What is 802.11 Wireless Networking?

802.11 are an evolving family of specifications for wireless local area networks (WLAN s) developed by a working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). There are several specifications in the family and new ones are occasionally added.

Where is it available?

Please take a look at our wireless coverage map HERE to see the locations of WIFI hotspots on campus. You can identify buildings on campus that are WIFI enabled by locating the decal on the entrance door signifying the building has wireless access.

Who can use it?

FGCU's public wireless network is available to all faculty, staff, students, and guests.


FGCU's public wireless network is an open wireless network. We encourage you to be mindful of what you're browsing and ensure that whatever you access is safe to transmit data unencrypted in the open environment.


The use of the FGCU wireless network is governed by the universities acceptable use policy. Anyone who attempts to violate the acceptable use policy or uses the network for illegal or malicious purposes will be banned from using the network and the university police will be notified. The FGCU acceptable use policy can be found HERE.

How do I access the wireless network:

A. Your laptop or other device will need an 802.11g-compatible wireless Ethernet adapter (also called Wi-Fi compliant).

If you need assistance, please contact our Help Desk at 590-1188. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and 8:00 to 5:00 pm on.

What can I do from the wireless network?

From FGCU's public wireless network you can surf the web, check email, or access your corporate network via VPN. Access to FGCU's private network is restricted to authenticated users only. Staff and Faculty that wish to access the private network from their laptop will need to contact the FGCU Helpdesk for assistance.

What are the wireless plans at FGCU?

FGCU has plans to provide wireless coverage to all academic buildings by the end of the 2006/2007 school year. Auxiliary buildings and common areas will be covered as funds become available.

When will Wireless be available in Building X?

We are rapidly adding additional buildings to the campus wireless network. You can view the coverage map by clicking HERE. Below is a list of covered buildings as well as a list of buildings that will be covered.

Buildings covered as of January 1st, 2007:

Griffin Hall

Reed Hall

Whitaker Hall

Fine Arts Building

Academic Building 3

Academic Building 5

McTarnaghan Hall

Student Union

Alico Arena

Aquatic Center (pool)

Modular Building 7A

Modular Building 7B

Library (new wing)

Sugden Welcome Center

Campus Support Complex

Howard Hall

Family Resource Center

Kliest Health Education Building

Wellness Center

Broadcast Building

Housing Commons

Student Activity Center

The area between Whitaker, Griffin, Reed, and Howard halls.

Buildings to be covered by Fall 2007:

Library (original building)

Main campus lawn


What do I need to do to access the wireless network:

Your laptop or other device will need an 802.11g-compatible wireless Ethernet adapter (also called Wi-Fi compliant).

Were do I get more information:

If you are having any problems please feel free to contact the FGCU Helpdesk at (239) 590-1188 Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 7pm and Fridays from 8am to 5pm, and they will be able to assist you.