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 best connection, eduroam is the primary Wi-Fi service for access to the campus network (be sure to drop Airbears or other options in your list). It provides access to all students, faculty, and staff. Short-term visitors and guests may use CalVisitor, a basic open Wi-Fi network that requires no password. Longer term visitors can be sponsored for a CalNet Guest Account which allows them to use eduroam. View the comparison chart below to see which Wi-Fi option is best for you.

Connect to eduroam

To access campus Wi-Fi, a key or password is needed. Follow these steps to get your auto-generated password, there is no option to create your own password.

For those returning to campus:

  1. Use your CalNet ID to log into the Wi-Fi key website.
  2. Click on your username, a new row will appear with an option to print.
  3. Select “Print” to reveal your password, copy this to use when logging into eduroam. Watch this short video for help.
  4. Choose “eduroam” from the Wi-Fi network options on your device, enter username (YourCalNetID @berkeley.edu, this may be different from your bConnected email address) and your password. 
  5. Once you have done this the first time, your device should automatically use eduroam whenever you are within an area where it is provided.

For those new to campus:

  1. Use your CalNet ID to log into the Wi-Fi key website.
  2. Select “Create New Guest Account.”
  3. Enter your User ID into the Your User ID field, it must match the ID listed above it.
  4. Leave Account Activation option set to “Now” then click “Create.”
  5. The next screen will show you an automatically generated password for use with eduroam.
  6. Choose “eduroam” from the Wi-Fi network options on your device, enter username (YourCalNetID @berkeley.edu, this may be different from your bConnected email address) and your password. 
  7. Once you have done this the first time, your device should automatically use eduroam whenever you are within an area where it is provided.

Campus Wi-Fi Options

Which option is best for you?

eduroam logo CalVisitor logo

Description

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

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

Availability
Campus and Visitors (from other institutions) Visitors (no passphrase required)
Get Connected

Connect to eduroam following the steps provided above.

Note: Your eduroam ID is your CalNet ID followed by @berkeley.edu, for example, if your CalNet ID is oski, you should enter "oski @berkeley.edu"

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. Visitors on campus for collaboration can request guest access to eduroam from their campus sponsor or contact.

Web-Based Authentication No No

Secure Access (One-Time Login)


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

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