USF – Get Connected!

Campus Wide Wireless and Wired Residence Hall Device Connection

Student, Staff, Faculty, and Guests:
The Safe Connect wizard will lead you through the process to download and install software required to the USF secure network.

If you have questions, please stop by the IT Department, or contact the IT HelpDesk. | 605-331-6674

Laptops, Phones, and Mobile Devices

1. Connect to the wireless network: USF  

Open a web browser such as IE, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari and browse to a web page you don't usually visit (NOT google. Try or

You will be redirected to the USF Welcome page.

If you are not redirected, point your browser to the address:

3. Click on the “Student | Faculty | Staff” button
4. Verify that the system identifies your device correctly and click “Join Now”.
5. The system will start an auto downloading sequence of the Policy Key. Allow the download to complete.

Locate and execute the downloaded file titled:
6. Enter your USF username and password and click “Next
7. The secureW2 screen should advance to “Joined” status.
You can then click “Done
8. You are now online!
You will only need to complete this process once.



Game Consoles, Smart TVS, and Media Devices

Game consoles, Smart TVs, and Media Streaming Devices must be individually registered in order to connect to the USF wired and/or wireless network. You are able to register up to ten of these devices.

To begin registration for a device, you will first need to be connected via Ethernet cable or to the wireless network USF.  Enter your USF username and password if prompted by your device.


1. Using a laptop or USF computer, open the following link:
2. Enter your USF username and password and agree to the “Acceptable Use Policy
3. Enter the MAC address of your device in the required field and select your device type.
Click "Enroll Device"

If you are unsure how or where to find your MAC address, the document below provides some instructions for common devices.

MAC Address Instructions
4. Follow any screen prompts to complete.
5. If, after completing these steps, you continue to have trouble getting your device on the WIFI, please send an email to and include both the IP and MAC addresses for the device.



Guest Wireless

1. Connect to the wireless network: USF  

Open a web browser (e.g. IE, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) and browse to a valid web page.
You will be redirected to the USF Welcome page.

If you are not redirected, point your browser to the address:

3. Click on the “New Guest” button
4. Enter a valid email address and your full name. Click “Continue” when complete.
5. You are now online!
You will receive a confirmation email.



Alexa/Echo Dot                  

  1. In the Alexa app, open the left navigation panel and select Settings.
  2. Select your device then select Update Wi-Fi. If you're adding a new device to your account, select Set up a new device instead.
  3. On your Echo device, press and hold the Action button for five seconds. The light ring will change to orange and your mobile device will connect to your Echo device. A list of available Wi-Fi networks appear in the app.

    Note: The Alexa app may ask you to manually connect your device to your Echo device through your Wi-Fi settings.
  4. Before completing setup and selecting a network, you'll need to add your Echo Dot to the USF Wireless Enrollment portal using its MAC address. You can find the MAC address listed at the very bottom of the About section.
    1. Go to
    2. Sign in with your MyUSF credentials.
    3. Click Add.
    4. Enter the MAC address in the Device ID field.
  5. In the Alexa app, select USF from the list of available networks.
  6. Select Connect. After your device connects to your Wi-Fi network, a confirmation message will appear in the app. You're now ready to use Alexa.

Any additional smart devices that connect to Amazon Echo Dot will require the MAC address of the device entered into MyDevices in order to work on USF’s Wireless Network. If you are still having trouble connecting, check out Amazon's Echo Dot support articles.

Find your smartTV, DVR, or set-top box's MAC address

Apple TV

From the main menu, choose Settings, and then click About or Network. Look for the MAC address next to "Ethernet Address" for the wired network or "Wi-Fi address" for the wireless connection. Alternatively, you may find the MAC address printed on the UPC label on the Apple TV box.

Google TV

From Settings, select Network, and then Status. Your MAC address will appear on the screen.


From the Roku home screen, select Settings, and then About. The MAC address will appear on your screen. Alternatively, you can find the MAC address on the bottom or back of your Roku.

Sony Blu-Ray Disc player

Follow the instructions at


From the TiVo Menu, select Settings, and then choose Phone/Network. Your MAC address will appear on the page that opens.

Vizio Smart TV

Press the Menu button on the remote and select Network, and then Manual Setup. The RJ45 (wired) and/or Wireless MAC address will appear on the screen.

Seiki Smart TV

From Settings, go to Setup, and then Network, and then IP address. Both the wireless and wired MAC addresses are listed on this page.