Technology in the Residence Halls


Wireless Network

The UWRF residence halls are 100 percent wireless. There are no wired ports available in any of the residence halls. You must have a wireless device to connect to the internet in your room.  If your device (such as a computer, tablet, game system, blu-ray player, smart TV, etc.) does not have wireless capabilities, you will need to obtain a wireless adapter for your device.

The Chromecast is not supported in our ResHalls and will not work properly.

Original Wii gaming consoles will be unable to connect to the wireless network.  

  • Wiis are unable to connect to our wireless without using an older technology standard called 802.11b which is not supported on campus.  We only support the newer, faster standards 802.11g and 802.11n.  You can continue to play most games on your Wii without connecting to the network.
  • If you use your Wii to stream Netflix, there are many alternatives which will allow you to inexpensively stream services to your television.  If you would like a recommendation on a streaming option or wireless adapter for a device, please contact us at dots@uwrf.edumail or call us at 715-425-3687.

Connect to the UWRF-CAMPUS wireless network using your Falcon ID username and password.  You should only need to do this once each term.  On this new network (which replaced FalconAir) you will be able to self-register your game systems and other devices.

The UWRF-GUESTS network is available for your guests.  They will need to agree to our Acceptable Use Policy to gain wireless access and will be required to do so every 4 hours.  This network is limited in several ways including access to campus resources.  As a student with a Falcon ID, you should choose the UWRF-CAMPUS network to ensure access to campus resources at greater speeds.

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The campus cable television system is a digital QAM system

The university does not sell or rent set top boxes like a satellite or a cable television company does, saving you money on equipment you do not need.  The university’s television system is a “ClearQAM digital system” which works with most televisions.

You must have a TV with a digital QAM tuner or a converter box that will tune a digital QAM signal. Most televisions manufactured since 2006 have a QAM tuner.

You must have a TV and not a monitor!  Monitors are connected to cable or satellite boxes, Tivos, DVRs, etc.  Monitors do not have tuners in them and televisions do, they look the same hanging on the wall at the store.  

You must have a TV with a digital ClearQAM tuner or an external converter that can decode digital ClearQAM signals. Most televisions manufactured since 2006 have a QAM tuner, but not all tuners support ClearQAM.  Please check with your TV manufacturer to ensure your TV can support ClearQAM.

Set the TV to "cable" and scan for the channels. See your television’s instruction manual and on-screen menu.

Under the Channel Programming menu, set the TV band to "Cable" and perform an “auto scan.”  Check your television’s instruction manual for precise instructions on how to auto tune the Cable TV band.  Scanning the “Antenna” band will not tune any channels.

  • Tech rooms with a cable jack have a computer featuring a USB converter that receives a digital TV signal. The computer serves as the TV for the room and can be projected on a screen.
  • If you wish to show Cable TV in a TEC room, please contact DoTS for technical support.
  • Offices with a cable jack need a TV with a QAM tuner or a digital QAM converter for the TV.
  • Offices with a cable jack need a TV with ClearQAM tuner or external converter, see above.
  • This system has over 40 HD channels and more than 40 SD Channels.
  • The University television system has over 40 High Definition channels and more than 40 Standard Definition channels.
  • TV channels begin with channel 100, NOT with channel 2, and go through channel 185. Sub-channels of some networks are available. For example KTCA is channel 102 and channel 102.2.
  • The TV channel lineup begins at channel 100 and ends at channel 185.   
  • Network stations from the Twin Cities, along with all their subchannels, are available on the cable system.  They will appear as a 3 digit number followed by a single decimal identifier.  For example, KSTP will appear as 105.1, and all subchannels will appear as 105.2, 105.3, etc.


Each residence hall has a shared network printer connected to a kiosk for releasing print jobs.

Collaborative Stations

New for Fall 2013, collaborative stations are designated work areas strategically placed in designated halls throughout campus where students may hold meetings to collaborate on projects using multimedia. Each collaborative station provides a table with power outlets and adapters which connect to a large flat screen television, allowing users to display the content of their multimedia device on a larger screen for others in the room to view.

Halls with Collaborative Stations: Ames Suites, Crabtree Hall, Grimm Hall, Hathorn Hall, Johnson Hall, Stratton Hall.

Blu-Ray Entertainment

Most residence halls have a Blu-Ray entertainment room equipped with 52" LCD TVs, Sony Blu-Ray Players (which will play regular DVDs as well), easy input and output ports to hook up your own Wii, Xbox or vintage gaming systems, surround sound, and new furniture and fixtures to create the perfect setting to watch your favorite shows or play your favorite games. Just stop by your hall front desk to check out the room key and remotes.

DoTS sells Ethernet and coaxial cables, along with a few other items, from our Hagestad Hall walk-up counter for the first two weeks of school (each semester) and during move-in week from the University Center and Hagestad.