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Wireless Network

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to gain access to PAWS-Secure?

Most computers, laptops, phones and tablets will automatically search for a wireless network. Select PAWS-Secure, and provide your valid UGA MyID and password. PAWS-Secure only requires a one-time setup on each device. However, when you change your MyID password, you will also need to update it on your devices to access PAWS-Secure.

Your wireless device should support 802.11a, 802.11g or 802.11n protocols.

Where on campus can I access the wireless network?

PAWS-Secure and Welcome to UGA are available in all buildings on the Athens campus, including residence halls, libraries, classrooms, offices and green spaces. Both are available at UGA's extended campuses in Griffin, Buckhead and Gwinnett.

At the Health Sciences Campus, PAWS-Secure is available for general use for those with a UGA MyID. Medical Partnership users should connect to MedPAWS-Secure.

Which network do I choose?

If you have a UGA MyID, connect to PAWS-Secure.

Anyone without a MyID — such as campus visitors — may connect to the guest wireless network, called Welcome to UGA. 

Visitors must call the EITS Help Desk at 706-542-3106 to get a username and password to access the Welcome to UGA guest wireless network.

During the summer, a self-service guest wireless network, UGA_Visitors_Wifi, is also available for those visiting for new student orientation and other activities. You can find instructions for accessing this network on the EITS Help Desk site.

PAWS-Secure requires a mobile device that supports 802.1x secure authentication and AES encryptions, commonly known as WPA2 Enterprise.

What is eduroam?

eduroam is a roaming wireless network available to UGA students, faculty and staff on campus and at participating eduroam institutions. Anyone with a valid MyID may access eduroam while on campus at UGA or at participating eduroam institutions. eduroam is an additional wireless network option available to UGA students, faculty and staff. 

How do I connect my smart TV or game console in the residence halls to a wireless network?

Visit for instructions.

Who do I contact if I have problems?

Contact the EITS Help Desk by calling 706-542-3106.