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:
1. 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.
2. 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’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.
If you have any questions or a specific concern about Wi-Fi use on campus, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.