Wireless Access on Campus

OSU has a variety of wireless networks depending on the audience and their need. Generally, we recommend that students use the OSU_Secure network when on campus.

Hardware Information

Information Services advises students purchasing laptops and tablets to purchase a device with a dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) wireless adapter so that they are able to access the network at the higher speed 5 GHz band.

  • All Macintosh computers and iPads ship with a 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz dual-band adapter for high-speed access.

  • Although many Windows laptops ship with dual-band adapters, not all do, and it is often not obvious what kind of adapter is included. Look for adapters that might be described as:

    • 802.11abgn

    • 802.11a/n (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)

    • 802.11n (5 GHz)

    • Dual-band

  • Many smartphones are only capable of accessing the 2.4 GHz band.

Please consult the OSU Computer Helpdesk if you have questions about purchasing or upgrading equipment that lets you access the high-speed network.

OSU_Secure - the recommended network

OSU_Secure is the best option for those on campus who require data encryption while accessing the Internet via a wireless connection. The network uses a 48-bit initialization vector and a 128-bit encryption key and utilizes Temporary Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) to achieve security.

We strongly recommend that you connect to the Internet using a secure connection, even if you just plan to hang out on Facebook for a bit.

OSU_Access - the alternative

To connect to the OSU_Access wireless network, we recommend that you register your device with Maintain (link opens in new window). Maintain is a network management software that registers users onto the wireless network on campus. Then you'll be ready to connect, and you won't need to enter your username and password every time you wish to connect to OSU_Access.

If you live in a dorm on campus, you'll be able to use the ResNet wireless network (in addition to the wired ResNet network). And all persons who have an ONID account may access the OSU_Secure wireless network throughout campus.

Wireless Connection Setup

For complete instructions, please see the OSU_Secure helpdoc (scroll down the page for the list of supported operating systems and links to specific setup instructions).