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Connecting to the University's Network


The UOnet is the network that is used across the university campus. This includes the WiFi internet, computer logins and VPN access.

The university has several WiFi networks available. Select the correct network based on your affiliation:

  • If you are a student, faculty or staff please use UO Secure. See Configuring your device for UO Secure.
  • If you are an unaffiliated or sponsored guest on campus, use UO Guest.
  • If you are a guest from Oregon State University or another eduroam-participating institution, you may use eduroam.


WiFi Access

The UO provides WiFi internet access across campus to anyone with a Duck ID. Faculty and staff can sponsor a guest for internet access. As of January 8, 2016, guests can also register themselves for wireless internet access. Visitors to and from Oregon State University can use eduroam for access.

Available Networks

  • UO Secure is the recommended WiFi network at UO for all students, faculty, and staff. Learn how to connect to UO Secure.
  • eduroam can be used by guests visiting from Oregon State and other eduroam-participating institutions. To learn more about the eduroam network, see eduroam Wireless Network.
  • uowireless is the basic WiFi network on campus. Anyone with a Duck ID can connect to it.
  • UO Guest is the network provided for guests with Wireless Network Guest Access.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

VPN is a set of software and hardware that enables your computer to transparently connect to a remote network as if you were physically attached to that network. Communication between your computer and the remote VPN hardware is secure (encrypted). VPN is useful for accessing resources (library's databases, electronic journals, etc.) that are normally restricted to campus use. Learn more about how to use VPN.

Students in the Residence Halls

For information on how to connect to UOnet from the residence halls and other housing-related network details, see Get Connected to the Residence Hall Network.

Wireless Network Guest Access

Oregon State Guests from Oregon State and other eduroam-participating institutions may access the eduroam network using their username and password provided by their home institution.

Other guests visiting the university can gain access to the UO Guest network in one of two ways: by registering themselves or through sponsorship by a faculty or staff member. For more information, see Wireless Network Guest Access. If your guest needs more than internet access, they may need a Sponsored Account.

Portland State Guests from Portland State should register themselves for access to the UO Guest network.

Ethernet (wired) Access

Most common operating systems (Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, Mac OS X/MacOS) do not require any configuration to use a wired connection. Simply plug one end of the ethernet cable into your computer and the other into the ethernet jack. You can verify your connection works by opening a web browser and loading a web page.

If you have no active ethernet jack, you can request jack activation.

Modem (dial-up) Access

The university has discontinued its modem (dial-up) internet service as of February 12, 2015.


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