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Choose from campus provided Wi-Fi options

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Eduroam (recommended)

We recommend that students connect to the Eduroam network: a secure network requiring authentication available throughout campus and in campus housing (except in University Village where Wi-Fi is only provided in common areas). Students must have a secure connection to the campus network to use campus resources (e.g. digital library resources). 

To use Eduroam:

  • You must have a valid CalNet ID.
  • You will need to create an AirBears2 key to login to Eduroam. You can create this before coming to campus in order to get online right when you arrive on campus.
  • If you have trouble connecting to Eduroam, visit cat.eduroam.org to download the Configuration Assistant Tool.
  • You may also email sts-help@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-HELP for assistance

In addition, Eduroam provides network access at participating institutions world-wide. When visiting a participating institution, UC Berkeley students who have configured their device to use eduroam can automatically connect to that institution's network.

CalVisitor

CalVisitor provides basic network access for visitors to campus who do not have a CalNet ID. CalVisitor is less secure than Eduroam and does not encrypt wireless traffic. Some campus resources may not be accessible while connected with CalVisitor.

AirBears2 (being phased out)

The campus is phasing out the AirBears2 network, so we recommend all students make the transition to the Eduroam network, which provides a stronger, secure connection for the campus.

If you choose to continue to use AirBears2:

  • You must have a valid CalNet ID.
  • You will need to create an AirBears2 key to login. You can create this before coming to campus in order to get online right when you arrive on campus.
  • If you have trouble connecting, you may also email sts-help@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-HELP for assistance.

Personal Wireless Routers & Wired Internet Connections

Wireless Routers

Personal wireless routers are not permitted where Wi-Fi is already provided. Their signals can cause interference and degrade network connectivity. 

Because Wi-Fi is not provided in University Village, only UVA residents are permitted to set up their own Wi-Fi using a personal router.

See setting up a wireless router and our Wi-Fi FAQ for more information.

Wired Internet Connections

Beginning August 19, 2019, Ethernet (wired) network ports will be disabled in housing units (except UVA and CKC Building 19 and 20). If your device or location does not support AirBears2/Eduroam, you may submit a request to activate a port in your unit by calling the helpdesk 510-642-HELP (4357) or emailing us at sts-help@berkeley.edu. Requests can take up to 5-10 business days, depending on request volume, if you live in any of the following areas:

  • Channing-Bowditch
  • Clark Kerr Campus
  • Foothill (Hillside, La Loma)
  • Jackson House
  • Manville Hall
  • Martinez Commons
  • Stern Hall
  • Unit 1 (Cheney, Christian, Deutsch, Freeborn, Putnam, Slottman)
  • Unit 2 (Cunningham, Davidson, Ehrman, Griffiths, Towle, Wada)
  • Unit 3 (Cleary, Ida Sproul, Norton, Priestley, Spens-Black)
  • University Village

If the residence you live in is not listed above, please check with your on-site staff for assistance.

Here are some quick tips to stay safe while online:

  • Set a strong password
  • Install antivirus 
  • Activate your firewall
  • Enable automatic updates
  • Make sure your operating system is up-to-date
  • Enroll in CalNet 2-Step Verification for added security

Review our security page for even more tips on getting and staying secure.

University Village residents with personal routers: Because information sent over personal wireless networks is vulnerable to being compromised, we strongly recommend consulting with Student Technology Services about wireless security. We can answer your questions and help you set up your network in-person, over the phone, or by email.