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Wireless Network Access

Faculty, Staff, and Students

WCU Faculty, Staff and Students should connect to the “eduroam” wireless network for wireless service. This network uses enterprise security and encryption to keep your information private and secure. Connecting to this network will require some configuration. To configure your device:

  1. Connect to WCU-Guest.
  2. After accepting the Networking requirements click full access or go to on the device you want to connect.
  3. Choose the Recommended Option* and enter your WCUid username and password.
  4. Run the setup tool provided for your device.
  5. The tool should then configure your device and automatically connect you to the “eduroam” network.

*The recommended option installs a certificate on your device that will allow you to connect for up to 7 years. On Android devices, this requires you to have a passcode on your device. If you would rather not have a passcode, the alternate option will configure your device to connect. However, if you choose the alternate option, you must reconfigure your device every time you change the password for your WCUid account.

Gaming & Streaming Devices

Western Carolina University is excited to offer a wireless network for clients to connect their gaming systems, streaming devices, and other devices that do not support WPA2 (username and password) authentication. Visit to register your device for the new WCU-Media network. For step by step instructions on how to get connected click here.

Note: This network is not designed for laptops or smartphones. These devices should use the recommended/alternate option to get connected to eduroam.

University Guests

University Guests have access to the “WCU-Guest” network.  Guests will be able to connect to our network, by reading and agreeing to the acceptable use policy.  This network is open to all users.

Manually configuring a device for “eduroam”

To connect to the “eduroam” network, devices must support WPA2-Enterprise encryption and 802.1x authentication. To configure your device manually, use the following parameters:

EAP Method: PEAP

Phase 2 Authentication: MSCHAPv2

CA Certificate: leave blank, or select “Unspecified”

Identity: Insert your WCUid in the format

Anonymous Identity:

Password: Your WCUid Password

If the device asks you to confirm a security certificate, click accept.

Benefits of eduroam

  • eduroam is a secure wireless network service that allows faculty, staff, and students to seamlessly access wireless when visiting other eduroam participating institutions (  After the one-time setup, you can seamlessly connect for up to seven (7) years without having to update the wireless credentials on your device.

Eduroam is a global Wi-Fi service enabling researchers, students and staff to obtain secure and fast internet connectivity across campuses and millions of access points across the globe. This benefits visiting researchers and faculty traveling for scholarly and collaborative work, students studying abroad and visiting other campuses, and anyone traveling to another participating organization. Since individuals use their home credentials, there is no need to provision guest accounts to these visitors

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