Wireless network access

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Availability and coverage 

Wireless network access is available in all campus buildings as well as outdoor gathering locations including Prairie Line Trail, Gillenwater Plaza, courtyards along the Grand Staircase and walkways that make up the campus.

Logging in

Web browsing

While connected to the UW Tacoma wireless network, you may browse websites inside the washington.edu or uw.edu domains without logging in. If you use a web browser to connect to services and websites outside the UW network, you will automatically be prompted to enter your UW NetID and password.

Other services

If you are using a non-web service (e.g., secure terminal or file transfer tools) you must FIRST run a browser and view any web page outside the UW to bring up the authentication page noted above. Once you have successfully authenticated you will be able to view websites and use services outside the UW for the rest of the day.

Remote file access

It is possible to connect to your H:\ drive and S:\ drives through the wireless network only if you have a previously approved remote file access (RFA) connection.  See RFA instructions.

Wireless laptop computers available

UW Tacoma students can check out laptop computers in the following locations:

  • Library:  Check-out available at Circulation desk, return same day before library closes
  • Help Desk in WG 108: Visit the Equipment checkout page for more information

All of the checkout laptops are capable of using the UW Tacoma wireless network. Checkout policies vary; for example, the library computers are restricted to use in the library only. To access sites off of the UW Tacoma network, you will be required to login with your UW NetID.