Alternate Wi-Fi Networks for Special Uses

In an effort to provide the best possible wireless service to a wide variety of users and devices, NYU Wi-Fi offers several potential ways for a device to connect, depending on the type and age of the device and the components inside it, your location, the operating system, and your role at the University.

"nyu" is the primary NYU Wi-Fi network for the majority of users and devices at NYU and provides the most reliable, interference-free, and fastest connection speeds across NYU’s global locations.

However, providing specialized service as well as support for older and unusual devices means the number of potential avenues to NYU Wi-Fi — known as SSIDs (Service Set IDentifiers) — can be confusing, especially if you have previously connected to a specific SSID that may no longer be the best suited for what you want to accomplish.

On this pageGaming and Streaming DevicesGuests and Visitors | Specific Android Devices | NYU Legacy | eduroam | Determining Which Network You’re Using | Forgetting a Wi-Fi Network | NYU Wired Network

Available Specialized Networks

Gaming and streaming devices: nyu-media

Residents of NYU residence halls in New York can register a game console and/or digital media device that does not support the WPA2 Enterprise protocol used by the main "nyu" network (such as smart TVs or Roku) for use on the wireless "nyu-media" network.

Visitors and guests without an NYU NetID: nyuguest

nyuguest is a wireless network made available to NYU guests and visitors who do not have an NYU NetID and thus cannot connect to the primary "nyu" network. It is designed for short-term visitors or events that requires faculty or staff sponsorship. For longer-term guests and contractors, sponsors should instead obtain affiliate NetIDs.  

Devices with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi that cannot see the primary "nyu" network: nyu-legacy

Note: before you attempt to connect to 'nyu-legacy', verify that your device is not able to connect to the primary 'nyu' network. Use of nyu-legacy should be rare.

The primary "nyu" network is configured to provide a 5GHz connection. In some cases, manufacturers elect to install slower 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radios in their devices. If you do not see "nyu" under your device's list of available networks,  it may be because your device contains a 2.4GHz radio. In this case, you can select "nyu-legacy" and then follow the same instructions as you would use to connect your device to "nyu."

For specific Android devices: "nyuandroid"

There are a very few Android devices that, due to a hardware incompatibility, may experience difficulty connecting to the primary "nyu" network. The "nyuandroid" network was created for these devices. The majority of Android users should not connect to this network.


eduroam is a service that allows NYU community members to connect to Wi-Fi at other participating educational institutions using their NetID and password, or for visitors to NYU to connect to NYU's wireless network using their credentials from their home institution.

Note: eduroam is not for use by NYU community members at NYU locations. You should instead connect to NYU Wi-Fi's primary network, "nyu." If you have previously connected to eduroam at a peer institution, you should forget the eduroam network or disable autoconnect upon your return to NYU, in order to prevent your device from accidentally connecting to eduroam instead of "nyu."

Determining Which Network You’re Using

If your wireless connection seems slow, or if you find yourself frequently losing your connection, your first step should be verifying the SSID to which your device is connected. You can accomplish this by going into your device’s Settings screen and choosing to review your Wi-Fi settings (the process varies by device). The SSID to which you are connected should appear at the top of a list, followed by other available networks. If your device is compatible with the nyu SSID, that is the one to which you should be connected; all other NYU SSIDs should be removed (see below).

Forgetting a Wi-Fi Network

Forgetting a network means removing any stored login credentials from your device. There are a few instances in which it may be useful to forget a network.

  • Mac iPhone, or iPad
  • Android: Open Settings and tap on the Wi-FI icon. Tap and hold the Wi-Fi network you want to delete, then select Forget Network.
  • Windows: In the system tray, click the network icon, and choose Network & Internet settings. Click Manage Wi-Fi settings. Under Manage known networks, select the Wi-Fi network to be removed. Click Forget.

You can also avoid unexpected connections to the wrong network by deselecting Auto reconnect or setting your device to always ask before joining a network.

NYU Wired Network

Although NYU Wi-Fi has become the default method connection for many NYU community members, the wired (or "Ethernet") connection available in many residence halls and offices provides a fast, reliable, dedicated connection to NYU-NET resources.