Wireless is now available throughout all campus libraries. (See map) There are separate networks available for University of Illinois affiliates and other members of the public. The following is a brief introduction to using wireless within the libraries. For further information, connect to CITES at http://www.cites.illinois.edu/wireless/index.html.
You need a wireless device that is compatible with either the 802.11b, 802.11a, or 802.11g wireless networking standards (802.11n is also supported in some areas).
The fastest and easiest way for campus users to connect to the UIUCnet Wireless network is to open a web browser and enter a website address, and you will then be forwarded to the UIUCnet QuickConnect login. One you are authenticated with your NetID, you will be forwarded to your original web page.
UI Public Wireless Access is a CITES service designed for visitors who need wireless Internet connectivity while on campus. This service is for visitors who have no affiliation with the University. It is NOT recommended for members of the University of Illinois community. The public wireless network limits users to only a few resources,
Although you can do many things using QuickConnect, the VPN is more secure and is the only way to access the full range of networking options from a wireless computer. For a more detailed explanation of the advantages of the VPN, please visit the VPN for Wireless Users page. Without the VPN, even authenticated users can only access websites, instant messaging, and email services.
If you are affiliated with the University of Illinois, you can access library resources, such as online databases, by logging in to them through a proxy server with your NetID. If you are a public patron, you cannot access library resources through the wireless network.
If you are not affiliated with the University of Illinois, you may be able to get a short term account to access computing resources at the University. You must have a faculty, staff, or student sponsor request access for you. For more information, see the CITES guest accounts page (Note: you will need a NetID and Password to view the page). For more information, see the CITES guest accounts page. These accounts do not include access to library resources.
Long-term guest Net IDs provide a higher level of service than regular guest accounts and can include access to the Library's e-resources. Scholars visiting the Library for an extended period of time may contact the University Librarian's office regarding sponsorship for a guest Net ID. Scholars visiting other academic units on campus may work with their sponsoring departments/colleges to obtain a guest Net ID if needed.
IllinoisNet is a wireless internet service offered on the University campus. For more information on IlinoisNet, go to http://www.cites.illinois.edu/wireless/wpa2/index.html.
IllinoisNet is more secure, has more functionality (e.g. access to VPN), and is easier to use once you set it up. Quick Connect allows you to use older wireless cards or operating systems. For more information between the differences, see chart.
Created by Jenny Emanuel. Updated by John Chan, October, 2010.