Basic instructions – connect to BU (802.1x) and log in
Boston University’s wireless network is secured using the IEEE 802.1x standard. Most people will be able to connect to BU (802.1x) quickly and easily. When your computer or device finds BU (802.1x) on the network and presents it in your list of network choices, simply select it and log in to it, using your BU login name and Kerberos password.
Under most circumstances, your computer or device will now remember the BU (802.1x) choice and you shouldn’t need to select it again. If, for some reason, more detailed configuration instructions are needed, read on…
It’s also good to know…
- For security reasons, and because they interfere with existing BU network addresses, personal wireless access points are prohibited in the residences.
- For best results, when purchasing new devices, look for those that support 802.11a/g/n. Devices that only support g/n (without the 802.11a/n – 5 Ghz.) are more likely to experience sluggishness in places where there is a high density of wireless device usage.
- Not all devices are supported on the wireless network. Please view these examples of wireless devices that will not work.
As needed – Detailed instructions and troubleshooting
Set up BU (802.1x) using the applicable instructions below. If you do not find your wireless device in the following list, visit our Unsupported Wireless Device page.
- Windows 10
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP (including Windows Mobile)
- Mac OS X
- Apple iPhone or iPod Touch
- Linux (includes Ubuntu Linux)
As needed – Set BU (802.1x) as the default SSID:
If you had previously used one of the other BU networks, your computer or device might try to connect to that network first. In order to be sure your computer connects by default to BU (802.1x), make sure you followed the related steps in the Troubleshooting section of our configuration documentation.