Frequently Asked Questions


Question: Wireless Network & Access Point Quick Information


Access Point Lights reveal Status

Rapid Green & Blinking
The access point is booting up, initializing and loading software.

Blinking back and forth between Green & Red
The access point is on, and searching for a controller to connect to and get started.
If this goes on for more than a minute, this could be a sign that there is a connectivity issue.

Blue & Blinking
The access point is downloading new code from the controller, and will shortly restart.
This could happen more than once as the access point is set up or installing software.

Solid Green, or Solid Blue
The access point is up, and running fine. Solid blue means there are client connected and actively using the access point.

There may be some variation depending on the exact model of the switch and what was on the port previously.

Two Radios, Two Networks

There are two wireless radios in each access point, and both are available from all locations throughout the library. The first radio, the ‘basic’ radio, is running at a combination of speeds (b,g,or n). The second is a fully-encrypted radio running only at high speeds.

Basic Radio
This radio and network supports the library’s traditional wireless network in the usual way. There is no requirement to adopt the newer encrypted network, and users register via the web per semester in the usual manner. The other is for access to an WPA-encrypted data network, which runs only at “n” speed. The faster speed is necessary to encrypt all network traffic.
The basic radio will support the ‘traditional’ wireless network that has been in use for a long time- users register their machines in the standard manner, per semester through the web.

USF-GOLD Encrypted Radio
The encrypted “USF-GOLD” network operates at high speeds and while it does not require registration per semester, it is more difficult to set up. For detailed instructions per operating system, refer to the USF-GOLD instructions on the web at Although the speed is faster on this network, the fact that the data is encrypted makes it inherently slower. The benefit of this network is that it is more secure. Having said this, it is still recommended to avoid transmitting sensitive or private information over a public network.

Contact Information

Berrie WatsonHead, Systems & Digital Technology

Related Departments

Systems and Digital Technology

Last edited on October 4, 2013