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Georgetown Wireless Services

Georgetown Wireless Services provides over-the-air access to the university computing network and the Internet; data is transmitted over radio waves between your computer and special access points.

Georgetown Wireless Services eliminates the need for data jacks and cables, allowing for truly mobile computing.

All members of the university community, including students, faculty, staff, and other affiliates, as well as visitors, can use Georgetown Wireless Services. No special accounts or provisioning are required. Individual users or departments may need to purchase 802.11b or 802.11n-compatible wireless cards for devices.

Georgetown Wireless Services is available in multiple locations around campus. Although you may be able to connect in other locations, access to Georgetown Wireless Services is not guaranteed or supported outside of the areas where UIS provides service. Check the wireless networks locations listing for specific areas.


Georgetown Wireless Services Networks

Depending on where you are located on campus, some or all of the following wireless networks will be available: 

SaxaNet

SaxaNet is Georgetown University's secure wireless network, which means any data you transmit over wireless will be encrypted between the computer and the wireless connection.

Current Georgetown students, faculty, staff, and other affiliates can connect to SaxaNet. To connect to SaxaNet, you will need to authenticate with your NetID and password.

The first time you try to connect to SaxaNet, you will be taken to a Web page that will walk you through the process of configuring your computer. Or you can follow the manual setup instructions provided on the left-hand side of this page.

GU_Wifi_Setup

At locations where SaxaNet is available, GU_WiFi_Setup will direct you to the Web site to configure your computer to SaxaNet or connect you to GuestNet. Once you have configured your computer for SaxaNet and GuestNet, you will automatically connect to the SaxaNet or GuestNet service.

GuestNet

GuestNet provides Internet access for visitors, and for other users without NetIDs. The network is also available to current Georgetown students, faculty, staff, and other affiliates.

GuestNet permits access to the Internet only. In order to access Georgetown online services (e.g., Georgetown Google Mail, GUShare, Blackboard), use SaxaNet.

GU_Visitor

GU_Visitor provides Internet access for visitors at off-campus locations, and for other users without NetIDs. The network is also available to current Georgetown students, faculty, staff, and other affiliates.

GU_Visitor permits access to the Internet only. In order to access Georgetown online services (i.e., Georgetown Google Mail, GUShare, Blackboard), use SaxaNet.

GU_Visitor is password-protected. Users who wish to connect to GU_Visitor should contact an administrative assistant in covered areas for login information.

Eduroam

Georgetown is a member of the Eduroam network, which is comprised of US and international higher education and research institutions.

Access to the Eduroam network is available to visiting students, faculty, and staff from higher education and research institutions that are part of the Eduroam network.


Supporting Georgetown Wireless Services

Georgetown Wireless Services supports any device that complies with the 802.11b or 802.11n standard. Although many operating systems and client applications can be used to configure and connect with a wireless device, UIS only provides support for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS X (10.4 through 10.7). UIS will also provide "best effort" support for other devices, such as smartphones (i.e., iPhone) and other handheld devices. Step-by-step setup instructions are available for the above operating systems.


Reporting a Problem

If you have trouble connecting or getting a signal in an area listed in Georgetown Wireless Services's covered locations, please be sure report it to your Help Desk by calling 202-687-4949 or sending e-mail to help@georgetown.edu.