October 15, 2009

ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UCSD (Excluding Medical Center)

SUBJECT:    Encrypted UCSD Wireless Required as of November 9, 2009

The UC San Diego wireless (WiFi) network was upgraded recently to support better coverage, increased speed, enhanced data security via encryption, and streamlined guest services. As a result, we now support the following two wireless networks:

(1) "UCSD-PROTECTED" for all students, faculty, and staff. This network provides high speed coverage with encryption that allows access to protected campus services such as library databases. Configuring your computer to use this network requires a one-time setup that installs a secure certificate on your device. Detailed instructions are available at:

(2) "UCSD-GUEST for visitors and guests. This is an unencrypted network, similar to those available at Internet Cafés. It requires a daily user registration and does not allow access to protected campus services unless VPN is turned on.

The old "UCSD" unencrypted wireless network, which does not protect communications, will be turned off on November 9, 2009. We encourage you, therefore, to immediately configure your computer to use the "UCSD-PROTECTED" network (see and not wait until the last minute. If you encounter any problems, you can contact your system administrator, contact the ACT helpdesk ( or 858-534-1853), or bring your laptop/PDA to the walk-up helpdesk in Applied Physics & Mathematics (AP&M) Room 1313, open Monday thru Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm.

Additionally, we will be offering the following walk-up support sessions during the week of November 2, 2009:

Mon, Nov. 2 1:30-3:30pm IR/PS, lobby of Robinson Auditorium
Tue, Nov. 3 1:30-3:30pm SIO Administration Building, Conf. Room 114
Wed, Nov. 4 1:30-3:30pm CSE (EBU3b) first-floor lobby (center of L-shaped bldg)
Thu, Nov. 5 1:30-3:30pm BSB, Liebow Auditorium
Fri, Nov. 6 1:30-3:30pm Price Center, Sun God Lounge

We realize that this transition may be inconvenient, requiring a bit of your time, and we thank you for your cooperation in keeping the campus network secure.

Elazar C. Harel
Assistant Vice Chancellor -
Administrative Computing & Telecommunications