Wi-Fi Services

Wi-Fi connectivity is generally available throughout most buildings on campus as well as in UC Berkeley-affiliated buildings located off-site with an expansion effort underway. For the most stable and secure connection, eduroam is the primary Wi-Fi service providing students, faculty, and staff access to the campus network (be sure to drop other Wi-Fi options in your list). Coming in January 2023, devices incompatible with eduroam can use the Berkeley-IoT Wi-Fi network. View the comparison chart below to see which Wi-Fi option is best for you.

Campus Wi-Fi Options

Which option is best for you?

eduroam

Berkeley-IoT (Internet of Things)

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Description

The recommended Wi-Fi service to use while on campus is eduroam. Available in almost all buildings across UC Berkeley, eduroam is the most stable and secure, authenticated service providing network access on campus and at many institutions around the world. Learn more

Berkeley IoT is the eduroam equivalent Wi-Fi access for devices that do not support the username and password-based authentication in use by eduroam. Available where eduroam can be found.

CalVisitor provides a basic level of Wi-Fi access for those without a CalNet ID or sponsored guest account. 

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Availability Faculty, staff, students, and associates (anyone with a CalNet ID) and Visitors (from other eduroam participating institutions) Faculty, staff, students, and associates (anyone with a CalNet ID) Visitors (no passphrase required)
Get Connected

Choose “eduroam” from the Wi-Fi network options on your device.

Follow instructions to connect based on the device you are using:

Once you have set up eduroam the first time, your device should automatically use eduroam whenever you are within an area where it is provided.

See also: Create an eduroam account

Note: your Berkeley-IoT shared secrets will not work on the eduroam Wi-Fi network.

Try connecting your device to eduroam first.

If your device is not compatible, or the IoT network is a better fit for its use, choose “Berkeley-IoT” from the Wi-Fi network options on your device and follow these steps to connect.

See also: Berkeley-IoT FAQ

Note: Your eduroam account will not work on the Berkeley-IoT Wi-Fi network.

To access CalVisitor, configure your Wi-Fi enabled device to select CalVisitor as the SSID for their wireless networking needs.

Note: CalVisitor provides limited service for general visitors to campus.

Berkeley-Visitor is coming in spring 2023 and will eventually replace CalVisitor later in the semester. Berkeley-Visitor will greatly improve the network user experience for short-term visitors.

Web-Based Authentication No No No

Secure Access (One-Time Login)

Yes Yes No
Encrypted Wireless Traffic Yes Yes No
Access Campus Resources
(e.g. bConnected, Digital Library, bCourses, etc.)
Yes Yes No
Get Help

If you need to reset your eduroam password or create a new account for eduroam or Berkeley-IoT:

If you have issues connecting to Wi-Fi, try rebooting your device and go through these steps again. If this does not resolve connectivity please contact us for help:

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