Connecting personally-owned laptops to the WSU network

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About this article

This article includes instructions for connecting a personally-owned laptop to the WSU campus network. It is intended for WSU students and employees with a valid WSU network account.

Antivirus must be installed

All computer equipment attached to the WSU network must have an antivirus program installed, updated and fully functional to ensure your laptop is free from any viruses or malware.

WSU students and employees

Wired access

Use a network cable to connect your laptop to any network port on campus. Network cables can be checked out from the Technical Support Center in Somsen 207 or the Information Gallery in the Krueger Library. They can also be purchased from the bookstore.

Wireless access

Connect to the secure Warrior wireless network using the instructions below for a PC or Mac if you have the following operating system versions:

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.7 and newer
  • Android version 4.0 and newer
  • iOS version 7.1 and newer

If you have an older operating system than those listed, connect to the Warrior wireless network using your phone carrier or connect to the WSUGuest wireless network.

PC instructions

  1. Make sure the wireless button is turned on and that Windows is not in airplane mode.
  2. Go to Start, Settings, and click on the wireless icon to pull up a list of available wireless networks.
  3. Select the Warrior network.
  4. Enter your WSU username (email address) and password and follow the prompts.

Mac instructions

  1. Click the wireless icon on the menu bar near the top right of the screen.
  2. If necessary, select Turn Wi-Fi On.
  3. Click the wireless icon again, and select Warrior from the list of available networks.
  4. Enter your WSU username (email address) and password.
  5. When the Verify Certificate window appears, click Continue.
  6. You may be prompted to enter your login password before Wi-Fi connects.

Available resources

Once connected, you will have Internet and network file directory access. You will not have access to WSU licensed software or network printers from a personally-owned laptop.


Access personal and department file directories. Once connected to the warrior network, run \\\dfs\employees. You will see five folders for PersonalStorage, ClassStorage, Department, GroupStorage, and Web-Course1.


Access class file directories by running \\\dfs\students. You will be prompted for your WSU username and password and see three folders for ClassStorage, GroupStorage and Web-Student Webs.

Technical Support

We encourage students and employees to attempt setting up wireless access on their own with the directions given above. If assistance is needed, contact the Technical Support Center (, 507-457-5240, Somsen Hall 207).