Wireless Services Guide
The wireless network allows easy access to library catalogs, databases and the Internet for all USF students and staff.
Currently enrolled students, faculty and staff may access one of two wireless networks, USF standard or USF-GOLD. USF standard requires registration through a NetID account. USF-GOLD is encrypted and requires a more lengthly process using links below. Students may also check out a wireless laptop from the circulation desk, which are pre-configured to use the existing wireless network without registration.
Accessing the USF Wireless Network
In order to use the wireless network at the University of South Florida you must:
- Have a wireless card in your computer. 802.11b, g and n standards are supported. Please note that there are significant performance differences between the offerings of different vendors. Typically wireless adapters built into laptops have better performance than external cards. Many smartphones such as the iPhone and PDAs will also work.
- Have a valid USF email account. If you are a student, you can get an email account from University Network Access. If you are faculty, staff, or a visitor, please contact your respective department for an email account.
- Choose USF standard or USF-GOLD Network Connectivity options.
- For USF standard wireless, register your laptop. Once you have met the first two prerequisites, you can register your laptop on the Laptop Registration web page that appears the first time you access the wireless network.
- For USF-GOLD wireless access, register once and set up WPA2 encryption. This can be done for a variety of devices and platforms. Please visit http://www.it.usf.edu/itc/wireless/goldfaq for more information.
If you encounter problems, please contact the Help Desk (813) 974-1222.
Additional Information Pages
Wireless Network and Access Point FAQs
This article gives an overview and quick information on how to judge if an access point in the USFSP Library is working, as well as general information about the wireless network.
Wireless Connectivity: Multiple Devices, Multiple Networks
The above article describes the differences between the wireless networks,
and gives instructions and links for connecting with different devices and platforms.
USFSP Nelson Poynter Library Wireless Coverage Maps
Poynter Wireless Coverage Maps
Tampa-Based Wireless Information
Information for Students Using their own wireless access Points
Non-USF Use of the Library Wireless Network