How to Connect to the GCSC Wireless Network (MAC Hand Held Devices)
Note for community members: These instructions assume that you have already filled out a Wireless Access Request form and had your picture ID checked by a member of the library staff. If you have not yet done this, please do so before proceeding any further. Your username and password will be emailed to the email address which you provide with your access request form. Wireless access points are currently located in the library, and the Student Union East cafeteria area.
If current student start here: This document demonstrates the use of iOS’s built-in wireless software with use of an IPad but all other Mac handheld device should follow the same principle. Your software may vary slightly in set-up. Your wireless card must support WPA encryption.
Activate your wireless device.
Tap on the Settings App. The Settings icon looks like:
Once in the settings application, you will be at the General Settings screen as shown below.
Tap on the Wi-Fi category to get to the screen where you will connect to a wireless network as shown below.
When you reach this screen, the device will start searching for Wi-Fi networks that are in range and that are broadcasting their names. As it discovers available networks it will list them under the Choose a Network... label. Please note that it may take some time for the any Mac device to see all of the available networks, so please be patient while it searches. You can tell that it is searching as there will be an animated symbol next to the Choose a Network... label while it is searching. If it does not find anything, it will pause for about a minute and then attempt to search again.
When you see the Wi-Fi network that you would like to connect to (gulfcoast), simply tap on it to attempt to join it. If it has a lock next to the name, then it will require you to enter a “WPA Personal” wireless encryption password (gcscgcsc) in order to connect to it as discussed in the next step.
Once you Tap on a network name, it will try to connect to it. If the network is not using encryption, then you can just skip to this step. If the network is using wireless encryption, though, you will be presented with a screen asking you to enter the wireless encryption password as shown below:
In the password field, enter the wireless encryption password that is required to join this network (gcscgcsc).
The iPad will now attempt to connect to the network, and when finished, will display the Wi-Fi settings screen again, but this time with the joined network listed and with a checkmark next to it as shown below.
The checkmark designates that your iPad is connected to the network. You can also see that your iPad is connected to a wireless network as in the upper left-hand corner you will see the word iPad with the Wi-Fi symbol (ipad ))) symbol) next to it.
Navigate to any page using your web browser. The first time you do this, you will get a message asking for your user name and password. Enter the username, (first part of your student email address), and password, (birthdate MMDDYY) and click the Log in button. For Local patrons: Use the username and password you received by email after submitting a wireless request.
When your log in is accepted you will be redirected to the Wireless student portal page. This page contains the GCSC acceptable use policy and a password reset tool.
STEP 7 :
Students are required to change their password on their first logon to the wireless system. The password reset does not apply to local patrons.
Please take a moment to read and accept the Wireless Acceptable use policy.
Once you click accept you will have wireless web access.
Please note, you should never share your username or password with anyone or allow anyone to use your connection. You are responsible for anything done using your account. Applications for may be obtained at the library circulation desk during normal business hours. If you have any questions regarding the usage or setup of your account, please call 769-1551, extension 3303 between 8 AM and 4 PM Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.