Wireless Network

Garrett uses Northwestern's wireless network to provides secure, mobile Internet access for faculty, staff, and students from wireless access points located throughout the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Guest Wireless access is also available.

When searching for available networks, choose Northwestern. This secure network does not need VPN and requires a valid NetID to access.

Connect to the Northwestern network from a laptop, smartphone, or other mobile device using wireless access points conveniently located in campus buildings, residence halls, and public spaces including the Norris University Center and the Northwestern University Library.
To use the wireless service, look for the "NU Wireless Access" signs located throughout the Evanston and Chicago campuses or where indicated on the University’s interactive campus maps.

Information provided by Northwestern University’s Information Technology Department


Connecting With Windows

 Connecting Using Windows 8

Connecting Using Windows 7

Step-By-Step Walk Throughs: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista



Connecting With a Mac


Step-By-Step Walk Throughs:Mountain Lion (10.8) or Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6)


Mobile Devices

Connecting a Mobile Device

Connecting Using an iPhone or an iPad

Connecting using an Android

Connecting Using Windows Phone 8

Step-By-Step Walk Throughs:iPhone or iPad running iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 8


Connecting With Linux

Step-By-Step Walk Through:Ubuntu


Guest Wireless Access

Connecting to the Wireless Network as a Guest

While visiting Northwestern, campus guests can connect to the Guest-Northwestern wireless network from most wireless access points.* Look for the NUIT Wireless Access signage indicating wireless locations on Chicago and Evanston campuses.
Guest wireless is a free service intended for use by visitors requiring short-term access to the wireless network to perform general Internet activities.  It is an unsecured connection and should not be used to send or receive sensitive information.
eduroam at Northwestern is available to visitors from other eduroam-enabled institutions wherever the Northwestern wireless network is provided on campus.
Members of the Northwestern community who hold a Northwestern NetID should continue to use the "Northwestern" network.
*NUIT is scheduled to complete an expansion of wireless access points by adding approximately 700 wireless access points to the Evanston and Chicago campuses by the end of 2013.
Guest Wireless Benefits and Features
•    Seven-day renewable access window
•    3 Mbps upload/download bandwidth per registered device
•    Widely available across Evanston and Chicago campuses
•    Grants general web browsing, email, and external Virtual Private Network (VPN) access
Guest Wireless Registration
When a guest arrives on campus and attempts to access the Internet using a computer or other mobile device, they should choose "Guest-Northwestern" in the list of networks presented.  During registration, guests are required to accept the University's acceptable use policy and provide their contact information and the name of the individual or organization sponsoring their University visit.
Access is granted for a seven-day period that begins at the time of registration.  Guests may re-register as needed.
Visitors who plan to be at the University for an extended period, or who require access to University resources not available on the "Guest-Northwestern" wireless should contact the authorized administrator of their sponsoring department to request a Guest, Affiliate, or Departmental NetID.

Information provided by Northwestern University’s Information Technology Department