Wireless Access to the USC Network

On or after August 1, USC students, faculty, and staff who have set up their devices to connect automatically to USC Wireless Plus should reset their devices to connect to USC Secure Wireless. Instructions on how to reset the connection will be available through the USC Secure Wireless Documentation menu that will appear on the right-hand side of this page as of August 1. After the first connection to USC Secure Wireless, subsequent connections will be automatic on most mobile devices.

USC provides two wireless networks: USC Wireless Plus and USC Wireless.

USC Wireless Plus (Encrypted Wireless)

USC Wireless Plus is an encrypted wireless network, available only to USC account holders, that is up to 18 times faster than USC Wireless. Most users can connect to the USC Wireless Plus network simply by entering their USC NetID (username) and password when prompted. For information on configuring your wireless device to connect to USC Wireless Plus, see the documentation under “USC Wireless Plus” in the menu on the right-hand side of this page.

USC Wireless (Open Guest Wireless)

USC Wireless is an open guest wireless network. Guest users can connect to this network by simply choosing the USC Wireless network on their devices, no USC NetID username or password is necessary. Because USC Wireless is an open network, ITS recommends that USC account holders use USC’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) software to protect personal information when using this network. For more information, see the VPN Overview page.

Computing Safety

ITS recommends that all users maintain a firewall, as well as antivirus and antispyware software. Links to free firewall and antivirus software, along with additional information, are available on the ITS Security page.

If you wish to improve the security of your communications, consider using USC Wireless Plus. Additionally, ITS recommends:

  • Visiting only secure Web pages—those whose URLs begin with https://
  • Encrypting any confidential or sensitive information
  • Logging in to UNIX shell accounts using SSH or Kerberized Telnet (rather than basic Telnet).

If you are unfamiliar with these security measures, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center at 213-740-5555.

Getting Help

If you have problems or questions related to your connection to a USC wireless network, contact the ITS Customer Support Center at 213-740-5555 or .