Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)

USCB mascot, Ole, using a laptopThe UCSB Library offers free wireless access (Wi-Fi) in all public areas. To access the free wireless network, you must be a current UCSB faculty, staff, or student, and must know your UCSB NetID and password.  Once you are connected you can also use our Laptop Printing service.

Connecting to the Library's Wireless Network

Make sure you have:

  • A wireless enabled device with Internet browser software installed.
  • A wireless adapter with TCP IP installed. The adapter must support 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g.
  • A UCSB NetID and password.

Instructions for connecting:

  • There are 3 wireless networks for wireless use in the Library and on campus: Eduroam, UCSB Secure, and UCSB Wireless.
  • Using your device's network utilities, look for the network you would like to use.

Eduroam

  • Requires you to do a 1-time setup on each of your devices (laptop, tablet, or phone). To do this, first connect to the "UCSB Setup" network.  Follow the instructions as they appear on your screen. 
  • Once the setup is complete you can use UCSB Secure without additional log-ins.
  • The advantage of using Eduroam over the other networks is that it can be used at other universities that are part of the Eduroam network.  We recommend that you set up your device on campus at UCSB before traveling. Participating institutions in the United States are available in a list or on a map.
  • NOTE:  When it asks you to enter your user name, enter your UCSB NetID followed by @ucsb.edu, even if you do not use this as your email address (example: joegaucho [at] ucsb [dot] edu).

UCSB Secure

  • UCSB Secure requires you to do a 1-time setup on each of your devices (laptop, tablet, or phone). To do this, first connect to the "UCSB Setup" network.
  • Follow the instructions as they appear on your screen. 
  • Once the setup is complete you can use UCSB Secure without additional log-ins.

UCSB Wireless

  • UCSB Wireless requires you to log in each time you use it. 
  • If everything is set up correctly on your machine, you will be redirected to the log in screen when you first open your browser.
  • UCSB Wireless is not secure. Information sent from or to your laptop can be captured by anyone with the appropriate equipment and technology.  For secure browsing, go through the setup so that you can use the Eduroam or UCSB Secure wireless networks.

UCSB Setup

  • UCSB Setup is only used for setting up your device (laptop, tablet, or phone) to use the Eduroam network and/or the UCSB Secure network.
  • Once you have connected to UCSB Setup, open your browser. If it does not automatically redirect you to the "setup" page, type "www.ucsb.edu" into the browser address box and you will be redirected to the correct page.
  • Be sure to follow all of the instructions on the setup screens carefully.

Troubleshooting:

Macs:

Check your wireless settings and make sure that on the TCP/IP tab they are set for:

  • Configure IPv4:  Using DHCP
  • Configure IPv6:  Automatically
  • On this same tab, try clicking on the "Renew DHCP Lease" button

Go to your DNS tab. If you see any IP addresses in the "DNS Servers" box, delete them.  You can do this by clicking on the IP and using the "-"  below the box.

If this doesn't fix the problem, try turning off your wireless for a few minutes. When you turn it back on, go into the available wireless network list and manually select and connect to the desired network.

Windows:

Go to your wireless settings and check the properties for Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).  Make sure that on the TCP IP tab they are set for:

  • Obtain an IP address automatically
  • Obtain DNS server address automatically

If this doesn't fix the problem, try turning off your wireless for a few minutes. When you turn it back on, go into the available wireless network list and manually select and connect to the desired network.

Limitations and Disclaimers Regarding Wireless Access

  • The UCSB Wireless is not secure. Information sent from or to your laptop can be captured by anyone with the appropriate equipment and technology.  For secure browsing, go through the setup so that you can use the Eduroam or UCSB Secure wireless networks.
  • Library staff cannot provide technical assistance. There is no guarantee that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network.