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University Wireless Access

Information on how to connect to the various WiFi networks available from the University

In conjunction with the central IT Services, MSD IT

 have deployed several Wi-Fi hot spots around the John Radcliffe, Old Road and Churchill campuses and other hospitals. Where access points are available users will be able to use both the OWL and eduroam WiFi networks.


The OWL (Oxford Wireless LAN) service makes use of the Remote Access accounts and Cisco VPN service that OUCS offer to all University members. Our wireless access points are configured to broadcast the settings of this service, making it very easy to configure. The VPN application provides all of the authorisation, encryption and accounting that is required for a wireless network. Further information on the OWL service can be found here




The OWL visitor service is very similar to that provided in coffee shops and airport lounges.  Accounts for this service are available from the MSD IT. Accounts are valid for up to two weeks. The OWL visitor service is also available on wired sockets in some locations. Further information on the OWL visitor network can be found here




eduroam is an international federation of academic institutions which allows users to visit other organisations using the same username and password as they would use at their home institution. Further information on the eduroam service can be found here




For information on exact locations of access points, or if you are interested in purchasing an access point for your workplace, please contact the MSD IT

 systems team.