Quick Start Guide

What you need:

  • An internet capable device, such as laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Almost any Wi-Fi certified wireless network card or wireless laptop will work on the network. It is strongly recommend that a wireless card that supports 802.1x using WPA2 and CCX (or is upgradeable to these standards) is purchased. The Wireless Internet Access service supports 802.11b/g/n and will have increasing 802.11a support in high density areas.
  • A Campus-Wide Login (CWL) account

Quick Connect

  1. Enable the wireless on your laptop or device. For Windows computers, we recommend that you use Windows Wireless Management instead of the manufacturer's utility to manage the wireless card.
  2. Connect to a network. UBC offers two primary networks:
    • Secure Wireless (ubcsecure)
      • Visit the ubcsecure wireless page for setup instructions for your operating system.
        Note: Users operating devices with MAC OSX 10.7.5 and older may not be able to access the ubcsecure network. In addition, Windows users with legacy wireless network driver versions may experience similar issues connecting to ubcsecure. UBCIT highly recommends installing the latest software and driver updates in order to maintain the integrity of secured network connections.
    • Open Wireless (ubcvistor) - Recommended
      1. Select the SSID "ubcvisitor" and press connect
      2. Open your web browser, and you will automatically be redirected to the wireless login site. Enter your email address and accept the user agreement to connect to the wireless service, after which you should be able to access the internet. For more information and techincal support, visit the ubcvisitor wireless page.

"ubcsecure" vs "ubcvisitor" Wireless

The "ubcvisitor" network is a standard public network that provides standard insecure wireless connectivity for visitors to the campus for light web browsing at no charge. The "ubcsecure" network is encrypted for a secure connection, and is available to any UBC member with an active Campus Wide Login account. A one time configuration is required, but you'll bypass having to login every time!