Access to network resources is governed by a reasonable use policy, and use of a connection indicates your acceptance of these conditions.
Wireless via UWNet
Students at UW-Madison, including residents living in University Residence Halls can connect for free to UWNet, UW-Madison’s wireless network service. To connect, simply select the network on a device and open a web browser which redirects to a login page. All resident rooms are equipped with their own in-room wireless access point for high-speed, reliable connections. Devices such as computers, cell phones, tablets, smart TVs, and gaming consoles can connect directly to UWNet. Some multicast devices, such as Apple TV, Roku, Fire Sticks, and Chromecasts, require a personal router to access UWNet. Visit our support page on incompatible devices for more details.
All rooms have at least one active data jack (typically accessible via the in-room wireless access point) that you can connect to with an ethernet cable. When a device is connected to the jack you can select UWNet and then open a web browser which will redirect you to a login page. If you need an ethernet cable they are available for purchase at any Housing Dining convenience store or at the University Apartments Community Center.
Securing Your Computer
It is extremely important that your computer is secure while accessing any campus network resources. If your computer becomes compromised it will be removed from network access until it is repaired.
Configuring a Secure Wireless Access Point
For the most part, wireless routers are not necessary. However, if residents feel they need one or want to create their own private network for wireless printing or gaming, they can bring one. If you choose to do this, visit our support page for a list of recommended routers. University Housing requires that all personal wireless access points are configured securely. This ensures that the owner of the wireless access point knows exactly who is connecting to it. You are responsible for all network traffic that passes through your access point.
For assistance with internet connections and general computing issues, contact the DoIT Help Desk.