Wireless

MSU provides wireless throughout the MSU campus and select off-site locations.

MSUnet Wireless supports the current Wi-Fi standards – 802.11a, 802.11g and 802.11n. The 802.11n standard operates in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies.

To maintain Wi-Fi quality, MSU IT can constrain any wireless network devices with incorrect or conflicting configurations that could adversely impact the performance of MSUnet Wireless.

Connecting to MSU Wi-Fi

Users with an MSU NetID can access MSU Wi-Fi (SSID) MSUnet, or MSUnet 3.0.

Guest users without an MSU NetID should join the Wi-Fi network (SSID) MSUnet Guest, or MSUnet Guest 3.0. Guest access has limited bandwidth.

Wi-Fi in Residence Halls

MSU provides Wi-Fi in common areas and classroom spaces in all residence halls. All residence hall rooms are Wi-Fi ready.

Some residence halls provide wireless network service throughout the building, including student rooms, while others require residents to bring their own access points. Access points are available from the MSU Tech Store and other retail outlets.

Current halls with Wi-Fi throughout the buildings include:

  • Akers
  • Butterfield
  • Case
  • Holden
  • Holmes
  • Hubbard
  • Landon
  • McDonel
  • Rather
  • Snyder-Philips
  • Wilson

Setting up an Access Point

Students looking to set up a wireless access point in residence halls that don’t have Wi-Fi should be sure to password protect the access point to help ensure other users don’t use their connection. Students are responsible for whatever is done using their registered Internet connection, including any pirated file activity.

Note: Whoever registers the wireless connection/access point with MSU (over DHCP) is liable for the activities of any system connected to that device. If it’s unsecured and others use the network connection for malicious activities (including illegal sharing of copyrighted materials), the access point owner will be liable.

Read the NetGear Access Point configuration article for more information.

Setting up a Department Wireless Network

If your unit or department is thinking about setting up its own wireless network, please contact the MSU IT Service Desk for more information at (517) 432-6200 or by submitting an online form.

Any MSU unit wireless network not integrated with MSUnet Wireless should follow these guidelines:

  • The SSID “MSUnet Wireless” and any SSID containing the words “MSUnet Wireless” are reserved for devices belonging to the MSUnet Wireless network.
  • The transmitting power of access points should be limited to the minimum that is needed to cover the desired area.