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The University of Central Oklahoma is proud to offer high-speed internet access to our students, faculty, staff, and guests.  Below are a few guides to get you started on the UCO Wireless Network. If you have any issues accessing the network please contact the UCO Service Desk by phone at 405.974.2255, by email, or in person. The UCO Service Desk is located in the northeast corner of the first floor of the Max Chambers’ Library and the hours of operation can be found on the Support and FAQ web page.

For assistance in configuring your wireless device for UCO email, please visit our Email Access page.

There are two wireless networks available, UCO and UCO_SECURE. The UCO network uses a “captive portal” login page for authentication and is used for students and UCO guests. The UCO_SECURE network uses WPA2 enterprise for authentication and is used for UCO employees. Specific guides on how to connect your device can be found towards the bottom of this page. Below is some general information to help get you started.

"UCO" Wireless Network Information:

When using the “UCO” wireless network to access the internet, you must first sign in to the login web page before you can access the internet. This means that if you connect to “UCO” on your smartphone or tablet device, you will not have access to any network services until you open a browser and sign in.  

To login:

  • Find “UCO” on the list of available networks and connect to it
  • You will not be prompted for a username and password yet.
  • If on a Windows device, you may see an exclamation mark on your wireless icon and a message that says “Additional Login Information May Be Required”
  • Open a web browser and go to a web site such as google.com or uco.edu. It does not matter which site you choose as you will be redirected to the UCO Wireless Login Page
  • You may get an error message about the web page not being secure. Click on the link that says something similar to “Continue Anyway”
  • You should now see a login page asking for a username and password
  • Students use your UCONNECT username and password
  • Faculty and staff use your computer username and password
  • Guests will need a Wireless Guest Pass from the UCO Service Desk (see Guest Section below)
  • You are now connected to the internet. Enjoy!

"UCO_SECURE" Wireless Network Information:

When using the “UCO_SECURE” wireless network, you will be prompted for a username and password before you can connect to the actual wireless network. The UCO_SECURE network is designed for UCO employees to be able to access internal network resources. To ensure that all internal traffic is secure, this network uses 802.1x encryption. If you are a UCO employee, then your domain computer should already be configured for 802.1x.

To login:

  • Find “UCO_SECURE” on the list of available networks and connect to it
  • You will be prompted for a username and password
  • Students use your UCONNECT username and password
  • Faculty and staff use your computer username and password
  • You are now connected to the internet. Enjoy!

Currently, most Windows devices do not have 802.1x enabled by default, and so you will be unable to connect to UCO_SECURE if you are using a non-domain Windows computer. Mac users and most most mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets can connect to UCO_SECURE with minimal additional configuration. If you are not a UCO employee however, you should connect to the UCO network and not the UCO_SECURE network.

Edmond Language Institute (ELI) Student Wireless Access:

Students of the Edmond Language Institute will need to sign up for a long term Guest Pass with the UCO Service Desk in order to be able to access the UCO wireless network. Please visit the Service Desk with your ELI identification card and we will be happy to set you up with a Guest Pass for the duration of your stay at UCO. Once you have been assigned a Guest Pass, you will be able to connect to the "UCO" wireless network. The UCO Service Desk is located in the northeast corner of the first floor of the Max Chambers’ Library and the hours of operation can be found on the Support and FAQ web page.

Guest Access to UCO Wireless:

Guests of UCO are able to request a Guest Pass to the wireless network for up to five days at a time. A Guest Pass of a longer duration can be provided, if needed. Please contact the UCO Service Desk to request a Guest Pass. You will need to be able to provide a photo ID, contact number, email address, the reason for the Guest Pass, and the time frame of your visit to UCO. You may contact the UCO Service Desk by phone at 405.974.2255, by email, or in person. The UCO Service Desk is located in the northeast corner of the first floor of the Max Chambers’ Library and the hours of operation can be found on the Support and FAQ web page.

Gaming, Smartphones, & Other Devices:

Some devices are unable to authenticate with a wireless login in order to be able to access UCO's wireless network. These types of devices include gaming consoles, smart TV's, Apple TV's, DVD players, and IP VoIP phones just to name a few. If you have a device that you are unable to log in with, then you will need to submit a request to have this device added to the Wireless Bypass List. To submit this request you will need to provide the MAC address of the device and your UCO ID to the IT Service Desk. The MAC address is a 12 digit series of letters and numbers, separated by colons and will look something like this: 1A:B2:3C:D4:5E:F6. Please ensure that you copy this number down accurately. Once you have submitted your request to the Service Desk please allow up to 48 hours before your device is added to the bypass list.

Please keep in mind that due to the way that our network is connected to the internet, you may or may not be able to access all online gaming services when there are a large number of people playing at the same time. Here are a couple of guides on how to find the MAC address of your gaming console, and how you can verify that you are on the network once your gaming console is on the bypass list:

If you have a smartphone that you would like to have on UCO's wireless network, then we have a couple of guides for you. You can find these guides by clicking on the links below:

Please remember that all UCO Wireless Network access requires authentication of some sort, to comply with Federal Regulations.