How to Connect to a UBC Secure


The University of British Columbia, or UBC, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students, is not only one of the largest universities in the world, but the institution also boasts one the world’s largest private wireless networks. Students and faculty members at UBC are able to access the schools UBCSecure network with encryption keys they can download from university servers. Once students or teachers download and configure the encryption keys, they are able to access the private network from almost anywhere on the nearly 1,000-acre UBC campus.

  • Open a Web browser, and go to the UBC “Setup Secure Access (ubcsecure)” Web page (see Resources).

  • Click the green banner in the middle of the page labeled “Autoconnect Utility.” Wait for a new browser tab or window to appear.

  • Review the “End-User License Agreement.” Click and enable the “I accept the terms of the End-User License Agreement” option. Click the green “Start” button.

  • Wait for the XpressConnect utility to launch in your browser screen. If the utility does not load automatically, click the “Install Manually” button on the screen. Click the “Run” button when the security confirmation window appears. Wait for the XpressConnect installation utility to appear in a pop-up window. Depending upon the speed of your Internet connection, this may take several minutes.

  • Click and enable the “Automatically Determine Network Connection” option in the “UBC Information Technology Setup Secure Wireless (ubcsecure)” window. Click the “Continue” button. Wait for the setup wizard to detect your wireless network adapter and configure for use on the UBC secure network.

  • Enter your UBC user name and password when prompted. Click the “Save Settings” button and then “Connect.” After the network authenticates your user name and password, you can browse the secure network or surf the Internet using the UBC secure proxy servers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your computer must have a compatible wireless network adapter to connect to the UBC secure network. To see if the adapter in your computer is able to access the network, see the list of compatible Wi-Fi adapters on the UBC Secure website (see Resources).

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