Internet Access

GW IT provides a variety of wired and wireless network and Internet services to GW students, faculty, staff and visitors. The division works to support, monitor and optimize network performance while maximizing network security and availability. 

Wireless Internet Access

GWireless

GWireless is a secure wireless network that uses an authentication method that works with a variety of computers, Apple iOS mobile devices and a variety of Android devices. GWireless automatically connects devices to the Internet. Once users are connected, they will not have to log in to the system again. GW community members may log into GWireless using their GW NetIDs (the GW NetID is the part of a GW email address before the “@” symbol) and the passwords that correspond to their NetIDs.

Instructions for iOS

Instructions for Android

eduroam

eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community, and it allows students from member institutions to connect to the Internet across campus and when visiting other participating institutions using their full GW email ([email protected]) and the passwords that correspond to their NetIDs. For more information and a list of participating U.S. institutions, visit “Where can I eduroam?”.

GWplay

GW students living on-campus can now register their Apple TV, Playstation 4s, Roku media players, Nintendo Switch and Xbox Ones to GW's gaming and streaming network, GWplay. With GWplay, you’ll be able to wirelessly connect your devices to the GW network. For instructions on how to add your devices for GWplay, please visit the GWiz Knowledgebase and search for keyword "GWplay"

Wired Internet Access

GWired provides students living in the residence hall system with a high-speed wired network connection. Students can sign out equipment for their wired internet connections from the IT Support Center by calling 202-994-GWIT (4948) or by visiting the ITSC Walk-Up Support Office. Most residence halls require media converters to use GWired.

Please visit this knowledge article on more information about GWIred

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

GW's Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows remote access to many university systems and resources that are otherwise protected from off-campus access. It does this by creating a "virtual" encrypted channel from your remote location back to GW's network.

In order to access GW's VPN please download the new software, Cisco AnyConnect, and enter in your GW NetID and corresponding password (your NetID is the first part of your GW email address before the @ symbol). Once you have logged in, please select to download the appropriate client. Instructions on how to set up the VPN client on different platforms can be found below.  Here are details for logging in to GW's VPN for the first time.

 

Instructions for Windows

Instructions for Mac OSX

Instructions for Android

Instructions for iOS

Download Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

If you need access to a specific VPN Group, complete the Virtual Private Network Access Form. Then submit the completed form to [email protected].

Wireless Internet Access

GWireless

GWireless is a secure wireless network that uses an authentication method that works with a variety of computers, Apple iOS mobile devices and a variety of Android devices. GWireless automatically connects devices to the Internet. Once users are connected, they will not have to log in to the system again. GW community members may log into GWireless using their GW NetIDs (the GW NetID is the part of a GW email address before the “@” symbol) and the passwords that correspond to their NetIDs.

Instructions for iOS

Instructions for Android

eduroam

eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community, and it allows students from member institutions to connect to the Internet across campus and when visiting other participating institutions using their full GW email ([email protected]) and the passwords that correspond to their NetIDs. For more information and a list of participating U.S. institutions, visit “Where can I eduroam?”.

Wired Internet Access: Faculty & Staff 

This service provides Internet connectivity to classrooms, residence halls and offices across the university, as well as access to University tenants. Wired connectivity is faster, more secure and more robust than wireless internet access. It is also used to support GW unified communications voice services like desk phones, faxes, and call-centers.

Wired connections are $28/month per data jack and may be subject to an additional one time installation fee, if a new jack is required.  The standard connection provided is up to 1GB capable. For adds, moves and changes please submit a request.

The scheduled maintenance window for this service will be every other Wednesday 2:00 am - 5:00 am. Customers are asked to limit access to the service during this time, as services may be unavailable or unreliable. Customers will be notified in advance if the maintenance window will be utilized.

For support, please contact the IT Support Center (ITSC) at (202)-994-4948. The ITSC can also be contacted by email at [email protected] or by opening a web request.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

GW's Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows remote access to many university systems and resources that are otherwise protected from off-campus access. It does this by creating a "virtual" encrypted channel from your remote location back to GW's network.

In order to access GW's VPN please download the new software, Cisco AnyConnect, and enter in your GW NetID and corresponding password (your NetID is the first part of your GW email address before the @ symbol). Once you have logged in, please select to download the appropriate client. Instructions on how to set up the VPN client on different platforms can be found below.  Here are details for logging in to GW's VPN for the first time.

 

Instructions for Windows

Instructions for Mac OSX

Instructions for Android

Instructions for iOS

Download Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

If you need access to a specific VPN Group, complete the Virtual Private Network Access Form. Then submit the completed form to [email protected].

GWconnect

GWconnect is a wireless network that is reserved for guests of the university including parents, university event attendees and other visitors. 

GWconnect - 72 hours Free WiFi for Guests

GWconnect is the WiFi network that is reserved for guests of the university including parents, university event attendees and other visitors.   

Guests must self-register for their access credentials.  If a guest cannot receive texts or access email to retrieve the credentials, please contact the IT Support Center for assistance at 202-994-4948 or [email protected].

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GWconnect – Up to 90-Days Access for GW Sponsored Guests

Guests sponsored by a member of the GW community can now register for a sponsored account that, upon approval, grants network access for up to 90 days.

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eduroam

eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community, and it allows visitors from participating institutions to connect to the Internet across GW's campuses and when visiting other participating institutions using their university login credentials. For more information and a list of participating U.S. institutions, visit “Where can I eduroam?”.