Wireless Network Access

A robust wireless data network provides access to NC State campus computing services and the Internet for all students, faculty and staff at the main campus, Centennial campus and the College of Veterinary Medicine. This network is currently based on 802.11 a/g/n/ac protocols and is maintained by Communication Technologies. They are working toward full implementation of the 802.11n/ac protocol, which will enhance wireless coverage in classrooms and throughout the campuses.

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Free secure wireless Internet access, provided by eduroam (education roaming), is now available at NC State and at thousands of other educational and research institutions in dozens of countries.  As an NC State student, faculty or staff member, when you enroll in eduroam locally, you are automatically enrolled at every other participating institution worldwide. For more information about this service visit eduroam.orgThis link will open in a new window.

Enrolling in eduroam

You'll need only your Unity ID and password to get started.
Go to Enroll in eduroamThis link will open in a new window and follow the prompts.
NOTE: We recommend that you enroll now and begin using eduroam.
Eventually, the "ncsu" service set identifier (SSID) will be discontinued.

Connecting to the NC State wireless network with eduroam

  • NC State students faculty and staff
    If you have enrolled in eduroam, your device will connect to the campus wireless network automatically, as soon as you turn it on. You will not need to log in with your Unity ID and password.
  • Guests
    • Visitors from an institution that participates in eduroam should connect automatically to our eduroam network.
    • Other visitors will have access to our guest wireless network.

Connecting to eduroam at another institution

After you've enrolled in eduroam at NC State, when you are in the wireless coverage area at another participating institution, you should be connected automatically to its wireless network, without signing in. If not, then select "eduroam" from the list of available wi-fi networks on your device.

Connecting to the NC State wireless network without eduroam

  • NC State students, faculty and staff
    Your device should detect the network automatically.
    From your list of available wireless networks, select "ncsu" and enter your Unity ID and password.
    If you register your device, you will not need to enter these credentials every time.
    For details, see Nomad Registration.
    NOTE:
    We recommend that you enroll in eduroam now and begin using it.
    Eventually, the "ncsu" service set identifier (SSID) will be discontinued.
  • Guests
    Your device should detect the network automatically.
    To connect, see Guest Wireless.

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