Wireless -N FAQ

Why does the wireless SSID show as -N now?
or My building's wireless was upgraded. What does that mean? 

IT is upgrading the wireless networks across campus to provide higher speeds and increase the density of coverage. The new service will also include 5 GHz bandwidth capabilities. The upgraded wireless network is designated by -N after the SSID. 

  • Example: MST-WPA-N, MST-PSK-N, MST-Public-N 

Why do I only see the -N networks in certain buildings?

Efforts are underway to convert the entire S&T campus to the new -N wireless network. So far, these buildings have been upgraded:

  • Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering
  • BOM4 (Bureau of Mines Building 4)
  • Centennial Hall (April 9, 2013)
  • Compressible Flow Laboratory
  • Computer Science
  • Curtis Laws Wilson Library
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Research Lab
  • Experimental Mine
  • Fulton Hall
  • Fort Leonard Wood (Missouri S&T supplied wireless locations)
  • Gale Bullman Multipurpose Building
  • General Services
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Building
  • Hydrogen Fueling Station
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering Building
  • Miner Village
  • McNutt Hall
  • Norwood Hall (April 9, 2013)
  • Parker Hall
  • Physics Building
  • Pine Street Buildings
  • Schrenk Hall
  • Straumanis Hall (formerly MRC)
  • Technology Development Center (Innovation Park)
  • Temporary Research Facility
  • Toomey Hall
  • UMSL Engineering Education Center - St Louis

Other campus buildings will be listed as their upgrades are scheduled.

IT technicians will continue upgrading campus as resources become available. 


I see both the old and new networks. To which wireless network should I connect?

While you are in a building broadcasting the -N wireless (see above for completed buildings) you should connect to MST-WPA-N.  If you are not in one of these buildings you should not connect to the -N network. Even if your device detects the -N network, it is likely a slower, weaker connection from a neighboring building. 

As you move between buildings your device may switch from one network to the other or try to pick up a weak signal from a neighboring building. If you are interested in setting a primary network, the IT Help Desk would be happy to assist.  


How do I connect to the new -N wireless networks?


Connecting to the MST-WPA-N network is very similar to connecting to our older MST-WPA network. We have instructions online or you can call the Help Desk or visit the Walk-In Center for assistance. 


Connecting to the new MST-PSK-N network is the same as connecting to our older MST-PSK network. We have instructions online or you can call the Help Desk or visit the Walk-In Center for assistance. 

I heard the new -N network offers both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bandwidth, what's the difference?

  2.4 GHz
5 GHz
  Considered the industry standard Considered the new, upcoming technology
  Most device wireless cards detect 2.4 GHz Few device wireless cards detect 5 GHz
  More Traffic Less Traffic
  May see interference from: Bluetooth, cordless phones, microwaves, and computers Less Interference
  Wider Range Shorter Range

Only a few new computers come with 5 GHz Wi-Fi wireless cards that support 802.11n, however you can purchase a USB 5 GHz wireless adapter that allows your computer to access the 5 GHz -N wireless.