Available to: Students, Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Departments, New/Incoming Students, Guests
Cost: Generally, there are no charges to use non-residential network services. There may be costs associated with the installation or extension of wireless services; departments interested in these services should contact the IT Help Center using our online form or by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- See Getting Started, below.
Please Note: The BU 802.1x wireless network will be retired in the near future. Once retired, eduroam will be the primary wireless network at Boston University.
With this in mind, we encourage early adoption of the BU eduroam wireless network.
We maintain an extensive wireless network throughout the Charles River, Fenway, Medical, and certain remote campuses. With few exceptions, the design, installation, and refresh of all wireless infrastructure is done by Network Services, ensuring members of the BU community are provided with current technology that is secure and offers easy access to the network at burstable data rates up to 300 Mbps. In a few select University owned residential facilities wireless network services are provided through a commercial carrier service managed by the University.
Centralizing design, installation, management, and maintenance for the wireless network ensures homogeneity. The network functions in a predictable and reliable manner, providing simplicity, consistency, transparency, and security for everyone, regardless of where they connect to our network.Wireless devices can move freely throughout areas with wireless service, without losing network connectivity.
- Support for wireless access via 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n
- Access for University guests
What to Expect
This service normally will be available 24 by 7 except for standard change windows, as described in IS&T’s standard policies, procedures, and schedules for making changes.
Access to the University’s wireless network generally requires a device with an 802.11 Ethernet adapter, supporting either A, G, or N, and wireless services active in a particular location.
- For details and to learn how to connect your wireless device, please see the page on eduroam access for BU accounts or the page on guest access.
- Consult our map of buildings with wireless network access as well as information on outdoor wireless.
- If you have difficulty using the University’s wireless network in a particular location, please report the problem to the IT Help Center using our online form, by sending a message to email@example.com, or by calling 617-353-HELP (4357).
- If you are interested in adding wireless service in a particular location, please contact the IT Help Center using our online form or by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.