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.

Connect to eduroam or Berkeley-IoT

Please note that Berkeley-IoT is not yet available at all campus locations. Berkely-IoT is scheduled for release to the entire campus community in January 2023. 

Connect to eduroam

  • Choose “eduroam” from the Wi-Fi network options on your device, enter your username (YourCalNetID @berkeley.edu). This may be different from your bConnected email address and the password you use to access email. 
  • 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.

Connect to Berkeley-IoT

  • Choose “Berkeley-IoT” from the Wi-Fi network options on your device and enter the shared secret assigned to you by the Wi-Fi Keys page. Your device may refer to the shared secret as a password.
  • Each device has a unique shared secret, so an account must be created for each device connecting to 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:

Wi-Fi Key/Password for eduroam and Berkeley-IoT

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

Campus Wi-Fi Options

Which option is best for you?

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Berkeley-IoT (Internet of Things)

In pilot testing for launch in January 2023

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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 in almost all buildings across UC Berkeley 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

Connect to eduroam following the steps provided above.

Your Berkeley-IoT shared secrets will not work on the eduroam Wi-Fi network.

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"

Try connecting your device to eduroam first.

If your device is not compatible, or the IoT network is a better fit for its use, follow the steps provided above.

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.

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

Wi-Fi Help Pages

Helpful articles to get connected to eduroam and Berkeley-IoT follow. General help can also be found by searching the Knowledge Base

Campus Visitors

Short-term visitors and guests may use CalVisitor, an open Wi-Fi network that requires no password. Departments who have longer-term visitors have two options for providing campus guests access to eduroam. For either option, there is no difference in performance speed and no maximum for concurrent logins:

  • Sponsor UCB affiliate access for guests who need it, providing individual credentials to each of the guests. This requires someone in the department to sponsor and maintain affiliate access for each guest.
  • Create a SPA (Special Purpose Account) to create an eduroam account and Wi-Fi password which can be provided to guests to connect to eduroam.

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