Ursinus Public Network Wi-Fi: For Students and Employees


This article will help Students and Employees with adding a Registered Device to the Ursinus Public WiFi network.


What is it?

The Ursinus Public Wi-Fi network can be used by students/faculty/staff for devices that cannot be connected to the Ursinus Secure network because they do not have the ability to enter login credentials (e.g. smart TVs, streaming sticks, game consoles, etc.).  If you are a student/faculty/staff member and would like to connect your device to the Ursinus Public Network, please follow the instructions below. 


How to access this network (Students/Faculty/Staff):

To use the Ursinus Public Wi-Fi Network, a device must first have its MAC Address registered before connecting to the network. After registering your device through the Clearpass portal, the registration will be good for up to 1 year with a maximum of 5 devices per account; however, all records are purged on the 1st of August each year (regardless of whether the device was registered just the day before on July 31) so you will have to re-register each device every new school year.   

Please follow the instructions below to login to the portal and register your device before attempting to connect the device to the Ursinus Public network.  Otherwise, you will have to make the device completely forget the Ursinus Public network, unplug it from power, and wait 10 minutes before you can try to reconnect it.

Use these steps for game consoles, Apple TVs, Rokus, FireTV, smart TVs, and other devices where you cannot enter your Ursinus credentials to connect the device to the Ursinus Secure Network

To register a device on the Ursinus Public WiFi network, visit https://clearpass.ursinus.edu/guest/ from a computer, tablet, or phone that is already connected to the Ursinus Secure network and follow these steps:

  1. By clicking the link above you will be taken to the ClearPass Guest portal and will need to type in your Ursinus credentials (consisting of your Ursinus email address and password) in order to log in; you can choose to include the @ursinus.edu portion like in the example, but it is not necessary:

  1. After logging in, the main screen will show you any devices you have already registered (with a max of 5).  Please be sure to remove devices you no longer use if you don't want to hit this limit.  Remember:  all device registrations will be removed at the end of every academic year on August 1st  and each device will have to be re-registered for the new school year.

  1. To add a new device, click the “Create” button on the right-hand side of the main window to create a new device registration:

  1. This form will ask you to fill out the following:
    1. The MAC Address of the device you are registering
    2. A friendly device name of your choosing, e.g. Tom’s xbox, Susan’s firestick, etc.
    3. You Do Not need to change the Account activation or Account Expiration fields (even if you do, they will revert to the default settings).
    4. Lastly, accept the terms of use by checking the box.
    5. Once the form is complete, click the “Create” button.

  1. You can now go to the device itself (the one you just registered) and select the “Ursinus Public” network from the list of available WiFi networks, and your device will connect.  This could take several minutes and may require a second attempt, as the registration could still be in-process in the system.


If you have any trouble with this process, submit a Wireless Networking service request, or contact Tech Support using the information below.


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