New Campus Wi-Fi Options

January 12, 2023

To our campus community,

We are pleased to announce the launch of new wireless networks that will be available this spring semester: Berkeley-IoT (Internet of Things) and Berkeley-Visitor. Both of these new Wi-Fi options will help make our community user experience more secure and reliable as well as provide new features. Berkeley-IoT and Berkeley-Visitor will not disrupt your current Wi-Fi experience; eduroam and CalVisitor will continue to be available. 

New Campus Wi-Fi Options

  • Berkeley-IoT is now available in buildings across UC Berkeley where eduroam is found (view this handy Wi-Fi coverage map). Berkeley-IoT is the eduroam equivalent Wi-Fi access for devices that do not support eduroam username and password-based authentication. This is a new encrypted wireless network to support the internet of things for devices for education and research such as classroom clickers, digital signage, eReaders, printers, and lab equipment (e.g. data loggers, microscopes, sensors). The network can also be leveraged for our residence hall community in-home devices where it can replace a physical ethernet cable in most situations. Examples of using Berkeley-IoT in residence halls include streaming devices (e.g. Firestick, Roku, Chromecast), game consoles, personal assistants, printers and scanners, projectors, and TVs. Learn how to connect to Berkeley-IoT

  • Berkeley-Visitor is scheduled to launch at the end of January and will improve the network user experience for short-term visitors. It does not require registration but has a click-through page with terms of use. Those using Berkeley-Visitor will have 12 hours before needing to accept the terms of use conditions again. The network is best suited for non-affiliated visitors to campus where they are invited to connect computers, laptops, phones, and tablets. Berkeley-Visitor will be a new option for anyone visiting campus running concurrently with CalVisitor through the end of the spring semester. Starting May 19, 2023, new devices will be unable to connect to CalVisitor and the network will be completely retired as of July 1, 2023.

Reminder for Apple Users: Update Software to Improve Wi-Fi

Apple released updates to their software last month that resolves the issues that were impacting Wi-Fi on Apple devices at the end of the fall semester. We encourage everyone using Apple devices to install these updates to the current operating system version installed on their devices.Important: MacOS Monterey users should NOT update to Ventura at this time, please just accept the software update for Monterey.Read the campus-wide message

Learn More

For the best connection when working on laptop or desktop computers, phones, tablets, kiosks, and other mobile devices, eduroam is still the preferred option. If you have any questions or need assistance, here are some helpful resources:

The network team has also completed the replacement of obsolete Cisco Wi-Fi infrastructure with upgraded Aruba equipment earlier than planned. This will help improve network security as well as improve connectivity options for campus and residential communities. All of this work is part of our Network User Experience program, a coordinated effort of multiple projects to make networking more robust, provide more features, and address recent network challenges. 

Jenn Stringer, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer
Dave Browne, Executive Director of Campus IT Infrastructure

This message was sent campus-wide to all students, faculty, and staff. If you are a manager who supervises UC Berkeley employees without email access, please circulate this information to all.