Personally Owned Wireless Routers

As of Fall 2018, the following residential halls now have official secure wifi service (ResWiFi). In these locations, personally owned wireless routers are prohibited.


Turner, Parrington, Beard, Morison, Prescott, Parkman, Adams


Casa One through Casa Eight


Stephen Biko, Hong-Lim, Bayit Elie Wiesel, Casa Dolores Huerta

College 9

Hague (RH1), Gandhi (RH2), and Geneva (RH3)

College 10

Ohlone (RH4), Amnesty (RH5), and Angela Davis (RH6)


Leonardo, Galen

UCSC-Guest and eduroam are available in some but not all residential spaces. If UCSC-Guest and eduroam are not available in your residence you will need to use a router for wireless access (with the exception of the above residence halls). Rooms with multiple residents should only use one router. Before you install a router, check to see if UCSC-Guest and eduroam is available in your residence. Routers are configured differently on campus.

ResNet is a shared resource. Proper configuration of all computing devices helps to protect all residents sharing the network. Residents are personally responsible for the use of the network connection in their room, whether by themselves or guests.

Personally owned wireless routers must use WPA-PSK encryption and not cause a disruption of ResNet or the campus network (wired or wireless). The SSID (name) of a wireless network device cannot be one that may appear to be an official UCSC campus network (example: ucsc-guest1, eduroam1, etc). The SSID of a wireless network device must align to the UCSC Principles of Community as well as the ResNet Responsible Use Policy.

You can configure your router yourself or bring it to ResNet for configuration. ResNet staff will help you configure your wireless router to meet these policy requirements. You can bring your wireless router to either ResNet location during regular business hours. 

Router Configuration Settings

  • All-Campus Residences:
    • SSID: Customizable but may not be offensive or contain the resident's room number
    • Password: At least 8 characters
    • Admin Password: At least 8 characters, different from the password for the ssid
    • DHCP: On or Enabled
    • Plug the ethernet cable from your wall into the WAN port (generally labeled "Internet") in the back of your router