Network and Wireless

About Wired Data Network Connectivity at Michigan Tech

Michigan Technological University maintains a high-performance data network. All campus academic and administrative buildings are serviced by fiber-optic network cabling.

The goal of Michigan Tech Telecommunications is to reliably deliver any service, on any port, anywhere on campus. To this end, we maintain our standards to current industry standards. Networking connections on campus range from 1 Megabit DSL to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

Rovernet Wireless Data Network

Rovernet is a service available to all Michigan Tech students, staff, faculty, and their guests at no charge. Rovernet is designed to allow you to take your laptop or mobile device and roam around campus to gain access to network resources (such as the web and e-mail).

There are two components to RoverNet:

  1. Wireless hot zones found in most buildings on campus.
  2. Wired Ethernet jacks located in a number of commons areas on campus.

Rovernet Wireless Service Locations

The list below represents the most current information regarding wireless availability on campus. Each building location indicates the floor(s) where at least one access point is deployed; however, signal strength will vary based on a number of factors, and complete floor coverage is not guaranteed.

It is important to note wireless performance and reliability within buildings is often dependent on your device and whether or not you are on the 'fringe' of a covered area. Sometimes moving just a few feet can make a dramatic improvement in signal reception.

If you are within a Rovernet 'hotspot' area, and are having a specific problem with your Rovernet connection, please contact us at it-help@mtu.edu.

Bldg# Building Name Floors
1 Administration Building G | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
3 Michigan Tech Lakeshore Center 1 | 2 | 3
4 ROTC Building B | 1 | 2
5 Academic Office Building G | 1 | 2
6 AOB Annex Building B | 1 | 2
7 Electrical Energy Resources Center (EERC) S | B | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
8 Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
9 Alumni House B | 1 | 2 | 3
10 Rozsa Center for Performing Arts G | 1 | 2
11 Walker Arts & Humanities Center 1 | 2 | 3
12 Minerals and Materials Engineering (M&M) UG-B | UG-1 | UG-2 |
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
13 Hamar House - Center for Diversity and Inclusion B | 1 | 2
14 Grover C. Dillman Hall B | 1 | 2 | 3
15 Fisher Hall B | 1 | 2 | 3
16 Public Safety and Police Services 1
17 Van Pelt and Opie Library G | 1 | 2 | 3
18 U.J. Noblet Forestry Building G | 1
19 Chemical Sciences and Engineering S | B | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
20 R.L. Smith Building (MEEM) S | B | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
24 Student Development Complex B | 1 | 2
28 Rehki Computer Science Hall G | 1 | 2 | 3
30 Little Huskies 1
31 Douglass Houghton Hall (DHH) G | 1 | 2 | 3
32 Daniell Heights Office 1 | 2
34 Memorial Union Building B | G | 1 | 2 | 3
35 Daniell Heights Nursery 1
37 Wadsworth Hall G | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
38 West McNair Hall G | 1 | 2
39 McNair Food Service G | 1
40 East McNair Hall G | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
44 Facilities Building 1 | 2
48 Hillside Place Residential Apartments G | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
51 Outdoor Adventure Program B | 1 | 2
84 Harold Meese Center G | 1 | 2
92 Lahti (AERB) Building 1 | 2
95 Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) 1
100 Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) B | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
102 Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APSRC) 1

Connecting to Wireless

In order to fully utilize this service and gain access to the wireless network, you will need an SSL capable browser and a WiFi certified 802.11b/g/n wireless card for your laptop or mobile device. You will then need to be in close proximity to one of the many wireless hot zones on campus.

In order to use Rovernet, you will need to configure your device to access one of the following wireless networks:

Connection Instructions

  1. Connect to the wireless network: "MichiganTech".
  2. Log in with Michigan Tech ISO username and password.
  3. Open a web browser.
  4. Follow instructions (from the NAC).

Detailed System Configuration Requirements and Settings

System Configuration Requirements
  • Be within the "MichiganTech" SSID wireless coverage area.
  • Be a current Michigan Tech student, faculty, or staff member.
  • Have a computer or mobile device with an 802.11g/n-compatible wireless card, operating system, and drivers to support WPA2. 
  • Have a valid ISO User Name and Password. 
Configuration Settings
  • Security Type: IEEE 802.1x Authentication
  • SSID: MichiganTech
  • Network Authentication: WPA2
  • Data Encryption: AES
  • EAP type: Protected EAP (PEAP)
  • Authentication Method: Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2 )
  • Credentials: ISO Username and Password
  • Ca certificate: not needed

Once you have accessed the Rovernet wireless network, you will have the freedom of surfing the web and reading your e-mail, but without the wires.

Michigan Tech's Wireless Network History

Michigan Tech's Wireless Network History
Sept. 2002 Rovernet was introduced to the campus community as a paid service. Access points were placed in a few locations in the MUB, DHH, McNair, and Wads.
Jan. 2005 Rovernet opened up to entire campus community (students, staff & faculty) at no charge
Sept. 2005-
Aug. 2006
Rovernet guest access was placed on the System Administrator top 10 list of needs. This project was completed by 8/15/06.
Sept. 2006 189 Cisco 1230 Wireless APs, 7 Cisco 350 Wireless APs, 2870 unique devices, and 3061 unique users
Sept. 2007 234 Cisco 1230 Wireless APs, 3 Cisco 350 Wireless APs, 4857 unique devices, and 4759 unique users
April 2009 Rovernet 2.0 WPA Enterprise Solution deployed across campus
Aug. 2009 Rovernet WPA config available on all radios, plus BIOSecure, SASSecure, and COESecure
Oct. 2009 Selected Aruba as vendor for 802.11n wireless deployment
Dec. 2009 Michigan Tech will begin upgrade to 802.11n across campus, providing enhanced services and bandwidth.
Aug. 2010 Approximately 20% of campus has been converted to the new technology.
April 2012 Approximately 45% of campus has been converted to the new technology.
August 2012 100% of campus has been converted to 802.11n access points. A network access control (NAC) system installed to manage access to the wireless networks.
September 2012 Wireless network expanded to cover all residence hall rooms and Hillside Place apartments.

About Wired Connectivity

In addition to the freedom of wireless connectivity, Rovernet also provides individuals with the flexibility of accessing the University's network through network jacks located in a number of University commons areas on campus. In order to utilize this component of RoverNet, you will need an SSL capable browser, a standard Ethernet card, and an RJ-45 cable.