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UMD Wireless Network Access

Wireless service is available throughout most of the UMD main campus, including most classrooms, lecture halls, and study areas (library, coffee shop, Kirby Plaza), and residence halls (see: ResNet for details).

There are three separate wireless services available on campus:


How to access UMD-Wireless service

Signing In

UMDNet Sign-in Window
UMD Network Authentication window

Signing Out

UMDNet Authentication Enabled window

Signing In

  1. On your wireless device, open any web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari). The initial UMD Network Registration window should be automatically displayed.
  2. Click the "Continue" button.
  3. On the UMDNet Authentication window, type in your University Internet (email) user name and password.
  4. If this is your personal computer, you can check "Keep me logged in for the next 90 days" to bypass this authentication window. After 90 days, you will be prompted to authenticate again.
  5. Select the LOGIN button.
  6. Once you have successfully authenticated, the UMD home page will be displayed (

Signing Out

If your network activity is idle for 90 minutes, you will automatically be logged out.

If you wish to manually sign out before that time:

  1. Return to
  2. Select the LOGOUT button to close your connection.

How to access UMD-Guest wireless service

guest login
  1. Connect your wireless client to the UMD-Guest-Wireless service (see How do I switch wireless service?).
  2. Open a web browser (Firefox, IE) and the "Guest User Rights and Responsibilities" should be displayed.
    NOTE: Guest wireless service is rate-limited and restricted to web-only access. There is no access to any authenticated services such as email, Google Apps, Moodle, PeopleSoft, file sharing, VPN, sftp, Library databases, etc. If you have a University Internet ID, you should be using UMD-Wireless.
  3. Read the terms, then click "I Accept the Terms of Use" to continue.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I switch wireless service?

Windows instructions

Windows screenshot 1. Click on the wireless network icon in the notification area near your system clock.

2. Click on UMD-Wireless in the Wireless Network Connection list.

3. If needed, open your web browser to authenticate to the network.

Mac instructions

Mac Screenshot 1. Click on the Wi-Fi options menu located in the top right corner of your screen near the system clock.

2. Select UMD-Wireless.

3. If needed, open your web browser to authenticate to the network.

iOS instructions

iOS Screen Shot 1. Open your Settings.

2. Choose Wi-Fi.

3. Select UMD-Wireless.

4. If needed, open your web browser to authenticate to the network.

Android instructions

Android screenshot

1. Touch the Settings icon on a Home or All Apps screen.

2. Touch Wireless & networks > Wi-Fi.

3. Touch UMD-Wireless.

4. If needed, open your web browser to authenticate to the network.

When should I use VPN?

Most University services now employ secure connections (https:// access), including email/Gmail, Google Apps, Moodle, Peoplesoft, eGradebook, myUMD Portal, and others. For those that do not, use the UMD VPN software while on UMD-Wireless.

Can I put my own wireless access point on the network?

No. Wireless hubs must be carefully deployed so that they do not interfere with one another. Additionally, University standards require that wireless networking hubs have security and authentication built into them to ensure that unauthorized persons will not be able to gain access to the University network. Because of these and other issues, clients may not install wireless access points (or other network equipment) on the University network. This includes offices and the residence halls. For details, see: Policy on Use of the UMD Network.

Does wireless access replace wired access?

In most cases, wireless technology should be used as an extension to the wired network in areas where wiring is not practical, and not as a replacement for wired connections. A wired connection will, in general, perform better than a wireless connection and will be necessary to support a high-performance network.

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