Wireless Services Guide
The wireless network allows easy access for currently enrolled students to library catalogs, databases and the Internet through one of three wireless networks, USF, USF-GOLD, or EDUROAM.
USF standard requires registration through a NetID account. USF-GOLD is being discontinued in December of 2016, so it is not advised for use. EDUROAM is an secure network across multiple member institutions, including USF and USFSP. Students may also check out a wireless laptop from the Access Services circulation desk, which are pre-configured to use the existing wireless network without registration for library use only.
Alumni and visitors who do not have a NetID may also access the wireless network in a more limited capacity, through the Guest Wireless Network.
Accessing Wireless Networks
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 the USF network, initially, if your are using Windows 7 ** to access files and setup information for other networks such as USF-GOLD or EDUROAM. If running Windows 10 or MAC OSX, connect directly to the USF-GOLD network. Please note that USF-GOLD is but is being discontinued.
USF standard wireless Connect to the Network Called “USF”, and register your laptop. Your browser should autodirect to the registration webpage at https://mhb-dhcp.net.usf.edu/laptops/.
USF-GOLD wirelessConnect to the Network Called “USF-GOLD” and follow the prompts for your NetID and certificates to set up WPA2 encryption. This process can vary for a variety of devices and platforms, so please visit https://www.net.usf.edu/wireless/USF-GOLD/ for more information, or https://www.net.usf.edu/wireless/USF-GOLD/instructions.php for step-by-step visual tutorial. ** Note that WINDOWS 7 users must download the certificate manually via an alternate network. Use and alternate network to browse to http://netconnect.usf.edu/enroll/UniversityofSouthFlorida/NetHelp/ if your device is running Windows 7.
Using an alternate wireless network, download the files needed to connect. For various devices, you can use the following PDFs to guide you in the process. After the software is installed, search for the EDUROAM wireless network and connect.
Instructions for iOS v.1
Instructions for Android v.1
Instructions for Mac OSX v.1
Instructions for Windows, v.1
If you encounter problems, please contact the Help Desk (813) 974-9000, or if in the library call the Technology Helpdesk at 873-4242. Additional information can be found on the USF System IT page for Wireless on Campus.
Wireless access point locations and signal strength maps can be found using the Library Information Page button below:
Library Wireless Coverage Maps
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