Cascadia Wireless

Campus Wireless Options

Cascadia students and employees have two options for wireless on the combined Cascadia/UWB campus.

Students and employees who want seamless connectivity between in all buildings on campus, including the ARC, the Library and Innovation Hall, will need to utilize the Eduroam network.

Guests and those who do not have valid Cascadia network credentials can access Cascadia's guest wireless network in CC1, CC2 and CC3 only.  This wireless network has much more limited bandwidth and use of it will result in slower browsing speeds.

About Eduroam

Eduroam is a secure, encrypted Wi-Fi network available at Cascadia and UW Bothell, and the preferred Wi-Fi connection method for Cascadia students, faculty and staff.

Eduroam (‘education roaming’) is a global wireless network access service for research and education that allows users from Cascadia to securely access the internet from any Eduroam-enabled institution throughout the world, including the UW. In addition, Eduroam provides visitors from participating institutions access to Cascadia’s wireless network and the internet, without needing guest credentials or additional configuration by the user or Cascadia Information Services.

Why use Eduroam?

Eduroam is the safest method of connection to Cascadia’s network on a Wi-Fi enabled device. Eduroam is a secure, encrypted Wi-Fi network, which utilizes 802.1X technology to provide unified access across campus, and provides secure user authentication via X.509 certificates and over-the-air encryption via WPA2 Enterprise.

Once configured, Eduroam gives seamless connectivity at over 30,000 participating locations around the world, including UWB, which means that, when you are moving about campus to buildings that host UW wireless (i.e. the Library or ARC), you won't need to log in again and you won't need to use your UW NetID for access.

Who Has Access to Eduroam?

Currently enrolled students (actively registered/taking a class) and all Cascadia employees have access to the Eduroam network.  Eduroam is not available to past/graduated students or students who are not actively enrolled in coursework.

Which Devices Need to be Onboarded to use Eduroam?

Currently any laptop, phone or tablet that you would like to connect to the Eduroam network (including those that are issued from Cascadia Information Services) will need to complete the onboarding process

Those using campus owned Macbooks will need to contact the I.S. Help Desk for assistance with configuring this service.

Connecting to Eduroam

If you are current student (enrolled in classes), faculty or staff at Cascadia, your Cascadia network account and password will allow you access to Eduroam once your device is configured to access the Eduroam network.

The JoinNow utility (commonly referred to on campus as wireless onboarding or SecureW2) supports the most common devices and will help ensure that your device is properly and securely configured. During the onboarding process, your device will be granted a certificate that allows access to Eduroam for three years. After the certificate expires you will need to get a new certificate by going through the onboarding process with your device again. The SecureW2 system will email you a reminder to re-onboard your device before the certificate expires.

How to Access Eduroam

From any Internet Connection

To begin the process, configure your device using the SecureW2 JoinNow utility at Cascadia College Wireless Onboarding.

This process can be completed from anywhere, including from home, prior to coming to campus.

When on Campus

Connect to the "Cascadia-Guest" wireless network from your laptop or mobile device to begin the process.  This process cannot be completed from the ARC, the Library or Innovation Hall while on campus.  Students and employees will need to access guest wireless from CC1, CC2 or CC3.

Connecting to Eduroam at other Institutions

Eduroam is available in over 30,000 worldwide locations.

If you configured Eduroam on your device before leaving the Cascadia campus, it should automatically connect to Eduroam when visiting a participating institution.

If you did not configure your device for Eduroam before leaving, please visit Cascadia College Wireless Onboarding.

Device Onboarding Guides

For more detailed, step by step instructions, please see the documents linked below:

Getting Assistance

If you are having difficulty getting your device onboarded or are having an issue connecting to Cascadia's Eduroam instance, please contact the Information Services Help Desk.

Cascadia Guest Wireless

Cascadia hosts an unauthenticated guest wireless network that provides internet only access.  This wireless is ideal for visitors on campus for tours or events that do not have a Cascadia network account to use for the Eduroam wireless connection.  If you are a Cascadia student or employee, it is recommended that you utilize the Eduroam connection as it has access to much more bandwidth and other on campus resources (i.e. printing and classroom assistive listening systems). 

Cascadia guest wireless is not available in the ARC, the Library or Innovation Hall.  You will need to utilize Eduroam in those locations for wireless network connectivity.

To connect to the guest wireless, please select "Cascadia-Guest" from the available wireless networks on your device and agree to the acceptable use policy on the captive portal.

Getting Assistance

If you are having difficulty connecting to Cascadia's guest wireless, please contact the Information Services Help Desk.