Connecting to the University Networks

How to Connect to University Networks


This document is meant to be the cumulative knowledge on how to connect to a University network.

Table of Contents

Connecting to AirVandalGold:

Connecting to AirVandalGuest:

Connecting to EduRoam:

Connecting a Wired Device:

Finding your MAC Address:

Further Support:

If there is an issue with any proccess, please reach out to ITS support by submitting a request below:

Request assistance with connectivity on campus


Connecting to AirVandalGold on Windows:

  • Step 1:

    Click the Wireless Icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen to see the local wireless networks.

    Click the Wireless Icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

    Click the Wireless Icon in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.


    Step 2:

    Connect to the AirVandalGold wireless network.

    Click "Connect."

    Connect to the AirVandalGold wireless network.


    Step 3:

    You will be prompted to renter in your NetID username and password and you will be connected to AirVandalGold.

    Enter your credentials.

    Enter your credentials.

    Please contact ITS if you have issues connecting to our network.

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Connecting to AirVandalGold using MacOS:

Step 1: Select a network

Click on the AirPort icon in the top right-hand side of the screen and click on the AirVandalGold network.

Click on the AirVandalGold network.
Select AirVandalGold


Step 2: Authenticate using NetID

You will be prompted to enter your NetID username and password. Enter these now and you will be connected to AirVandalGold.

Your machine will be registered behind the scenes. You will be prompted to accept a security certificate. Accept it and enter your computer’s log on password when prompted to add the certificate to your system.

You are now connected to AirVandalGold and will have full access to the internet.

Enter your credentials, (username and password.)
Enter your Credentials

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Connecting to WiFi on iOS:

  • Step 1: Open Settings

    On your iOS device, navigate to the correct screen and click on the Settings icon.

    On your iOS device, click on the Settings tab.Open "Settings"


    Step 2: Select a network

    In the Settings menu, click Wi-Fi and then connect to AirVandalGold.

    Connect to AirVandalGold.
    Select the network AirVandalGold


    Step 3: Authenticate using NetID

    You will be asked to enter your NetID username and password. Enter both and you will be automatically connected to AirVandalGold. Your device will be registered in the background.

    Enter your NetID username and password. Type in your UI credentials.


    Step 4:

    You might be asked to accept a security certificate – this is normal. The University of Idaho uses a secure internet connection method which requires that you accept a global signed certificate.

    Once you accept the certificate, it will be processed and you will be connect to AirVandalGold and have full access to the internet.

    You will be connect to AirVandalGold and have full access to the internet.
    You will be connected to the wifi.

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Connecting to AirVandalGold on Android:

  • Step 1:

    Open the settings page by swiping down from the top of your device and tapping the gear icon.

    Step 2:

    Locate and open the Wifi networks settings

    Select AirVandalGold or AirVandalHome


    Step 3:

    Enter the following settings


    EAP Method



    Phase 2 Authentication



    CA Certificate (if prompted)

    Use system certificates





    Your NetID (ex. vand1234 or jvandal)


    Anonymous Identity

    Leave blank



    Your Password


    EAP method=PEAP, Phase 2 auth=MSCHAPV2, CA Certificate=use system certificates,, identity=netid, password=your netid password

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Connecting to WiFi on Ubuntu Linux:


This tutorial covers the basics of connecting to the University wireless network using Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is the most common Linux distribution in use at U of I. However, while the location of icons is different between systems, the steps to connect should be the same. 

Request wifi assistance

  • Step 1: Select a network

    Select the network icon in the top-right corner to view availble wireless networks. Then, select the network you want to use:


    Step 2: Authenticate using NetID

    You will be asked to authenticate to the network. Make sure your window matches the following settings:

  • Wi-Fi security: WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
  • Authentication: Protected EAP (PEAP)
  • Leave the Anonymous identity field empty
  • For CA certificate, use the Root-USERTrust.crt certificate file (Found Here)
  • PEAP version: Automatic
  • Inner authentication: MSCHAPv2
  • Once you have configured the settings and entered your credentials, click Connect


    Step 3: Connect

    If all the settings are correct, after 5-10 seconds you will be successfully connected. You will now see a notifcation:

  • Username: your NetID
  • Password: your password

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Connecting to AirVandalGuest:

  • Overview:

    The University provides a public wireless network that guests of the campus can connect to without requiring a University of Idaho account. This guide aims to help guests connect to this Wi-Fi network.

    Connecting to the University Guest Wifi - AirVandalGuest:

    Step 1:

  • Select "AirVandalGuest" from the list of wifi access points.

    Step 2:

  • Enter the updated password. If unknown, call the ITS help-desk at (208) 885-4357
  • Step 3:

  • Enter your name, email, and 10-digit phone number and send yourself either a text or email code.

    Step 4:

  • Enter the 6-digit code you received and you'll be connected.

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Connecting to EduRoam:

  • Overview:

    Please review the Acceptable Use Policy for eduroam wireless networks.

    The eduroam service is available at all locations that are covered by the University of Idaho wireless network. This service is also available at eduroam-enabled institutions, for a full list please visit their site list.

    For more details about eduroam, please see our services.

    Request eduroam assistance


    Step 1:

    The SSID or wireless network option "eduroam" will be available for customers to connect to, choose this as your wireless network.

    Step 2:

    Once you have selected the eduroam wireless network you will need to ENTER YOUR FULL EMAIL ADDRESS as the UserID.

    Ex. or or

     Note: If you do not use your full email address you will not be able to connect to the eduroam service.

    Step 3:

    Enter your University of Idaho email password into the required field and connect.

    Step 4:

    If your are a UI employee or student and this is the first time you are connecting to wireless services for the University of Idaho, you will need to accept the certificate notification for (or

    Manual Connections:

    If you are not able to automatically setup the eduroam connection here are the security settings for connecting to the wireless network:

  • Wireless Network Name (SSID): eduroam
  • Authentication Method: PEAP-MSCHAPv2
  • Wireless Security Type: WPA2-Enterprise (802.1X/EAP)
  • UserID/Identity: or or
  • Password: University of Idaho Email password.
  • ITS recommends you have verified you can connect to eduroam while you are on campus prior to travelling. This will ensure you can work with your TSP or System Administrator in case you have any connection problems.

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Connecting using a Wired Device:

Registering the device

In order to obtain wired internet access on your desktop or laptop machine, your computer will need to be registered with our network. This can be done by going to and filling out the form. Be sure to check the Wired device option. Once the device has been registered, it can take several minutes for the network to register the change.

Fill out the registration form at

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How do I find my MAC address?


Open the start menu and search for the Command Prompt by typing cmd into the search box, then click on the icon to launch the program.

Once the program launches, type in the command getmac -v and a list of all your network connections will appear. Find the entry titled Ethernet. The second entry under this heading will be called the physical address and be in the form XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX. This is your wired MAC address.

Open the command prompt and type getmac -v to find the MAC address.



Open up your System Preferences from the apple menu and click the Network icon. Select your Ethernet connection and click the advanced button, then click the Hardware tab on the new window to find your MAC address.

Open the Network Settings and click the advanced button.
Open the Network settings, select the Ethernet connection, and click Advanced.

Open the Hardware Tab to find your MAC address.
Click Hardware and view the MAC Address

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