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About UB's Network

Learn about the different networks available at UB, and when you should use them.

Want to connect?

For instructions, see Connecting to the UB Network with Your Device.

UB does not limit your data usage.

Wi-Fi Networks

Which Wi-Fi network should you choose? UB offers different networks for different devices. Buildings that have had Wi-Fi Boost feature a different set of networks than those which have not.

Wi-Fi Networks in Areas with Wi-Fi Boost

UB Connect

UB Connect is the place for all wireless users to start.  With UB Connect you have 3 options:

  • Use express connect to configure your device for our secure ssid (Recommended option)
  • Register your computer or gaming devices for UB Connect access, an on-campus non-secure choice. You should only connect to UB Connect when you need to connect to the UB Network and you cannot configure your device for our secure ssid (eduroam).  You must complete a one-time registration. Because it is not secure, no secure transactions should be completed on UB connect.
  • Create an account if you are a guest.  Once the account is created you can connect as a guest and log in with your account.  If you are going to be a guest for a while you can register your device.

UB Secure

UB Secure is a secure network for UB students, faculty and staff. Your UBITName and password and all data transmitted from your device to the wireless access point (the campus network) are encrypted, so you can feel safe whether you are registering for classes, making an online purchase or adding money to your UB Card.

Having trouble connecting to UB Secure Wi-Fi from your laptop? See if you accidentally added UB Gaming as a network, and if so, remove it. You should not connect to UB Gaming from a laptop.

eduroam

eduroam provides a secure, encrypted Wi-Fi connection at UB and schools worldwide that participate in eduroam.   

eduroam is also the secure Wi-Fi network for visitors from other schools that participate in eduroam. It allows them to connect to Wi-Fi and access services at their school.

Wi-Fi Networks in Areas without Wi-Fi Boost

UB Secure

UB Secure is a secure access choice for UB students, faculty and staff on UB's campus network. Your UBITName and password and all data transmitted from your device to the wireless access point (the campus network) are encrypted, so you can feel safe whether you are registering for classes, making an online purchase or adding money to your UB Card.

Having trouble connecting to UB Secure Wi-Fi from your laptop? See if you accidentally added UB Gaming as a network, and if so, remove it. You should not connect to UB Gaming from a laptop.

eduroam

eduroam provides a secure, encrypted Wi-Fi connection at UB and schools worldwide that participate in eduroam.   

eduroam is also the secure Wi-Fi network for visitors from other schools that participate in eduroam. It allows them to connect to Wi-Fi and access services at their school.

UB Wireless

UB Wireless is an on-campus non-secure choice in buildings without Wi-Fi Boost. You should only connect to UB Wireless when you need to connect to the UB Network and you cannot configure your device for UB Secure or eduroam.

You must authenticate with your UBITName and password after connecting when you browse or connect to a new location. Because it is not secure, no secure transactions should be completed on UB Wireless.

UB Guest

UB Guest is for UB guests and visitors only, in buildings that have not had Wi-Fi Boost. Guests and visitors can access the network by logging in with any email address. Wi-Fi service is limited to your Web browser and is unprotected.

UB Gaming

UB Gaming is a special Wi-Fi service to connect gaming consoles and media devices that can't use UB Secure because the device can't do Web authentication or 802.1x protocols. UB Gaming is available campus wide but used primarily within UB's Residence Halls and Apartments. There are special instructions for connecting to UB Gaming that require knowing the MAC address of your gaming or media device.

Wired Networks

ResNet in Richmond

Resnet in Richmond is a pilot deployment that combines wireless and wired ports on the same system.  It is currently only available in Richmond. It allows you to connect to the UB Network from within UB residence halls and campus apartments using a wired Ethernet connection. To use ResNet in Richmond, you must purchase a cat-5 Ethernet cable. 20' or longer cables are recommended for ease in arranging furniture. Each residence hall room contains one Ethernet jack per occupant.

Residential Network (ResNet)

ResNet allows you to connect to the UB Network from within UB residence halls and campus apartments using a wired Ethernet connection. The original ResNet network is available in all campus apartments and in all residence halls excluding Richmond. To use ResNet, you must purchase a cat-5 Ethernet cable. 20' or longer cables are recommended for ease in arranging furniture. Each residence hall room or apartment contains one Ethernet jack per occupant.

OpenPort is an access method at UB to connect to the UB Network using publicly accessible network jacks and Ethernet cabling. To use OpenPort, you must purchase a cat-5 Ethernet cable.  

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