Large public Wi-Fi networks like we have on campus operate differently than a simple, private network like you probably have set up in your home. At times, the difference can be a source of frustration to students. This article is intended to help you better understand campus Wi-Fi so that you can eliminate that frustration and navigate it like a pro.
Campus Wi-Fi is available in more than 40 buildings spread out over more than 200 acres. To ensure that campus Wi-Fi is available only to KU students, faculty and staff, all users are required to log in with their KU username and password.
The Wi-Fi network prevalent throughout most non-residential spaces on campus is BearNet. Because Wi-Fi users in academic buildings tend to be transient (i.e. regularly moving between buildings and classrooms), BearNet is designed to be session-based. Some facts about BearNet:
The Wi-Fi network prevalent throughout residential areas on campus is ResNet WiFi. Some facts about ResNet WiFi:
If you’re not connected to BearNet or ResNet WiFi, you’re attaching to someone else’s network. Many student-owned devices broadcast Wi-Fi network names that likely aren’t set up to let you connect to the Internet.
2. Try browsing to any web page
Your device could be waiting to redirect you to the captive portal so you can log in. Open a browser and enter any URL (e.g. www.kutztown.edu) to force a redirection to the login page.
3. Turn Wi-Fi off/on
Because of inherent issues with roaming between and within some buildings (particularly among some smart phones), it may be helpful to turn your device’s Wi-Fi off/on, forcing it to establish a new path to the Internet.
If you have any questions or a specific concern about Wi-Fi use on campus, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.