Connecting to the University of North Dakota Network
Wireless and Public Access Ports
Here’s what you need to know

In order to maintain network integrity, security, and reliability, authentication and validation is required to access the UND network via wireless and public access ports in the Chester Fritz Library, Gamble Hall, Memorial Union, Wilkerson, Starcher Hall and other locations across campus (see map of wireless locations). There are two ways to authenticate, one as a guest user, the other is authenticated access using your U-mail login and password.

Guest Access:

Network access as a guest doesn't require you to install additional software on your computer and gives access to Internet services (http, https, SSH, and VPN). Simply open a browser window and enter a URL such as http://www.yahoo.com. When the authentication login screen appears, click the "Guest Access" button and you will be taken to the requested URL. Please note: Services such as Instant Messaging will require authenticated access. This option is available for UND faculty, staff, students and guests of the University.

Authenticated Access:

In order to gain full access to the UND network, you will need the following:

  • U-mail login and password – a link is provided on the authentication page if you need to activate your U-Mail account. 
  • Web browser (Internet Explorer preferred)
  • Windows Computers also require:
    • Clean Access Smart Enforcer Client – software used to login (authenticate) and verify (validate) that your computer is up-to-date. If you don't have the Smart Enforcer client, it will be installed as part of the login process.
    • Up-to-date operating system – if your version of windows isn't up-to-date you will be directed to a web site during the process to update your computer.
    • Up-to-date anti-virus software that is running. UND supports McAfee, if your version isn't up-to-date, you will be directed to a site to update your software.

The authentication process will begin by opening an Internet browser window and being redirected to an authentication page. Once your username and password is entered, you will either be redirected to the URL you requested (if using a Mac or Linux computer) or Windows users will be prompted to download and install the Smart Enforcer client. Once you've successfully installed the software and your computer is validated as up-to-date, you may login or logout using the Smart Enforcer client which will be located in the system tray (the area located next to the computer clock). To login and logout, right mouse click on the icon for a list of complete menu items. 

Time outs:

Authenticated

If the computer is idle for more than 240 minutes, you will be required to log back in to regain university network access.

There is also a session timeout which requires you to re-authenticate after 720 minutes regardless of activity. If you are using the Smart Enforcer client for authentication, it will automatically pop-up. If you are not using the client and your connection appears to have dropped (e.g. web pages don't display, SSH unresponsive), go to the web page that displayed after you authenticated and click the login button. If you have closed your browser, restart it and enter a URL to be redirected to the login screen.

Guest

If the computer is idle for more than 240 minutes, you will be required to log back in to regain university network access. There is also a session timeout which requires you to re-authenticate after 240 minutes regardless of activity. If your connection appears to have dropped (e.g. web pages don't display, SSH unresponsive), go to the web page that displayed after you authenticated and click the login button. If you have closed your browser, restart it and enter a URL to be redirected to the login screen.

Important Resources

  • http://unet.und.edu/
  • ITSS Help Desk 777-2222
  • CFL Support Staff – stop by a library service desk or call 777-2774
  • Memorial Union Info Desk – 777-4321
  • Gamble and Starcher (Technology Dept.)-- CoBPA Tech Center - stop by Gamble Hall 370 or call 777-3945