIUCnet page for authentication. You will need to have a University of Illinois account to log in to QuickConnect. There are some limitations, however; printing to iSchool printers will not be possible. In order to print, you will want to run the VPN service, or connect to the IllinoisNet network instead.

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) service provides full access to wireless users on campus, and an on-campus identity to off-campus users. You will need your University of Illinois account.

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The primary advantage of using IllinoisNet is that it stores your credentials and signs in for you, so you won't need to log in whenever you move to a new location on campus.

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The University of Illinois also offers public wireless access. This is useful if you have guests who do not have University NetIDs and who only need access for a short period of time.

Short-term wireless guest accounts

If you have guests who need access to the wireless network or who need to use the VPN from locations outside of campus, you can create short term accounts for them. These accounts are usually limited to a three day access period. If you need a longer time period, please contact the Help Desk.

Your guest account user name and password lets you connect to the campus network in two ways: through UIUCnet QuickConnect or through the VPN.

QuickConnect will be a good solution for you if:

  • You are on campus.
  • You only need common Internet services such as email and web browsing.

The CITES VPN will be a good solution for you if:

  • You need to connect to UIUCnet from an off-campus location while you're visiting.
  • You need to access types of networking that QuickConnect will not support.

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