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Connecting to "usdguest" with a Corporate-Owned Computer


In order to use "usdguest", our guest wireless network at the University of San Diego, your computer must meet certain requirements to allow connection. If your computer is owned by a corporation or you do not have administrator access, the following will need to be installed by a system administrator before coming on to campus. Users who are unable to meet the minimum requirements will be unable to connect to the USD network and Internet connection.

Credit Card Entry in Guest Login

Guest users who do not already have accounts with the University of San Diego must create one by paying for an allotted amount of time. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Diner’s Club card.

To access the internet as a guest on USD’s networks, first connect to the “usdguest” wireless network. Upon attempts to browse the internet, a blue Aruba login screen will appear, and on the right side there is a link to “Create an account.” Upon creating the account, the user will select the allotted time that he/she will need to access the internet. This can range from a day’s worth of access to a full week.

Upon selection, the user will be billed on a credit card that is entered before confirmation. Once completed, the user will then be given a username and password that will be used as his/her credentials. The user can then log into the network with that combination.


The University of San Diego networks require that antivirus is installed on all computers accessing the network (see Acceptable Antivirus list).

Windows Update Notify

All computers used by students/staff/faculty on the USD network must alert users when Windows Updates are available. Occasionally, this is disabled by a system administrator through group policy. SafeConnect will check and make sure that computers are set to at least notify users of Windows Updates.

This option can be found under the Windows Update icon in the Control Panel for Windows Vista and 7, and in the Security Center for Windows XP. It can at least be set to “Notify me, but do not download or install.” If the options are grayed out, they must be reenabled by the system administrator.

Apple Updates for Macs

For functionality reasons, we recommend that all Apple computer users install all available system updates before coming to campus. These updates often include driver changes, which can improve wireless connectivity on campus. You can install these by clicking on the “Software Update” selection under the top-left Apple menu.

Up-to-Date Windows Drivers

In some cases, the computer will not be able to connect if its wireless drivers are incompatible with the network. Updating the drivers for the computer will ensure that it can view available wireless networks and be able to connect properly. The following page lists the minimum drivers required by our wireless network: