There are a number of ways to access WiFi networks while using the University of California, Berkeley Libraries. Depending on the user's status, these services can wirelessly connect users to licensed library resources as well as the full range of publicly available internet resources.
Patrons using the UC Berkeley Libraries, depending on their status, have a variety of options for accessing Campus WiFi networks. Below is a brief listing:
eduroam (education roaming) is world-wide roaming access service that allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions.
To use eduroam on the UC Berkeley Campus, you must create an Wi-Fi Key and configure your computer by following these steps:
1. Use your CalNet ID to create Wi-Fi key - If you already have a Wi-Fi key you can skip this step. To create a key, use your CalNet Passphrase to log into the WiFi Keys website and follow the instructions provided.
2. Configure your device or computer - Connect to the eduroam SSID, and provide your CalNet ID @berkeley.edu as the user name, for example if your CalNet ID is oski, you would enter "firstname.lastname@example.org." Enter your WiFi Key as the password. Once you have done this, your device should automatically use eduroam whenever you are at an institution that provides it. Visit eduroam.org for more information about this service.
3. Accept an SSL certificate for wireless-auth.berkeley.edu - To keep our wireless network secure, authentication for eduroam is protected by an SSL certificate. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and an SSL certificate is a digital certificate that authenticates a website's identity and enables an encrypted connection. These certificates must be renewed each year. You may need to provide your approval before the certificate is accepted, allowing you to connect to Wi-Fi. See the campus Wi-Fi Services page for more information.
For assistance in using eduroam contact: IST Support.
CalVisitor provides a basic level of WiFi access for those without a CalNet ID. This free service is intended to support the Internet access needs of campus visitors. To access CalVisitor, simply configure your WiFi enabled device to select CalVisitor as the SSID for your wireless networking needs. No password is needed.
CalVisitor allows visitors to access their email and the Internet but does not allow access to licensed library resources. Visitors must continue to use the public PCs in the libraries to access licensed databases and journals.
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UC Berkeley provides CalVisitor as a convenience to visitors. No support is offered for devices or users with difficulty accessing the service. Any malicious activities on the network will result in the offending device being permanently banned from the network. Compromised devices (infected with viruses or other malware) will also be permanently banned. Bans are automatically implemented and can not be revoked.
Because CalVisitor is a public network it should not be used for any type of sensitive data. SSL, VPNs and other encryption technologies may be used by client devices to improve confidentiality of data sent via this network.