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Wireless: Visitor Wireless on Princeton campus for short term stays (FAQ)
OIT Visitor Wireless and eduroam for short stays on campus


Wireless Internet service is provided to visitors of Princeton University through eduroam or Visitor Wireless.


In addition to the Visitor Wireless Service described below, Princeton University is a participant in the eduroam federated network access service. This service allows visitors from participating institutions to gain access to the Princeton University wireless network using authentication credentials from their home institution. See: eduroam at Princeton for complete information.

Visitor Wireless

For alumni during Reunions, vendors on campus for demonstrations, or any other short term visitor, please use Visitor Wireless (PUvisitor). PUvisitor provides Internet service for up to seven days within a calendar month. Visitor Wireless is not intended to provide service for Princeton faculty, staff, and students, nor to longer-term visitors. It does not provide service to wired-only devices.

Overview of Visitor Wireless

OIT Visitor Wireless service operates as a network that is open and requires no registration. This is unique to the Princeton environment, and is not like the service one might utilize at a public facility like an airport or conference center. Specifically, since this service provides complete Internet access without any registration (unlike most airport/public facility networks which require one to register and/or pay to authenticate to the network), the protocols used by the service require that the computers using this network be configured to attach distinctly to the "puvisitor" network.

OIT Visitor Wireless is intended to provide service to wireless devices belonging to short-term visitors with wireless Internet needs without having to register the device with OIT. The service is available throughout campus.

Visitor Wireless provides service for up to seven days within a calendar month. It is not intended to provide service to devices used regularly on campus by Princeton University faculty, staff, and students, or to longer-term visitors. Those devices should  use PUwireless

Configuration settings

Windows computers

Mac OS X computers


Remembered networks in the way?

If your computer is registered in the Host Database you cannot use the PUvisitor wireless network. If you accidentally select that network, your device will appear to freeze (Windows) or you will receive an error message (Mac OS X). You will need to wait at least two minutes before attempting to connect (or reconnect). The reason for this two minute interval is that the system remembers your original request for a certain period of time. If your computer doesn't connect correctly after the two minute interval, try rebooting.

Princeton University offers the puvisitor wireless network for short term access to visitors on campus. Because puvisitor is not intended for wireless devices used regularly on campus by faculty, staff, and students, or long term visitors, connection to PUvisitor network is limited to 7 days per calendar month and is not available after 3 months of use. If you have previously used PUvisitor and now wish to connect to the PUwireless network, it is recommended that you remove PUvisitor from your device's remembered wireless networks before attempting to connect to puwireless.

Are you in a wireless service area?

Check the OIT wireless coverage map.

Is wireless connectivity on your computer enabled?

Be sure you have not accidentally turned off wireless on your computer.

Guidelines for Use policy
Your use of the Visitor Wireless service constitutes your agreement to abide by the University's acceptable use policy; see Princeton University Information Technology Policy. If you do not agree to abide by that policy, do not connect to this network.

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Last Updated:
March 22, 2016

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