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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 ithelp@bu.edu.

Please Note: The BU 802.1x wireless network will be retired on Sunday, June 30, 2024. Once decommissioned, eduroam will be the primary wireless network at Boston University. Visit out TechWeb news article to lean more about this transition

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.

Key Features

  • 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.

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