PittNet is a high-speed, multi-service network that provides access to University computing resources, the Internet, and external research networks. All students, faculty, and staff can connect to the network. In order to support an ever increasing number of large bandwidth applications, PittNet is evaluated continually for updates and maintenance requirements.
Network services include IP Address Management, Domain Name Services, and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Services. The University manages the IP addresses and name services for the pitt.edu domain. Domain Name Services and DHCP services provide for provisioning of IP addresses and name resolution for PittNet users.
The University of Pittsburgh participates in the Internet2 and Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) initiatives. The University is a charter member of KINBER, the Keystone Initiative for Network-Based Education and Research, and is actively engaged in the establishment of the Pennsylvania Research and Education Network (PennREN).
How to Connect
Residence hall rooms include a direct Internet connection via PittNet, the University's network. Rooms feature both wired and wireless connectivity. Students are encouraged to use the wired connection for data-intensive applications, such as gaming and video streaming.
You will need a computer and an Ethernet cable to connect to the wired network port in your room.
Once your computer is connected, turn it on, open a Web browser, and go to technology.pitt.edu. If our Web site displays, you are already connected. If it does not, follow the instructions on your screen to connect to PittNet.
- From your phone or tablet, connect to WIRELESS-PITTNET and enter your Pitt username and password.
- From a laptop, connect to SETUP-PITT-WIFI, open a Web browser, and complete the automated connection wizard. The next time you connect, just select WIRELESS-PITTNET.
Student Technical Consultants are available to provide in-room technical support. Contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP  to request an appointment. Walk-in computer support is also available in the Litchfield Towers Lobby and the University Store on Fifth.
Faculty and Staff
As a faculty or staff member, someone in your department will usually assist you in connecting to PittNet. You can also request assistance through the Technology Help Desk.
Departments can connect computers, servers, and printers to PittNet. Only one device per port is permitted. CSSD installs and supports all networking equipment including hubs, switches, wireless access points, data ports, and cabling. Departmental networking equipment is not permitted. Please review the Network Usage Standards for more information.
Detailed Help for Connecting to PittNet
- Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, & 10.11: Manual Configuration for PittNet >
- Windows 10: Configuration for Publicly Accessible Network Ports >
- Windows 8: Configuration for Publicly Accessible Network Ports >
- Windows 7: Configuration for Publicly Accessible Network Ports >
- Windows Vista: Configuration for Publicly Accessible Network Ports >
Relevant Policies and Guidelines
- 06-03-03 Harassment by Telecommunications
- 07-02-06 Security of Electronic Medical Records - Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
- 09-08-01 Access to and Release of Education Records
- 10-02-04 Computer Data Administration
- 10-02-05 Computer Access and Use
- 10-02-06 UACD Security Privacy
- 10-02-08 Use and Management of SSN and UPI Numbers
- 10-02-13 University Network
- Acceptable Computing Access and Use Statement
- Downloading University Data Guideline
- Enterprise Security Controls Policy
- Guest Wireless Acceptable Use Statement
- Illegal File Sharing Guideline
- Network Usage Standards
- Residential Networking Acceptable Use Statement
- Student Code of Conduct
- Third Party Access to University Electronic Mail
- Wireless Network Standard