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 UC BYOD Wireless FAQs

 Frequently asked questions about the UC BYOD wireless network

UC_BYOD is a wireless network broadcasted in the dorms designed to ease the connection process for user owned devices that are unable to authenticate using 802.1X as employed on the UC_Secure network. The UC_BYOD is open so almost every device can support it and there are no keys to distribute or registration processes necessary. Devices are automatically classified by type and granted access to the network.

Supported devices include:

  • AppleTV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Gaming Consoles (Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, etc.)
  • Printers
  • TVs and other Set-top boxes

Unsupported devices, or devices that are capable of 802.1X authentication will be presented with a splash page asking them to log on to UC_Secure.

How do I connect to UC_BYOD?
For most devices, it will be as simple as connecting to the UC_BYOD wireless network on your device. 
*Please note: If you attempt to connect a computer or device to UC_BYOD that is capable of 802.1x auth, you will be prompted to connect to UC_Secure.

How to I connect my printer to UC_BYOD?
Please follow the instructions in our UC_BYOD Printer Setup Guide

How do I register my AppleTV for the UC_BYOD Airgroup?
Please follow the UC_BYOD Apple TV Airgroup registration Instructions

For registering other streaming devices, please see:
Airgroup Registration Instructions

What if I have trouble connecting my device to the UC_BYOD network?
If you have issue connecting to UC_BYOD, your device may be 802.1x capable and need to connect to UC_Secure. UC_Secure settings can be found below:
Security Type: WPA2 Enterprise
Encryption Type: AES
Authentication Metheod: Microsoft Protected EAP: PEAP
Authentication Mode: User

How do I connect Google Home?

1.  Power on Google Home
2.  Connect your phone to the google home wireless network.
3.  Follow setup in Google Home App until you see the screen sharing the mac address
4.  Goto Airgroup.uc.edu and register your google home
5.  Complete google home setup by connecting it to UC_Byod
6.  If you completed the google home setup before registering your device you may need to contact the helpdesk and ask
     that your google home be cleared from AirGroup.

Why cant't I use my Nintendo Wii on UC_byod wireless network?

Wireless networks support multiple data rates (speeds). Your wireless network adapter automatically selects a data rate which will provide you the best possible throughput given your distance from the nearest access point and based on how much interference it is receiving from other devices nearby.

In a large wireless network, when the very low data rates (ie: 1Mbps and 2Mbps) are used by an client, it degrades the performance of all other wireless clients on that same access point. So, in order to provide a better wireless experience to all users and devices, UC (and any large wireless network provider) must disable these lower data rates to ensure that clients are only using the higher rates.

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Wii cannot connect to the network if these lower rates are disabled. It requires the 2Mbps data rate. But, UC provides wired network connections in every dorm room and these connections will work just fine with the Nintendo. In fact, the wired connection will work better than any wireless connection. Keep in mind that the Wii doesn't have a built-in wired network adapter, but several different USB adapters are available for less than $20.


If you still have issues, please contact the IT@UC Service Desk at (513)556-4357

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