Connect to NIU Internet

Connect to high-speed NIU Wi-Fi anywhere on campus with your student Z-ID.

How to Connect

To connect your PC or Mac to NIU Wi-Fi:

  1. Make sure your Wi-Fi is turned on.
  2. Select NIUWireless in your Wi-Fi list.
  3. It will ask for a username and password. Use your student Z-ID and password.

If you don't know your student Z-ID or password, you can look up your Z-ID or reset your password online.

To connect your iPhone or iPad to NIU Wi-Fi:

  1. Select NIUWireless in your Wi-Fi list.
  2. It will ask for a username and password. Use your student Z-ID and password.
  3. If you get a "not verified" message, select "Accept."

If you don't know your student Z-ID or password, you can look up your Z-ID or reset your password online.

To connect your Android device to NIU Wi-Fi:

  1. Select NIUWireless in your Wi-Fi list.
  2. If it asks, use these settings:

    EAP Method
    Select "PEAP"
    Phase 2 Authentication
    Select "MSCHAPV2"
    CA Certificate
    Select "Use system certificates"
    Domain
    Enter niunt.niu.edu
    Identity
    Enter your Z-ID
    Password
    Enter your password

If you don't know your student Z-ID or password, you can look up your Z-ID or reset your password online.

These game consoles only work on a wired Ethernet connection and will not work with NIU Wi-Fi:

  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Wii U (USB LAN adapter required)
  • Nintendo Switch (USB LAN adapter required)

You won't be able to play Nintendo DS, DSi, 2DS, 3DS or PS Vita online because they do not support the WPA2 Enterprise authentication used by NIU Wi-Fi and do not have a wired option.

For the best results, connect your smart TV to the wired Ethernet connection in your room. You may also try connecting your smart TV to the NIUGuest network. Most smart TVs will not work on the NIUWireless network.

These devices do not work on NIU Wi-Fi:

  • Chromecast
  • Roku HD/XS/XDS Streaming Player
  • Apple TV (first and second generation)
  • Kindle Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G

Need help? Contact us.

NIU's Service Desk can help you if you're having trouble getting connected.

Contact the Service Desk

Personal Routers or Access Points Are Not Allowed

We don't allow personal routers or wireless access points in residence halls because they can interfere with NIU Wi-Fi. If these devices are detected on the network, the Division of IT will block either the IP or MAC address of the router or block the entire port in the room. The resident will then be contacted by Service Desk staff, the NIU Abuse Investigator or network engineers, depending on the severity and time of day.

Wired Internet Option in Residence Halls

Most students use NIU Wi-Fi exclusively, but for gamers or students who have a need for a wired connection, we provide a wired broadband/Ethernet internet connection in all resident rooms. You'll need your own Ethernet cable to use it. Remember to look behind furniture if you don't see the port right away.

To connect multiple devices to one port, purchase an unmanaged Ethernet network switch.

Hall Ethernet Port Location
Grant, Gilbert, Neptune and Stevenson Rooms have more than one port, but only one is active per bedroom.
New Residence Hall One active port per bedroom. One port in the cluster living room behind the TV.
Northern View Community One active port per bedroom. One active port in the living room.

ResNet Access and Support Fee

All on-campus residents are charged $92 during the fall, spring and summer for ResNet Access and Support. The funds collected allow us to:

  • Provide internet access and support to you.
  • Bring dedicated internet access to every room in the residence halls.
  • Enable NIU Wi-Fi in all floor lounges and student rooms.
  • Conduct infrastructure upgrades.
  • Provide support for services provided by Housing and Residential Services and the Division of Information Technology.

Contact Us

Housing and Residential Services
During the shelter-in-place order the most consistent form of communication is via email, housing@niu.edu.

See NIU coronavirus updates page for more information.


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