Computers & Technology

Wireless Networking

UCF has two Wireless Networks available:

  • UCF_WPA2

    • Secure, wireless connectivity for all laptops and mobile devices
    • Encrypted connection to safeguard your personal information.
    • Uses your NID & NID Password for authentication
    • Faculty, Staff, and UCF Students should always connect to UCF_WPA2.
  • UCF_Guest

    • Unsecure, wireless connectivity for guests and patrons NOT affiliated with the UCF community.
    • No encryption; Do NOT use for web browsing that requires submitting personal information.
    • Requires authentication via Acceptable Use Policy page before fully connected.
    • Only university guest may connect to UCF_Guest.

Use the tabs below to view directions on how to connect your device to the UCF_WPA2 network.

Additional wireless networking support can be found at wireless.ucf.edu

Windows 7

Windows 7 requires you to first install a security certificate and then run a special script that automatically sets up all of the settings for the UCF_WPA2 network. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Download the InCommon Server CA Root file to install the new certificate.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, double-click/open the file.  On the Certificate page, click the “Install Certificate…” button and then follow the wizard.
  3. Download the Auto Configuration file
  4. Open the file and a command prompt window will appear. Follow the prompts to complete installation.
  5. Click on the “Additional information is needed to connect UCF_WPA2″ bubble.
  6. Enter your NID & NID Password into the “Network Authentication” box.
  7. Click the “Connect” button when the “Windows Security Alert” box appears.
  8. You should now be connected to the UCF_WPA2 wireless network!

Still having trouble? Stop by the LibTech desk on the 3rd floor for friendly assistance.

Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10

  1. Bring up your list of available wireless networks.
  2. Select “UCF_WPA2″ and click the “Connect” button underneath.
  3. Enter your NID for the username and NID Password for the password; then click OK.
  4. Click “Connect” when the warning displays about “Windows can’t verify the server’s identity”.
  5. You should now be connected to the UCF_WPA2 wireless network!

Still having trouble? Stop by the LibTech desk on the 3rd floor for friendly assistance.

Mac OS X

  1. Click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar (near the clock) and select “Open Network Preferences”.
  2. Click the “Advanced” button at the bottom right.
  3. Scroll through the list of networks looking for any UCF networks.
  4. Highlight any UCF network found and then click the “- (minus)” button underneath the list to remove each. Then click OK.
  5. Click the “Apply” button at the bottom right.
  6. Click the “Turn Wi-Fi Off” button wait a moment, and then click the “Turn Wi-Fi On” button.
  7. Click the dropdown menu next to “Network Name” and select “UCF_WPA2″.
  8. Enter your NID for the username and NID Password for the password; Mode should be “Automatic”. Then click OK.
  9. You should now be connected to the UCF_WPA2 wireless network!

NOTE: If this is your first time connecting to UCF_WPA2, after step #8 you may get another box asking to install a certificate. Click “Continue” button and then enter your computer’s password, followed by clicking OK, to complete the certificate install.

Still having trouble? Stop by the LibTech desk on the 3rd floor for friendly assistance.

iOS (iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch)

Part 1: Removing previous connections to UCF_Guest or UCF_WPA2

  1. TapSettings” app.
  2. TapWi-Fi
  3. Tap the blue “i” to the right of “UCF_Guest” UCF_WPA2″ if connected to one of them.
  4. Tap the “Forget this Network
  5. TapForget

Part 2: Connecting to UCF_WPA2

  1. TapUCF_WPA2
  2. Enter your NID for the username and NID Password for the password.
  3. TapAccept” when prompted with the certificate.
  4. You should now be connected to the UCF_WPA2 wireless network!

Still having trouble? Stop by the LibTech desk on the 3rd floor for friendly assistance.

Android

  1. Open your Wi-Fi settings panel
  2. TapUCF_WPA2
  3. Enter your NID for the Identity and NID Password for the password. (Leave “Anonymous Identity” blank)
  4. TapConnect
  5. You should now be connected to the UCF_WPA2 wireless network!

Still having trouble? Stop by the LibTech desk on the 3rd floor for friendly assistance.

Other

Other operating systems such as Linux and other less common OSes can be a little more difficult to get working with the UCF_WPA2 authentication technology. Stop by the LibTech desk on the 3rd floor or by the Student Support Desk at Technology Commons for assistance.

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