University of California, Riverside


Get Connected

Wireless network availability at UCR:

UCR provides three ways of connecting to the wireless network. The way you connect to the wireless network will depend on your desire for security and the hardware capabilities of your wireless NIC (Network Interface Card). Below is a brief description of each network, which is referenced by the SSID (Service Set Identifier).

  • The "ucrwpa" SSID is an WPA2 encrypted network. Users on this network will authenticate using a wireless client utility that is provided by your wireless hardware vendor or an open-source vendor. The user's data is encrypted from the wireless device to the UCR campus network and cannot be "sniffed" by hackers. It is recommended for use while on campus as it is more secure than Mobilenet.

    Note: ucrwpa is a more secure and complex network and requires some effort to configure.

  • The "mobilenet" SSID is an open, non-encrypted network. This network has a browser based captive portal that authenticates users. Users must use VPN or application based security methods (SSL, SSH) to protect personal information.

    Note: mobilenet is a coffee house type public wireless network and is relatively easy to configure and connect to.

  • eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming wireless access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam, which is an encrypted (WPA2) wireless service, allows students, researchers, faculty, and staff from UCR to obtain internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions.

To start using the UCR wireless network, you need all of the following:

  • A wireless capable desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet
  • Wireless network interface card (NIC) that adheres to the IEEE 802.11a, 802.11g, and/or 802.11n standards
  • Choose which network (mobilenet, ucrwpa, or eduroam) to use. Read the configuration pages
  • UCR Net ID - Faculty and staff will use their UCR Net ID to log in to the wireless network. Please read the UCR Net ID information on the ESAI website for more information. Students already have wireless accounts set up automatically when they first enter UCR. Students may log in with their UCR Net ID and Permanent PIN. Guests may obtain wireless access by having their host contact the Computer Support Group.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-3555
Fax: (951) 827-4541