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4. Connecting to the HKU Network

ITS has installed a high-speed and sophisticated campus network based on 10-Gigabit Ethernet and Fast Ethernet technologies with over 52,000 network access points installed which links together all the computer servers, workstations and PCs in the main and remote campuses.

Wireless access to the campus network and Internet is provided by over 5,100 WiFi access points and is available in all centrally-administered classrooms, public areas in the main campus, department offices and halls of student residence. Apart from the University’s WiFi network "HKU", students and staff can also enjoy WiFi access off-campus at CSL and Y5Zone WiFi hotspots in town, and at other local and overseas universities using “Universities WiFi” and international “eduroam”.

Students and staff can also access the “Wi-Fi.HK via HKU” service (requires no prior configuration) before their mobile devices are configured for connecting to the University’s WiFi network, “HKU”. However, please note that the Wi-Fi.HK via HKU is only for quick and immediate network access in an unsecure mode with limited bandwidth. More details can be found here.

In summary, after the one-time configuration and registration of a PC, students can access Internet services from the HKU campus without further configuration steps.

For accessing the campus network services outside the University network, students can use the HKU Virtual Private Network (HKUVPN).  Access to HKUVPN requires 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) which means on top of HKU Portal UID/PIN, a one-time token code has to be provided to complete the login step.  Students can register for using 2FA at http://www.its.hku.hk/2fa/student-dept-register.  After registration, a one-time token code will be sent to students’ registered alternate email address every time when they are making a VPN connection.   Please refer to our webpage at http://www.its.hku.hk/documentation/guide/network/remote/hkuvpn2fa for the configuration and connection steps. 

For connecting to the ubiquitous WiFi on and off-campus, please do a one-time configuration at your mobile devices by the following procedures:

For use by HKU staff/students-

For use by visitors from other institutions-

For free WiFi access off-campus-

For other types of network connections including LAN and VPN connections, please refer to the configuration procedures available at http://www.its.hku.hk/services/network/connect.

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