Wireless Access

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As part of the University of Minnesota's system-wide Next Generation Project (NGN), UMD WiFi networks have changed. UMD now has two wireless service options available:

  • eduroam: secure WiFi access for current students, faculty and staff
  • UofM-Guest:  preferred WiFi access for non-University guests


eduroam (education roaming) provides a secure, encrypted connection between your device and the wireless access point. eduroam is the secure WiFi access for current University students, faculty and staff.  Additionally, eduroam allows you to use your UMD WiFi authentication at any eduroam hotspot in the world and join instantly and securely.

Connecting to eduroam

  1. Select Eduroam Wifi
    On your device, navigate to the area where you can view all WiFi networks that are in range. Select eduroam from the list of available networks.

  2. Log in to the Network
    Your device will now prompt you to log in to the network. Use your full UMD email address and password to sign in:

    • Username: YourInternetID@d.umn.edu
    • Password:  Your Internet ID password (same as email, MyU, etc.)

If you're having trouble connecting:

  • Make sure you're using your FULL email address (jdoe@d.umn.edu).
  • If you are prompted to trust a certificate - go ahead and do so.
  • If you are still getting errors, try forgetting the network and reconnecting.
  • Make sure eduroam is your preferred network.
  • Check your device drivers. Out-of-date drivers are a common cause of WiFi connectivity problems on Windows machines. Make sure all of your drivers are updated.
  • View the Eduroam Self-Help Guide for step-by-step connection and troubleshooting help.
  • Try the manual configuration below.
SSID/Network Name eduroam
Security Type WPA2 – Enterprise
Encryption AES
CA Certificate Do not validate

EAP Method

EAP Type


Phase 2 Authentication

Inner EAP Type



Anonymous Identity


Insert your full email address: [Username]@d.umn.edu
Password Insert your email password


UofM-Guest is the preferred network for guests at the University of Minnesota, including alumni and former University employees.

Connecting to UofM-Guest

  1. On your device, navigate to the area where you can view all WiFi networks that are in range.
  2. Select UofM Guest from the list of available WiFi networks.
  3. A web browser will automatically open to a network authentication page. This page explains the terms and conditions you agree to by using the guest WiFi.
    If it does not automatically open:
    • Open a web browser (e.g., Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer).
    • Your web browser will direct you to a login page.
  4. Enter a valid email address and click Connect.

Alumni WiFi connection

If you're alumni or a former University employee and are having problems connecting to the UofM-Guest WiFi, please contact the ITSS TechCenter HelpDesk at 218-726-8847 and request a WiFi account reset.

Manual registration

If your device does not have a web browser, or if you cannot use a web browser until after your device is connected to the internet (e.g. DVD players, Nintendo Wii, etc.) you can manually register the device on UofM-Guest.   For complete instructions, see:  Register a personal device for WiFi Access

Devices with known issues

ITSS does not place limitations on the types of devices you may use on our network, nor do we restrict traffic by type. Routers and other networking devices are the major exception to this rule. Because of the disruptions they cause, personal wired or wireless hubs and routers are not allowed on the University's network.

ITSS can help get your device registered on the UMD network, but we can't guarantee that it will work. Many devices designed to work easily on a home network don't mesh well with the type of network designed to be used by 10,000+ people. While we'd love to have everything work perfectly, our resources are finite, and therefore our support is focused on uses that support an educational mission.

Devices with known issues connecting to or functioning properly on the UMD Network:

The UMD network is comprised of many subnets. Some devices require that they are on the same network subnet to communicate with each other; on our Enterprise wireless network, there's currently no way that we can guarantee that all of your devices will end up on or stay on the same subnet - even when in the same room. Sorry! Some of these include:

    • Apple AirPlay
    • Chromecast
    • Time Capsule
    • Wii's
    • PS4 - First Generation
    • Nintendo 3DS and 2DS - The DSes have struggled in the past. The older DSi's seem to work well, though.
    • Wireless Printers - We recommend using a good old fashioned USB cable or one of the campus printers. Please disable your printer's WiFi to reduce the wireless networks and noise!

Recommended WiFi Adapters

We recommend dual band WiFi adapters as our wireless network supports AC wave 2 standards.  The dual band will give users a better overall experience.