Networks & Wireless

For information on wired or wireless networking on the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign campus in general, please visit http://techservices.illinois.edu/services/wireless/our-wireless-networks.

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 illinois.edu domain only. You will need your University of Illinois account and VPN to connect to sites outside the university.

Wireless Access

IllinoisNet

IllinoisNet is a secure wireless network that uses your University credentials to connect. Once these credentials are stored on your machine you should be able to automatically connect to the network in most areas on campus.
 


IllinoisNet_Guest

IllinoisNet_Guest serves multiple purposes. It's main purpose is to allow guests temporary access to wireless at the University.

More details on how guests can connect to IllinoisNet_Guest can be found here:
https://answers.uillinois.edu/illinois/page.php?id=62579

IllinoisNet_Guest can also be used to configure devices to properly connect to IllinoisNet. If you're having trouble connecting to IllinoisNet you may want to connect to IllinoisNet_Guest instead.

More instructions for how to use IllinoisNet_Guest to configure IllinoisNet are available here:
https://answers.uillinois.edu/illinois/search.php?q=IllinoisNet_guest+setup&cat=0


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.

For more information see:
https://answers.uillinois.edu/illinois/page.php?id=49585

Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access

Tech Services offers a Virtual Private Network to allow students, faculty, and staff a way to connect to University resources securely even while working remotely. 

More information on how to download and install the VPN client are available here:
https://techservices.illinois.edu/services/virtual-private-networking-vpn/download-and-set-up-the-vpn-client