Network Connections

Wired Classroom and Office Connections

For information on data in the Residence Halls, see this page: Residence Halls
For information on UWMWiFi, the wireless service on campus, see this page: UWMWiFi

CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS: All the General Assignment Classrooms have one data jack open for anyone to use. Just plug a laptop into the jack for full access to the internet on the campus network, no authentication with an ePantherID is required.

OFFICE JACKS: Activating a network jack requires a Service Request.

A NOTE ABOUT WALL JACKS: In some buildings, data jacks are identified with a “D;” voice jacks are identified with a “V.” Other buildings have universal jacks, meaning that they can be used for data or voice. If the jack in your building is not labeled with a “V” or “D”, it’s a universal jack.

Having connectivity issues?

For wired problems, contact Network and Telephone Services at 414-229-5800 or via email at

When requesting help about a networking, please include:

  • Network jack number
  • Building and room number
  • Your contact information (name, contact telephone number, ePanther ID)

Wired Network Changes and New Installations

Scope: UWM faculty, staff, students, visitors


University Information Technology Services (UITS) is responsible for managing the data network communications infrastructure to help ensure the integrity and reliability of the service in support of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) teaching and learning, research, and public service mission. UITS provides the campus network backbone, and network connectivity between UWM, the Internet and higher education networks. As part of its responsibility to provide access to University IT resources to the entire community, and ensure the integrity of the campus network service, UITS is responsible for the approval of network designs and networking components in buildings that connect to the campus network.

Although most equipment operates on the UWM network without problems, we have found that even a small misconfiguration of equipment on the network or a minor error in a network design can result in widespread network disruption. For example, incorrect placement of a “harmless,” consumer-grade wireless access point can interfere with other wireless networking, disrupting service to many others.


Approval for network designs and/or networking components must be obtained by contacting UITS at for a consultation.

Any equipment or computer that is designed/configured to serve any of the following purposes is subject to approval for use on the UWM network:

  • Network repeater, hub, switch, bridge (including devices such as “mini-hubs” and “mini-switches” that can obtained through electronics stores)
  • Wireless access point
  • Network firewall (not including firewall software intended to protect the individual computer on which it is installed)
  • Network router
  • Network patch panels
  • Network cabling between rooms or buildings
  • Network-attached special-use devices (e.g., access and surveillance systems, digital signage, etc.)
  • Experimental or prototype network implementations

The fiscal impact of any security breaches related to unauthorized networking equipment or designs will be fully charged back to the responsible unit. Reversal of any unapproved network changes/additions may be charged back to the unit.