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Duke has three wireless networks - which one should you use?

For some of us, winter break may have brought holiday cheer in the form of new devices such as smartphones, tablets, and/or gaming systems that require internet access. As classes resume this spring, keep your personal data safe by ensuring you use the correct network for your device.


For portable devices as well, eduroam offers you access to secure WiFi when you’re away from Duke at participating university campuses. Eduroam encrypts wireless access using your Duke NetID and password. To use eduroam at a participating institution, you should configure your device ahead of time while at Duke.

Learn more about registering devices and connecting to eduroam.


For portable devices such as laptops, phones and tablets, Dukeblue is secure, protecting your Duke NetID and password by requiring authentication. It encrypts the transmission of data to ensure information sent by text, email and more is not intercepted by bad actors.

While on campus, you have 24-hour access in the residence halls and academic and administrative buildings, and outdoor coverage is provided at the Bryan Center Pavilion, Duke Gardens and Krzyzewskiville.

To connect, adjust your network settings on every device you want to register. This includes using the one-time auto installer to configure your device for Dukeblue.

Learn more about registering devices and connecting to Dukeblue.


For miscellaneous devices such as printers, gaming consoles and streaming TV devices that may need unencrypted wireless access, DukeOpen is a non-secured network for devices that cannot connect to Dukeblue. Devices using this network must be registered in advance the first time you connect.

Learn more about registering devices and connecting to DukeOpen.

By Lesa Bressanelli, OIT Communications Intern