Below is a list of places where students can access free wi-fi.
Free Western Cape Government WiFi
Free Wi-Fi provided by the Western Cape government. This provides 250 MB per day per month: https://www.goodthingsguy.com/south-afri-can-stories/cape-town-just-launched-free-wifi-heres-can-find-hotspots/
The locations of these Wi-Fi hotspots: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1UViCKRG5-JOD6RNJLsFnIuIkJqg
How to connect:
- Turn on WiFi on your smartphone, tablet or laptop
- Search for nearby WiFi networks
- Select “NeoHotspot” and connect
City of Cape Town WiFi
List of City of Cape Town WiFi hotspots
Telkom has also waived data costs to help students access educational materials. The following link provides more information:
Students who use Cell C, MTN or Telkom to go online can access university resources for free. CPUT is currently engaging with the service providers to address the institution’s URL.
AlwaysOn WiFi allows users of certain SAMSUNG devices (bought in the last three years) to access the internet for free (1gig per month) for 12 months. AlwaysOn WiFi is available in most shopping centers around the country as well as McDonalds restaurants, hotels and other public areas. To connect, use the hop-spot find in the link below and go to the nearest hot-spot. After finding a Wifi hot-spot, connect to the network and then open your internet browser. Your browser will open on the registration page where you can register your device for free internet access.
Connect your Android device to the UCT wireless service
Before you connect to the UCT wireless service, your device must comply with UCT Networking policies:
- Your device must have the latest operating system updates or patches (available via your device’s Software update feature).
- Your device must have an up-to-date anti-virus software program (there are numerous well-known apps available for mobile devices).
Failure to comply with these requirements puts you in violation of the Policy on unsecured computers at UCT – and you could lose access to the UCT network.
Automatically set up your computer using eduroam CAT
Manually set up your device
Instructions may vary slightly, depending on your version of Android. However, the actual configuration settings (step 4) are correct for all versions of Android.
- Turn your device’s WiFi On.
- Access your device’s Settings > WiFi.
- Select the eduroam wireless service.
- When a dialog box prompts you to enter configuration settings, enter the following:
- EAP method: PEAP
- Phase 2 authentication: MSCHAPV2
- CA certificate: leave as blank / unspecified / Do not validate
- Identity: email@example.com (where “username” is your student or staff number)
- Anonymous identity: leave this field blank
- Password: UCT network password
- IP settings: DHCP (you may have to Show advanced options to view this field)
- Tap Connect (or OK).