Wireless Networking - Big Rapids Campus

The Ferris State University wireless network is accessible for all faculty, staff, administration, and students. It is currently available within many buildings, including the common areas of the residence halls. For a quick reference on the wireless networks, click here.

When connecting to FerrisWiFi

If it asks to select an encryption, select WPA2 before entering your username and password. 

Supported Public Networks

When searching for available public networks, be sure you connect to a supported network device. Ferris access points are named the same throughout campus to allow for quick identification.

FerrisWiFi      

  • Available to Employees and Students
  • Secure (encrypted)
  • Case-sensitive passcode = FerrisWiFi
  • Available in all academic and administrative buildings
  • Requires Ferris Computing ID and Password
  • Must register devices with network to connect
  • Access to FerrisConnect, MyFSU, and the Internet
  • Students must have an approved antivirus program and critical Windows' patches installed
  • Requires Bradford Persistent Agent, except for on mobile devices
  • Can register up to 5 devices

 

FSUStudent

  • Available Students and selected Employees
  • Secure (encrypted) 
    • Case-sensitive passcode - FSUStudent 
  • Provided by the University in these select on-campus residence locations
  • Requires Ferris Computing ID and Password
  • Must register devices with network to connect
  • Access to FerrisConnect, MyFSU, and the Internet
  • Students must have an approved antivirus program and all critical Windows' patches installed
  • Requires Bradford Persistent Agent, except for on mobile devices
  • Can register up to 5 devices

 

FSU_Public

  • For Guests
  • Not Secure, use at your own risk
  • Only in select locations
  • Doesn't require a Ferris Computing ID or password
  • No registration required
  • Access to Internet, MyFSU and Library resources, but not FerrisConnect

 

Supported Private Networks

Wireless access points (WAPs) can be purchased by students from the Student Technology Services department. These devices will allow you to connect wirelessly while in a residence hall room.  Certain residence halls already have wireless throughout, including student rooms, so you may not need to purchase your own WAP. Devices configured by the STS group all use a specific naming scheme. (If you have purchased a wireless device from a location other than the STS, you will need to configure it using the provided instructions.)

StudentAPxxx Wireless devices purchased from STS. These devices are password protected.

Unsupported Networks

While searching for a wireless network, you may come across a number of unsecured connections; the names will likely be Linksys, D-link, or Workgroup. Due to security concerns, the University does not support any unsecured connections. Be advised that the use of an unsecured network by a person other than the network owner is considered by some branches of law enforcement as illegal.