The various wireless networks at UCCS have certain minimum requirements to join. The details of these requirements are outlined below. Click on the various topics to explore in depth details pertaining to the requirements that must be met in order to successfully connect to our wireless networks.
The following device operating systems are supported on all of our wireless networks:
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows 10
- OSX 10.5+
Chromebooks, Linux flavored operating systems, and other OS's, while not officially supported, are often compatible and will connect to our wireless networks. They must meet the other system requirements detailed below, such as: wireless adapter types, authentication and encryption methods, etc.
The wireless adapter on your device must comply with IEEE 802.11 standards. The following standards are supported on all of our wireless networks:
- 802.11ac (wave1 and wave2)
Support and implementation for the newest standard (802.11ax, aka WiFi-6) is under development and testing by the Wireless Team. Ratification of this new standard is still being finalized by IEEE, and is expected to happen sometime in Q1 2020.
Note that bridging or binding adapters is not supported.
The following requirements apply if connecting to the UCCS-Wireless or eduroam networks. These do not apply if connecting to the UCCS-Guest network, which is an open and unsecure network. We highly recommend utilizing the UCCS-Wireless or eduroam networks as they are secure and encrypted. Most consumer devices (for example, laptops and iPhones) come with these standards already implemented in the device's software.
Your device must support the following protocols and frameworks:
Your device must support the following encryption method:
The following requirements apply if connecting to the UCCS-Wireless or eduroam networks. These do not apply if connecting to the UCCS-Guest network, which is an open and unsecure network. We highly recommend utilizing the UCCS-Wireless or eduroam networks as they are secure and encrypted.
Trusting our server certificates
When you connect to the network for the first time on a device, you may be prompted to trust our server's security certificate. This helps ensure you are connecting to legitimate UCCS servers, and not fake/imposter networks. To be sure you are connecting to a legitimate UCCS server, the security certificate presented to your device has a unique fingerprint you can verify to be sure it is our server. For detailed information on the fingerprints and how to check these, visit our Information about Wireless Certificates page.
The following bullets detail other requirements in order to join and utilize the wireless networks at UCCS...
- Personal routers and other NAT devices are prohibited on campus. Your device should be directly connected to the UCCS network.
- Your device should be setup for DHCP and not a static IP address (DHCP is usually enabled by default on most devices).
- Binding/bridging wireless adapters is not supported.
- Any peer-to-peer sharing (BitTorrent, Vuze, etc...) must be conducted in a legal manor and not in violation of the DMCA.
While we cannot officially support every device available on the market, we will try our best to offer support. We try to support all leading vendors and manufacturers of hardware, software, operating systems, wireless cards, etc. If you ever have issues connecting to the wireless network here at UCCS, please contact our Help Desk.
Issue: Your device is not capable of 802.11x authentication.
Workaround: Connect to the UCCS-Guest wireless network. Although this is an unsecure network, it will provide you with an internet connection.
Issue: You do not have a UCCS username and password.
Workaround: Connect to the UCCS-Guest wireless network to be presented guest access options.