Students using laptops and tablets outside at a small picnic table in the fall.

Wireless Network & Services

With over 608 wireless access points, wireless (Wi-Fi) access to Winona State’s online resources is widely available across campus, including Main Campus, Rochester Campus, West Campus, East Lake Apartments, Wabasha Hall, and all residence halls. Personal wireless access points are prohibited in these areas, including residence halls. If you have trouble connecting wirelessly, please see the troubleshooting tips below or contact the Technical Support Center.

There is also wireless access at East Lake Winona, approximately from the visitors’ center on Huff Street to the softball field near Hamilton Street, encompassing the Lake Lodge area, the band shell, playground, and softball fields.

Students

Students’ WSU-issued devices should automatically connect to the Warrior network using the same username and password that is required to login to D2L or WSU email.


Faculty and Staff

Employees’ WSU-issued devices should automatically connect to the Wazoo network. In Rochester, employees use the Warrior wireless network and must use a wired connection to access ISRS and other university databases.

Students, Faculty and Staff – Use the following guides to connect personally-owned devices to the WSU wireless network.


How to Connect personally-owned laptops to the WSU Network:

For a step-by-step guide, please visit the Connecting Personally-Owned Laptops Wiki page.


How to Connect to the WSU Network with tablets and phones:

  1. Click on settings
  2. Click on Wi-Fi
  3. Click on the appropriate network (see the list and descriptions below)
  4. Enter your WSU credentials when prompted (WSU username and password)

Guests

Guests to any of the WSU campuses should select the wireless network appropriate for their location as described below.

If you need additional assistance, please contact the Technical Support Center.

Warrior

This is the primary wireless network for students throughout the Winona campuses and for students and employees on the e-Warrior program in Rochester. WSU student devices should automatically connect to the Warrior network using the same username and password that is required to login to D2L or WSU email. This network is available to anyone with a valid WSU account – students, employees, alumni and retirees. It can be accessed via personally-owned devices as well as WSU devices.

Wazoo

This is the primary network for employees throughout the Winona campuses. Employees’ WSU devices should automatically connect to the Wazoo network. In Rochester, employees use the Warrior wireless network and must use a wired connection to access ISRS and other university data bases.

WarriorLake

Use this wireless network when at East Lake Winona. It is available to anyone with a valid WSU account – students, employees, alumni and retirees.

StarLAN

This is a coordinated wireless network service that provides visiting Minnesota State employees, staff, and students with basic wireless internet access. It does not provide access to resources like campus printers. WSU has enabled the StarLAN network for campus visitors from other Minnesota State institutions, but StarLAN is not available on every Minnesota State campus. Visitors will need their StarID and password to access it.

wsuguest2

Visitors to the Winona campus are able to enjoy wireless access with a temporary account on our WSUGuest2 wireless network. There is a two-hour and two GB data limit, and account information is purged every 24 hours.

Guests or groups planning an extended stay on campus can request unlimited access to WSUGuest2 during their stay by contacting Tech Support. To access the guest network, open your device’s wireless settings, select WSUGuest2, then open your favorite browser. Follow the instructions on the WSU Guest Wireless web page that appears when you open your browser.

ucrguest

This is a guest network available on the Rochester campus. The password is ucrguest and it is available only for surfing the internet.

RCTCHive

This is the primary wireless network on the Rochester campus. It is the preferred network for WSU students and employees with personally owned devices (including phones) on the Rochester campus. Printing and network drives are not available on the RCTCHive network. The password is expecttheunexpected.

Avoid connecting to wireless networks that don’t require a password. Connecting to an unsecure network (one that does not show a lock or other kinds of security indicators) can permit criminals to eavesdrop on your Internet activity and steal your private data (credit card information, passwords, etc.). 

Optimize Your Dorm Wi-Fi Connection

Does your wireless signal in your room appear weak or nonexistent? Visit the optimizing your wifi connection page in the WSU technology database.