Networking

The University of Notre Dame provides both wired and wireless internet access across the main campus and in our Global Gateways.

  Eduroam (South Bend Campus)

Eduroam (non South Bend Locales)

ND-Guest Wired
Can print to campus printers

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ND users can connect to ND specific roles and services

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Can encrypt network traffic for security

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Can automatically connect to Eduroam network at other institutions where it is offered

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ND users connect without username and password from Notre Dame or another eduroam member school

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ND-Guest can connect to some roles and services while on the ND VPN

Most zones are encrypted, but some may not be

eduroam can connect to the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community 

Connecting to eduroam for Secure Wireless

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To connect your device to the eduroam wireless network, first connect to another wireless or wired network such as ND-Guest or any other network, then simply go to eduroam.nd.edu and follow the instructions to configure your device for the secure network.  Use this network for all official University business when you are on a campus wireless connection.

ATTENTION:  iPhone and iPad users! If you have downloaded the eduroam utility from connect.nd.edu previously, you may need to delete that profile before you can successfully run the utility on eduroam.nd.edu. Apple has instructions on how to delete configuration profiles on their website: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205347. (Since there is no app that comes with the profile, you can skip step 1.)

The University of Notre Dame is part of the eduroam consortium, which allows secure wireless network connections at university campuses around the world. If you set up your computer or mobile device to connect to eduroam, you can use that setup to connect to WiFi when you visit another institution that uses eduroam. Similarly, visitors from institutions that participate in eduroam can use their configuration to automatically connect to WiFi at Notre Dame.

All network use through eduroam is encrypted through your NetID and password. Only 802.1X-capable devices will work on eduroam.

Visit eduroam.org for additional information about other member schools.

Please note: The OIT does not support the setup and configuration of wireless printers. If you have a wireless printer, please directly connect to your printer via a cable to get the best reliability.

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ND-Guest Wireless

Anyone who does not have an active affiliation with Notre Dame or another eduroam member school can still access the public WiFi network, ND-Guest. However, remember that this is a truly public WiFi network and is unencrypted.

Note: The University of Notre Dame guest wireless network is provided as a convenience for University visitors and guests, and its use is not warranted in any way, express or implied, by the University of Notre Dame.  Your use of the network is solely at your own risk and is subject to all applicable University policies. There is no guarantee of network performance.  Individual access to the network, or the entire network’s availability, may be suspended or terminated at any time at the University's sole discretion.

ND-Guest is an unencrypted wireless network designed to support authorized guests of the University, faculty/staff/student-owned devices that do not have web browsers or are otherwise incompatible with eduroam. To access some University resources, you may need to use a VPN connection while on the ND-Guest wireless network.

If you are faculty, staff, or a student and your computer or device does not support an 802.1X connection AND the computer or device does not have a Web browser, you may request a zoned network exemption (NetID and password required).

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Wired Network

When you connect to the campus wired network, you computer is automatically placed in a particular “zone” based on your roll with the university. These zones separate faculty/staff, students and guests onto segregated virtual networks, providing each group with firewall protection and other security controls.

To use the wired network, you will need to log in with your NetID and password on a periodic basis. This security control ensures that only authorized members of the Notre Dame community have access to our network, protecting the privacy and security of both University and personal information.

Connecting to the Wired Network

In order to connect to the wired network, you will need the hardware to do so:

  • A device with an Ethernet port: Most current computers come with an Ethernet port located on the back or side of the computer (some newer laptops, and most mobile devices do not have Ethernet ports)
  • An Ethernet cable
  • An available Ethernet port on the wall: With few exceptions, all rooms in residence halls and most campus offices are equipped with Ethernet ports or “jacks” on the wall. In most cases, the jacks are arranged similar to the diagram below

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Once you’re physically plugged into the wired network, you can follow several methods for registering your device into the right zone:

  • Download the Cisco Clean Access client for your operating system. The Cisco Clean Access Agent runs on your computer and acts as an interface to the Zoned Network. If your computer is connected to the ADND (ND.EDU) domain, you will not need to authenticate to the Zoned Network. If your computer is not connected to the ADND (ND.EDU) domain, you will periodically see a pop-up asking for your NetID and password. This is the easiest and recommended way to connect to the Zoned Network. * Note: Installing the Cisco Clean Access Agent will not affect or interfere with your ability to connect to any other networks.
  • Authenticate via a web page. If you can't (or do not wish to) install the Cisco Clean Access client on your system, you may also authenticate via a Web page. After booting your computer, open a Web browser and you will be prompted to enter your NetID and password.
  • Request that your system be manually assigned to a network zone. If you have a system that does not have a Web browser (e.g., printers, research devices) but that must be connected to the network, please contact the OIT Help Desk at (574) 631-8111. They will assist you in connecting your system to the Zoned Network.

Note: For computers without ActiveX or Java installed for your browser, install the Cisco Clean Access Client for your OS. Once you have installed it, log in with your NetID and Password.

In order to ensure current registration information, you will be required to re-authenticate to the network approximately 2 to 3 times per year (between semesters). In order to minimize the disruption caused by re-authentication, it is highly recommended that you download and install Cisco Clean Access on your machine.

If you have any questions or need help connecting your system to the network, please contact your departmental IT support staff or the OIT Help Desk for assistance.

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Off-Campus Access

Many applications that are used at Notre Dame require that you be on a secure ND network. If you are away from the office and need to access these applications you can do so by using the ND VPN. Logging into the ND VPN allows you to work as if you were on campus with your computer. You must have an active faculty, staff or student affiliation and an active NetID to access the ND VPN.  

Installation and Instructions on How to Use the ND VPN

ND International Sites

Students studying abroad at Notre Dame International locations can find connection information on the Remote Sites page.

Remote Sites

Entertainment Systems

Entertainment systems such as gaming consoles and media devices can be connected to the ND network but must be registered. To register a device for use on the ND network, if it comes with a browser, you'll be automatically routed to the registration page.

Network-enabled games and other devices may not have a browser, so you'll need to locate the MAC address (Media Access Control address) that was assigned by the manufacturer.  Information on setup of gaming consoles and media devices.

Web Registration - Need a static host name (FQDN) for your device? Use this tool to register your static host name. Note: This tool is not for DNS/DHCP administrators - this tool is for the average campus user.

Additional Resources

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