NoWires is the university’s wireless network. Wireless access is available in all academic and administrative buildings and all residence halls on both the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses.
Wireless access is available to guests in administrative and academic buildings. Connect to RU_Guest network and register.
For help connecting to NoWires or RU_Guest from your laptop or mobile device, visit the Help Desk FAQs.
Getting the Most from Your Wireless Connection at Rider
The utilization of Rider's wireless network called NoWires has increased dramatically over the past several years. Today, 5000 devices are connected daily compared to 3000 in 2014. The top destinations on Rider's wireless network are Netflix, Facebook, and Instagram. OIT will be making wireless network improvements over the summer anticipating even higher utilization and demand in the fall. Below are tips on what you can do to improve your experience:
- Keep your computer and phone operating system up to date. The software that operates your wireless card in your devices can sometimes cause problems and may have a hard time communicating with the access points. For computers, make sure you have up to date virus protection software.
- Connect your printer via USB: Wireless printers use significant network bandwidth and interfere with the wireless of others on the network, even when they are idle. For this reason, OIT strongly recommends that you connect your printer via USB instead of wireless.
- Get a new wireless card, if necessary: If you're in the market for a new computer, make sure the wireless card is "dual band", or supports "5ghz". If it supports 802.11ac, then it will be dual band for sure. If your computer only supports the older 2.4ghz band, you can buy a small USB adapter that operates at the faster speed for approx. $30.
- Do not bring your own access point. One major source of interference is misconfigured access points. Wireless devices, most commonly wireless routers, communicate on the same radio frequency as Rider's wireless network. When they are misconfigured, it causes problems for you and your neighbors.