Getting Connected

If you do not have access to a device that works with CMU's technology services, or if you don't have an adequate internet connection to support online learning while CMU classes have moved online, there may be additional resources available near you.  And, as always, if none of these solutions solve your problem, please contact the OIT Help Desk.  We're here to help!

Resources in Mt. Pleasant and elsewhere

Michigan public Wi-Fi list

The State of Michigan has been collecting a list of self-reported public Wi-Fi networks in the state. This is a great place to start to find a public network near you. You can find the updated list here:

https://connectednation.org/michigan/hotspotmap

Computer resources

If you're located in or near Mt. Pleasant, the 1 North Study Room in Park Library has physical computers available for student use. If you plan to visit 1 North, please check their hours and availability And, of course, please be sure to take recommended precautions to reduce the spread of coronavirus out of respect for your fellow students. 

Campus Wi-Fi access

If you're in the Mt. Pleasant area and want to use CMU's wireless network, please know that campus Wi-Fi is available in the Lot 63 parking lot, located just south of the Kelly/Shorts Stadium. We've set this up so that you can park, access the internet, and get your schoolwork done from the comfort of your vehicle. Just make sure to park near one of the light poles where we've located the access points, and you should find plenty of coverage. We ask that you stay in your car and observe social distancing safeguards.

Other areas

Other universities across Michigan have created similar Wi-Fi enabled spaces, many of which offer guest access.  Here's a partial list of university lots with publicly available Wi-Fi.  If you're near a Michigan university that's not on this list, please check with that institution to see if they might have a lot or other facility available for your use.

Home internet resources

Some internet service providers (ISPs) are currently running special offers to respond to the unprecedented need for high-speed internet service. In some cases, these are discounts on new or ongoing service, or it might mean that certain ISPs have vowed not to terminate service due to lack of payment.

To be clear, OIT does not endorse the user of any of these ISPs or any other specific ISP, and we strongly encourage you to ensure that you have carefully reviewed any applicable contracts prior to signing an agreement. Remember that these are businesses, and they are ultimately looking to make a profit, especially after things calm down.

With that in mind, some of these may be useful to you. You can find more on the COVID-19 response pages for these ISPs widely available across Michigan: ComcastCharterAT&TVerizonSprintT-Mobile.