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Division of Information Technology

New Way to Connect to WiFi on Columbia Campus

As part of the wireless improvement project, which improved WiFi in residence halls across the Columbia campus, the Division of Information Technology is pleased to announce the availability of the global eduroam network. Eduroam is now the primary way students, faculty and staff connect their laptops, phones and other devices to wireless. Here are some important things to note.

What changes:

  • Students, faculty and staff will no longer see USCFacStaff, USCStudent or EntertaiNET as wireless network options on the Columbia campus. Only eduroam and Guest will appear in wireless menus.
  • When you come back to campus, you must reconnect your devices to eduroam by selecting the network, then entering your Network Username followed by You then enter the password associated with your Network Username.
  • Regardless of your email suffix, you must enter behind your Network Username in order to connect to eduroam. For example, if your Network Username is jdoe, you must enter, not just jdoe to connect to eduroam. Detailed instructions are available:
  • Individuals who have already returned to campus and previously connected to eduroam will need to “forget” the network and reconnect to it. Here are instructions for Apple and Windows.
  • The eduroam network will be available in all buildings on the Columbia campus. 

Why eduroam?

  • Many higher education institutions across the globe use eduroam as their primary wireless network. More than 10,000 eduroam hotspots are available at universities, research centers and schools across the world. 
  • It provides a higher level of security than conventional wireless networks. 
  • Employees and students can use their UofSC credentials to connect to the eduroam network when they visit other institutions that also use the network at no cost. This is a convenient, and secure way to access wireless. 
  • All other questions should be directed to the UofSC IT Service Desk at 803-777-1800.

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