18 November 2021 - Change in Campus Wi-FiWi-Fi identifier UNI-HEIDELBERG is now hidden
It all started with UNI-HEIDELBERG: About twenty years ago, the university's first Wi-Fi hotspots went into operation. Users could log in using the Wi-Fi identifier UNI-HEIDELBERG. This historic identifier has now become obsolete and has been made invisible on 25 November 2021.
For the majority of users, this will not change anything: They can continue to connect to the campus Wi-Fi using the recommended Wi-Fi identifiers (SSIDs) eduroam or UNI-WEBACCESS. More information and instructions for setting up Wi-Fi access on private and work devices can be found in the Service Catalogue.
Switching to other Wi-Fi identifiers is recommended
Devices that still use the UNI-HEIDELBERG identifier should be able to access it even after it has been made invisible. In the long run, however, the identifier will be deactivated (after an additional announcement by the URZ), which is why we recommend switching to the SSIDs eduroam or UNI-WEBACCESS now.
If you are dependent on the UNI-HEIDELBERG identifier for a special use case and need help switching, please contact the IT Service. You will then receive case-specific advice from our network experts.
The goal: Simplifying the university's Wi-Fi landscape
The Wi-Fi identifier UNI-HEIDELBERG, a remnant from the early days of the university' s wireless network, is hardly used anymore. The identifier often causes frustration among new users, because they understandably assume from its unique name that it is the main access point to the campus Wi-Fi.
Hiding the identifier will simplify the university's Wi-Fi landscape and make it more user-friendly. For nostalgic users, the identifier will stick around for a while, at least in hidden form.
- The Wi-Fi identifier UNI-HEIDELBERG has been hidden since 25 November 2021.
- For most users, this will not change anything: The recommended Wi-Fi identifiers eduroam and UNI-WEBACCESS will remain visible and available, of course.
- We recommend that users of the SSID UNI-HEIDELBERG switch to other SSIDs. The URZ can provide support for complex use cases.
- The Wi-Fi identifier UNI-HEIDELBERG will be deactivated in the long run.