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WIRELESS NETWORK

This site is designed to give information on both current and proposed wireless networking for access to the University network at Florida Tech. This does not cover information on research done by the Wireless Center of Excellence. The current wireless infrastructure is a mix of 802.11g (54 Mbps), and 802.11n (300 Mbps), and 802.11ac (1300 Mbps). The 802.11g standard is backwards compatible with 802.11b. Any 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n or 802.11ac card will work in any of the current coverage areas.

Wireless Topics

Coverage Areas

Download the map below to view the current areas covered with the campus wireless network "PanthAIR".

Download Wi-Fi Campus Map (PDF)

Hardware Needed to Connect

Any 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Compliant card is acceptable for connecting to the network. These cards can be purchased at any computer store.  Most newer laptops have them already available with the system.

Register to Use the Wireless Network

  1. Visit the Network Registration  page to register your laptop or pda for wireless access.
  2. Set up your wireless card according to the manufacturer's instructions.

    The following data provides information that you may be asked for when configuring your wireless settings:
Parameter Value
Wireless SSID PanthAIR 
WPA not required presently
IP Address Set automatically by DHCP
Wireless SSID PanthAIR-Guest
WPA Call Tech Support at (321) 674-7284

Common Problems

PanthAIR is a large-scale campus-wide hotspot designed to supply connectivity to the Internet and Florida Tech resources. Due to this intended deployment scenario, personal devices, designed for small personal and/or residential networks will not work properly. For example: The pairing of things like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant with other smart devices is currently not supported. This also includes, casting devices such as Chromecast or AirPlay as well as Wireless printing over PanthAIR.

When changing physical locations, devices shift their connection to the closest Wi-Fi Access Point (AP).  On Wi-Fi networks, the decision to shift is determined by each device.  Updating the firmware on devices can improve their ability determine when an AP shift is needed.  Disabling and enabling Wi-Fi is one method to force the device to re-evaluate which AP to connect with and resolve connection issues caused by a devices not shifting to the closest AP.

Lastly, if for some reason you were connected to PanthAIR-Guest, you should go into your device’s network settings and “forget” the PanthAIR-Guest network from your device. This network is meant for guests who do not have TRACKS identification and is only broadcast to limited locations around campus.