How to Connect to the GCSC Wireless Network

How to Connect to the GCSC Wireless Network

These instructions assume that you are a currently student or are a local patron and have already filled out a Wireless Access Request form and received your wireless account information.

The new GCSC WIFI network will work with most personal wireless devices. This document demonstrates the use of Windows XP’s built-in wireless software. Your software may vary slightly in set-up. Your wireless device must support WPA encryption.


When you are in range of one of the wireless access points, depending on your operating system and your software configuration, you may see a message that informs you that you are within range of a wireless access point (see Figure 1). Open your wireless access software to enter your wireless setup. On some devices you will need to go to settings and then to Wi-Fi setup.

Network Connections in Windows Explorer and Click Wireless Network Connection under LAN or High-Speed Internet


Ensure that the wireless access point you are choosing is a GCSC wireless access point. Locate and click the “gulfcoast” wireless network to connect. (Figure 2). If you cannot see the network you may need to refresh network list”.

Currently connected to: gulfcoast Internet Access. Wireless Network Connection show Connected to gulfcoast


(Figure 3) When the Wireless Network Connection screen appears, enter the WPA network key gcscgcsc and click connect.

Connect to a Network. Type the network security key. Security key: gcscgcsc and click OK or Cancel


Navigate to any web page using your web browser. The first time you do this, you will get a message asking for your username and password. Enter the username (first part of your student email) 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.

Registered User. Enter Username and Password and click Log in. Logging in as a registered user indicates you have read and accepted the Acceptable Use Policy. For Students: Use the first part of your student email address, for your username. For first time Logon enter your birthdate for the password MMDDYY. For Community Patrons: User the username and password provided to you by email from the help desk. If you have not applied for a GCSC wireless account you can download and complete the Wireless Access Authorization Form to request free wireless access.

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.


Students are required to change their password on their first logon to the wireless system. The password reset does not apply to community patrons.

Wireless Student Portal. All GCSC Student wireless accounts are created with a default password. Every Student is required to change their wireless account password upon first logon to the GCSC wireless system. Click on the link below and follow the instructions to change your password. This link may also be used to reset a forgotten password. Password Reset Click here to reset your password button


Students only --To change or reset your password click the Password Reset button. You will be taken to the password reset tool. Click on enroll and login using your username and password. Follow the steps to set up your security questions and reset your password.

Self Management of Passwords: Home, Enroll, Update Enrollment, Reset, Password/Unlock Account and Change Password buttons. Login. Please provide login information. Username, Password. Dropdown: stu.gulfcoast.edu. Login or Cancel buttons

If you forget your wireless password you can use any campus computer and go to http://stumanager.stu.gulfcoast.edu/smop/ to reset your password.


The Wireless Acceptable use policy. Click accept to gain wireless web access.

Wireless Acceptable Use Policy. For your protection, sites visited on GCSC's wireless network are being monitored. Continued usage of this system and your signature on this access request form constitutes awareness and acceptance of this fact. When using the wireless network, you agree to refrain from the following: Using the campus network resources for any illegal activity; Violating the conditions of those codes relating to student rights to privacy; using profanity, obscenity, or other offensive language; Deliberately displaying obscene pictures of text on the monitor or allowing such images or text to be printed on the institution's printer; Copying commercial software of other commercial materials (including music and movie files) protected by copyright law; Using the institution's network resources for financial gain; Engaging in activities designed to deliberately obstruct other's work, excessively using available network resources; Deliberately causing a machine to crash; Attempting to gain access to areas of any system for which authorized access has not been granted, i.e. “hacking"; Engaging in activities that give simulated sign-off messages, public announcements, or other fraudulent system resources; Engaging in activities that do not have academic merit, such as: storing files not related to academic activities, using peer-to-peer file sharing software and/or deliberately executing files that excessively utilize the system; Giving away your user ID and/or password for any reason under any circumstance; Fraudulently using someone else's ID or password; Having or attempting to change system control information, such as program status, protection codes, and accounting information; Sending others material and then requesting them to send additional messages to others, i.e. chain letters; Sending bulk 'spam' email or intentionally utilizing system resources to send such messages; Unauthorized installation of any drivers, software, or hardware on campus computers; Using the institution's network to launch denial-of-service attacks against any computer or network. Violation of these policies can add and will result in disciplinary action and/or prosecution. You are responsible for all activity that occurs on your user account. Gulf Coast State College and its employees disclaim any responsibility for anything that happens to your personal hardware and/or software while using our services. Accept Button

Note: Never share your username or password with anyone or allow anyone to use your connection.  You are responsible for anything done using your account.  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.