Available Wireless Networks
The University of South Florida currently operates three wireless networks (USF-GOLD, USF, and USF-Guest) intended to serve all USF students, faculty/staff and guests. As of summer 2016, the University of South Florida has joined the eduroam international roaming service and will begin transmitting a fourth wireless network (eduroam) in early July 2016. The eduroam network is expected to replace USF-Gold in the near future and all users are encouraged to migrate to eduroam for secure access to USF's wireless network. Below are outlined some key differences between these networks:
- The USF-Guest network is not encrypted and is intended for non-USF System users. This network requires daily registration.
- The USF network is not encrypted and requires you to register your device every semester.
- The USF-Gold network features WPA or WPA2 encryption and does not require per-semester registrations, but are subject to password expirations every 180 days.
- The eduroam network has the same security features as USF-Gold and adds the ability to roam between member institutions without additional registration. Additionally, your devices are assigned individual certificates that expire annually on the enrollment date.
In order to connect to the USF, USF-Gold, and eduroam networks, you will need a NetID. More information about your NetID can be found here. USF-Guest users must be able to receive SMS text messages or phone calls in order to register.
- All operating systems that support WPA or WPA2 wireless connections can use eduroam. These include Windows newer than XP, Mac OS X newer than 10.4.7, Android newer than 4.0, IOS newer than 7.0, and most current flavors of Linux.
- These networks have the same coverage area on the Tampa campus.
- USF-Gold and eduroam do not require web-based or per-semester registration. Once your device is properly configured, it should cache your credentials and log you onto the network automatically for as long as your account or certificate is valid.
- USF-Gold and eduroam use encryption for additional security. The USF wireless network does not use encryption and relies on the applications (web browser, SSH etc) to protect sensitive information. Wireless network encryption offers an extra layer of security.
- Persons who are not a current USF student, faculty or staff member may use the USF-Guest network. See more information on this network here.