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FAQ/ Network/ Wireless

How do I get access to the EECS wireless network?

While there is only one set of Access Points deployed within EECS, the enterprise-grade technology allows us to provide several different wireless networks.

The “production” EECS wireless networks are reserved for EECS department members (faculty, staff, graduate students, visiting faculty, and so forth). Undergraduate students generally do not fall into this category unless a faculty member sponsors their research account. EECS department members may request access to the production wireless network by filling out a network access request.

Undergraduate students may use AirBears2.


AirBears2 is a wireless network service offered by the campus that provides secure network connectivity to all members of the UC Berkeley community. The campus also offers eduroam and CalVisitor wireless networks.

To use AirBears2 or eduroam, you need an AirBears2 key. See the AirBears web site for more information.

AirBears2, eduroam, and CalVisitor are available in many locations throughout campus. The AirBears2, eduroam, and CalVisitor signals are also broadcast on all EECS wireless hardware. However, because the AirBears access controllers are not maintained by EECS, we're unable to assist you with problems with the service. See the AirBears web site if you’re having trouble.

Are guests able to use the wireless network?

Guests and visitors may use the CalVisitor wireless network. This network does not require a password or CalNet ID.

Please note that systems on the CalVisitor wireless network are excluded from directly accessing EECS systems aside from http/https and ssh services (running on the standard ports). For guests requiring full access to local systems, AirBears2/eduroam or EECS research accounts are better alternatives.

What areas are covered?

The EECS production networks, as well as AirBears2, eduroam, and CalVisitor, cover all of Soda, Cory and Sutardja Dai Halls, Calvin Lab, parts of Hearst Memorial Mining Building, the Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Jacobs Hall, and the Blum Center.

What wireless protocols are supported?

Wireless Protocols
Encryption Authentication
EECS-Secure Y Y WPA2 + AES EECS AD + MAC Registration
EECS-PSK Y Y WPA2-PSK + AES MAC Registration
AirBears2 Y Y WPA2 CalNet ID + AirBears2 key
eduroam Y Y WPA2 CalNet ID + AirBears2 key
CalVisitor Y Y None None

Note: 802.11b support was discontinued on EECS networks as of 2012-01-31

On the “EECS-PSK” WLAN, systems must support WPA2-PSK + AES encryption. The key is not public; please visit the helpdesk to have your device configured.

Guests who need assistance getting their laptops online should ask their sponsors to provide them with technical support. Sponsors can hire CUSG for this purpose.

I need to do wireless-related research in Soda or Cory Hall. Is this allowed? What do I have to do?

Research groups desiring to do wireless experiments should obtain approval from the CNIL committee first, and should limit their experiments to off hours and weekends. They should notify in writing users in EECS about their experiments so people are aware of possible interference.

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