Wireless Network Access

A robust wireless data network provides access to NC State campus computing services and to the internet on the Main Campus, Centennial Campus, and Centennial Biomedical Campus.

For Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • ncsu
    • Primary campus wireless service (also called Nomad).
    • To automatically connect to campus Wi-Fi and avoid entering your Unity ID and password each time, register all your devices. See Nomad Registration.
  • eduroam
    • Encrypted wireless Internet service (education roaming).
    • Enrolling a wireless device in eduroam at NC State allows you to use that device at any of thousands of other educational and research institutions that participate in eduroam worldwide.
    • We HIGHLY recommend that you be on the NC State campus when you initially enroll in eduroam.
      We have limited ability to support or troubleshoot enrollment issues with off-site systems.
    • NOTE:
      • If you have difficulties using eduroam, you can maintain campus network connection by registering your devices and using the ncsu network. See Nomad Registration.

For Guests

NC State’s Guest Wireless network is available to visitors, recruiters, alumni, and other guests in many campus areas. For connectivity questions, contact the NC State Help Desk during business hours.

  • ncsu-guest
    • Unsecured wireless service for all university visitors, limited to the following:
      • Web pages (http and https)
      • Most commonly used virtual private network (VPN) applications
      • Note: To connect to an external VPN, you will need to provide your own VPN software
    • Not recommended for student, faculty or staff use.
    • Software that uses non-standard ports may have trouble connecting.
    • To log in:
      • Change your SSID to: ncsu-guest
      • Open a web browser to be redirected to: Guest Wireless Access
      • Click on the I Agree button.
  • eduroam
    • Only for guests already enrolled in eduroam at a participating organization
    • Connection to eduroam should be automatic.
      If it isn’t, then connect to 
      ncsu-guest.
    • No login is needed.

Using eduroam

  • At NC State, to enroll in eduroam while connected to the ncsu wireless network:
    • Go to Sign up for eduroam, enter your Unity ID and password, and follow the prompts to install the items needed for your device.
  • To enroll in eduroam without being connected to NC State’s campus wireless network:
    • You’ll need VPN access.
    • NOTE: Enrollment may work with the use of our VPN, but we have limited ability to support or troubleshoot enrollment or installation issues with off-site systems.
  • To use eduroam, after you’ve enrolled either at NC State or another institution participating in eduroam:
    • Just turn on your enrolled device.
    • It should connect to the network automatically, without logging in.
    • If the connection isn’t automatic, from the list of Wi-Fi networks, select:
      eduroam
  • To use eduroam with an Android device you will need to download an Android app and then install two certificates on your device as follows:
    1. From the appropriate app store for your Android device, download and install this Cloudpath Networks app: Xpress Connect.
    2. Set a lock screen on your device.
      Important: This is required for connection to eduroam. Disabling the lock screen will disconnect you from the campus wireless network. To reconnect,  you will need to lock the screen again and repeat the following steps:
    3. Open a web browser and go to https://go.ncsu.edu/eduroam.
      Note: If you experience difficulty during any of the following steps, tap the Start Over link at the top of the screen and begin again.
    4. Tap Continue, then enter your Unity ID and password
    5. Tap Continue, the under Android Device, tap Step 2.
    6. Tap Xpress Connect.
      If you see a security message about a Java application, allow it to run.
    7. At the bottom of the screen, tap Continue, then tap the OK button.
    8. In the Extract from eduroam window, just tap OK. Don’t enter a password.
    9. In the Certificate Name window, tap OK, and in the next window, tap the OK button.
    10. In the Extract from eduroam_altca window, just tap OK. Don’t enter a password.
    11. In the Certificate Name window, tap OK. Installation and configuration will complete and you will automatically connect to the campus eduroam network if you are within its coverage area.

Wireless Policies

Additional Information