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Wireless Networking at Duke

Duke and the Office of Information Technology maintain a robust wireless data network throughout West, East and Central campuses. This network provides mobile access to the Internet, including computing resources at Duke and throughout the world.

Based on 802.11a/b/g/n technology, the wireless data network is constantly being expanded and improved to meet changing demands. More information is available on the wireless network FAQ page.

Note also that Duke provides a separate, low-bandwidth network for visitors. Because the visitor network does not require NetID registration, the service eliminates the need to issue temporary NetIDs to visitors requiring network connections. The visitor network is not as robust as the DUKE network; visitors will be able to use it primarily for web surfing and connecting via virtual private network back to other secure networks. The visitor network will not allow access to many services available through the DUKE network. If you have a Duke NetID, you should choose the "DUKE" wireless network, and then register your device on that network following the instructions on the Get Connected page. If you have questions about the Duke wireless network, please contact the OIT Service Desk.

Connect to the network

Connecting to the wireless network is easy! Click here to learn how.

We discourage the use of standalone wireless routers. If you are unable to connect to the wireless network in a particular location, please follow the instructions below to let us know. 


If you have any questions or have difficulty getting connected to the wireless network, review the wireless network FAQ page. If you still have trouble, please contact the OIT Service Desk. When submitting a trouble report, it helps to have the following information available:

  • Date and time the problem occurred
  • Nature of problem
  • Any error messages that were displayed
  • Physical location when the problem occurred (building, room number)
  • MAC address of wireless adapter
  • IP address