Communications Service Network

What you need to connect to wireless at Virginia Tech

Students, Faculty, and Staff

1. Be registered for wireless service

  • Students are automatically registered for wireless service and manage status of their wireless network service online at the Customer OnLine Access (COLA) website.
  • Faculty and staff can obtain service via departmental orders submitted on an Interdepartmental Communications Request (ICR). Contact your organization's Communications Liaison.

2. Your Network Password

A Network Password enables Virginia Tech affiliates to connect to VT-Wireless when they are on campus and connect remotely to the campus network using Virtual Private Networking (VPN) when off campus. Your Network Password is different from your PID password.

3. Connect to the VT-Wireless network

The VT-Wireless network uses the IEEE 802.1x authentication standard. Once configured, there will be no need to manually authenticate with each access to the Virginia Tech wireless network. It provides increased security by encrypting network traffic between your device and the wireless access point.

When connecting a Wi-Fi enabled device to the campus network for the first time, select the CONNECTtoVT-Wireless network and use the XpressConnect configuration service, or follow the link below.


If you are visiting Virginia Tech on business, you may be able to access the university's ConnectToVT-Wireless network by requesting access from a sponsoring department.

There is no open public wireless at Virginia Tech.

Temporary Access

Virginia Tech affiliates requiring only temporary wireless access may use the CONNECTtoVT-Wireless network and login using PID and Network Password credentials.


Please report any problems by contacting the Customer Support Center at 4-HELP (4-4357) from any Virginia Tech phone, 540-231-HELP (4357) from any other phone, or through the web at

Manual Configuration Instructions

First, create your Network Password at

To connect to the VT-Wireless network, follow the instructions for your operating system:

For VT-Wireless users who previously used a NetCert, it is important to remove the expiring NetCert. Follow the appropriate link below:


While using a Network Password is the recommended method of authentication, users may choose to use a NetCert to authenticate with the VT-Wireless network for a year at a time. NetCert instructions

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