Networks & Wireless Connections

Students, faculty, and staff have access to Penn State's network via the networked PCs in the labs and offices. Additionally, you can access this network via a wireless connection. The Penn State wireless service incorporates 802.1X wireless authentication and encryption methods for improved security and performance.

Wireless network hotspots include all academic buildings (Burke, Kochel, Nick, Hammermill, Junker, etc.) as well as the Reed Building, Metzgar Center, and all residence halls and apartments.

Wireless Connection Instructions

To get connected to the Penn State wireless, you'll need your Penn State Access Account and either a laptop with an 802.1X compatible wireless network card or a mobile device. Supported platforms include: Windows, Mac, Unix/Linux, Apple iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, and Android phones. Instructions and the necessary software are available at Penn State's Wireless Network.

If you’re a student and need assistance, please contact any of the service/help desks. If you’re a faculty or staff member and need help configuring your college-owned office laptop, complete and IT Support Ticket; otherwise, if it’s a personal home laptop and you need assistance, please contact the service desk in Hammermill 135.

Residence Halls

For residence hall connections, please refer to PSU Information Technology for Students. Or, if you have questions or need assistance, call the Behrend Residence Hall Help Desk at 814-217-HELP (4357) or open an  IT Support Ticket (using the link under Student Support). We can help with the set-up of or issues with your laptop or desktop computer, phone, smart TV, gaming console, and other iOT devices.

For details on how to connect TVs, gaming consoles, smart devivces, etc., visit Penn State's RoomGear site. If you need assistance, call 814-217-HELP (4357).

Devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones that can connect to PSU Wi-fi MUST connect to that resource.  iOT and smart devices MUST connect to RoomGear.

Visitor Wireless

Visitors to campus can access Penn State's free guest wireless service. It is accessible via any device’s wireless networks menu. After selecting “psu-guest”, a welcome screen appears. Visitors need to click the Accept and Connect button to connect to the guest wireless network.

Important: This resource is intended only for visitor use.  Members of the Penn State community should use the Penn State Wi-Fi service ("psu" wireless network).  It is specifically designed for accessing Penn State resources, providing increased security and additional features.