Campus Wide Internet Access


We provide fast and reliable internet on campus through wired and wireless access, both for personal and instructional use. Internet access is available in all campus buildings (subject to the Acceptable Use Policy), and at our off-site locations.

At present, UC Merced is migrating to a new network design and standard as well as completing a number of capital projects. Your physical location may determine the level of access you have to one of several networks. Please select from below access required:


Next Generation Network (NGN) –  Faculty, Staff, and Students

WiFi Name: ‘UCM CatNet’

NGN is the newest 10GIG network be deployed across the campus.  All academic buildings and residential builds have been upgraded.   Click here for more information Next Generation Network project.

  • UCM_CatNet is the preferred & authenticated wireless network at UC Merced. It is a faster, encrypted network based on state-of-the-art 802.11ac Wave 2 technology.
  • UCM_CatNet is currently available in all dorms, academic, and larger administrative buildings on campus.
  • UCM_CatNet is an encrypted network and as such requires some minor configuration. However, once you have successfully connected, you will not need to repeat the configuration process. Please see device-specific instructions below.

While most of the campus has been upgraded to NGN standards, some smaller service buildings remain on the legacy network and have a different wireless configurations. Those buildings on campus with legacy wireless are Facilities A & B, Police dept., Central Plant and Early Childhood Education Center, and the potable water pumping station. Off campus the Castle Research Center, Mondo and Promenade locations are also on the legacy wireless network. See section 3 for details.

Connecting to ‘UCM CatNet’ WiFi network 
Setup for Windows (Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10)
Setup for Mac OS (Mac OS X)
Setup for Apple iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)
Setup for Android devices (Android)

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eduroam – Educational WiFi for Participating Institutions

WiFi Name = ‘eduroam’

As a participating institution, UC Merced faculty, staff, and students can connect to secure eduroam wireless at other participating U.S. locations and international locations while using their UC Merced email address and password.

This is a reciprocal agreement and visitors who are eduroam subscribers from other institutions may also use their local logins on the UCM campus by selecting the ‘eduroam’ SSID in the list of available wireless networks shown on your device.

Connecting to the Eduroam network
Setup for Windows (Windows 7)
Setup for Mac OS (OS X)

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Legacy Network – Faculty, Staff, and Students

WiFi Name = ‘UCM-Auth’

As stated above, most of the campus has been upgraded to NGN standards, but some smaller service buildings remain on the legacy network and have a different wireless technologies. They will be updated in 2018. Those buildings on campus with legacy wireless are Facilities A & B, UCM Police dept., Central Plant, Early Childhood Education Center, and the potable water pumping station. Off campus the Castle Research Center, Mondo and Promenade locations are also on the legacy wireless network.

UCM-Auth is an encrypted network and requires some minor set-up. However, once you connect, you will not need to repeat the process. If you have not used it before you will not see it in the list of available networks. You must follow the instructions below.

Connecting ‘UCM-Auth’ WiFi Network
Setup for Windows
Setup for Mac OS X
Setup for Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)
Setup for Android
Setup for Linux(Ubuntu)

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Guest Access

WiFi Name = ‘UCM Guest’

If you are visitor to UC Merced, or if you do not have a UCM Net ID, you can still access our guest network during your time on campus. This SSID is unencrypted for easy access – so it is not secured and is NOT recommended for Staff, Faculty, or Students. You be asked to accept a device certificate – if you do not accept it you will not connect.

Connecting to the UCM-Guest network
Setup for Windows (Windows 7 & 8)
Setup for Mac OS (OS X)

If your device is not listed above or if you need help setting up wireless please call 209-228-HELP during normal business hours.

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