Is ‘guest’ wireless network access available on campus?

Is ‘guest’ wireless network access available on campus?

Guest network access is specifically for visitors bringing their own device with 802.11 wireless (Wi-Fi) capability to connect from campus to the Internet. Guest access is granted short-term for individuals or groups with legitimate business or academic needs and are sponsored by a University department.

The UNC-Guest wireless SSID provides guest access network connectivity to those individuals without an Onyen (authentication ID) and are attending a University-sponsored activity. This service provides web, email and VPN access to off-campus destinations and web only access to on-campus hosts, once the user has accepted the terms and conditions for campus guest Wireless Internet Access.

To access this wireless network service:

  • Once you’ve configured your wireless to connect to the UNC-Guest network.
  • Open your web browser to any URL. You will be redirected to the guest Terms and Conditions page.
  • Once you accept those terms, your web browser will then go directly to your originally specified destination.

UNC-Guest SSID is not available on all wireless access points across the campus. Given the support issues associated with guest access as well as the fact that UNC-Chapel Hill network users that have an Onyen might accidentally connect to this service rather than to the production eduroam/UNC-PSK wireless network, the guest access mode will only be enabled on access points by departmental request via Remedy tickets. The ticket should indicate the location of one or more existing access points within a building on which this service is requested, as well as the contact information of the departmental IT support staff who will be available to provide assistance to guest users at those locations.