Wi-Fi Access

Please note:  The Department of Economics does not manage or control the Wi-Fi access points in our building.  Please submit ticket if you feel there is a technical problem with access due to low bars, signal strength or slow speed and you have not noticed this behavior on any other network with your device outside of Duke.  Please check the HUB (IT - ALERTS feed) on the home page before you submit a ticket since there may be a know issue with the overall network at that time and at what stage OIT is at in resolving the issue.  


Who has Access?  

Wi-Fi access is generally available to all faculty, staff and students of Duke university.  Access is also available visitors as well.  


Faculty, staff and students will normally connect to the "DukeBlue"  Wi-Fi.  This a less restrictive and allow you to connect to many resources across campus.   You must have a Duke NetID and password for access.  This will allow to reguester our device on the Duke wireless network. This does not pretain to campus wired connection access.  Refer to wired connection support. 

Visitors will connection the "DukeOpen"  this a restricted access to the internet.  

If you find yourself unable to access resources as you have before while at Duke check to make sure your device has not accidentally connected to the 'visitor" or "DukeOpen" network.  

The other connection method is  using the "eduroam"  which is a universal access method shared by participating school and universities around the global.   For more information on what eduroam please visit  eduroam site


How to Access?

Most laptops and many mobile devices have 802.11a/b/g/n ("WiFi") equipment built in. If you're not sure whether or not yours has such a device, refer to your equipment manufacturer.

If you don't have the equipment, you'll need to purchase a wireless adapter. These cards can be purchased from the Duke Technology Center or a local retailer for less than $50. The minimum recommended specifications for a wireless adapter are:

  • 802.11g
  • Support for 802.1x and WPA

However, we recommend purchasing a card with the following specifications for optimal performance on Duke's wireless network.

  • 802.11a/n
  • Support for 802.1x, WPA, and WPA2

If you have a Duke NetID, connect to the DukeBlue network:

  1. Open your network preferences and look for a network called "DukeBlue;".

If you don't have a Duke NetID, connect to Duke's visitor network:

  1. Open your network preferences and look for a network called "DukeOpen," which should be available to you across campus. Select this network.
  2. Open a browser. You should see the "welcome" message pertaining to the visitor network.
  3. Click Continue to connect to your normal start page.
  4. Note that the network cuts you off automatically after an hour of inactivity.

Still have questions? Review the Wireless FAQ page or submit a help request to the OIT Help Desk.