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Please consider using GTwifi

Please visit the GTwifi Help Pages for more information on GTwifi prior to continuing.

GTother is a secondary method for connecting to LAWN and only devices that cannot use WPA Enterprise should use GTother as a connection method. GTwifi has many advantages over GTother. GTwifi is the recommended wireless configuration and should be used by all LAWN users.

Please visit the GTwifi Help Pages for more information on GTwifi prior to continuing.

About GTother

GTother provides a connection method for wireless devices that are not enabled with WPA Enterprise authentication and thus cannot connect to the GTwifi network. GTother uses WPA2 with PSK authentication. A Pre-shared key is used when connecting and while it provides a connection to the wireless LAWN network, it does not allow Campus or Internet access until you authenticate via the web authentication portal. For the web authentication portal you will need to log in with your active GT account username and password. For support, contact your departmental support staff (sometimes referred to as CSR), or contact the OIT Technology Support Center (located on the second floor of Clough Commons or by phone at: 404-894-7173).

GTother should be used in the following cases:

  • Devices that are shared among users.
  • Devices (such as AppleTV, Playstation 3, XBox360, etc) that do not support WPA-Enterprise. Note: Even though these devices can be put on GTother, you will still have to authenticate them. If your device has a web browser, you should be able to authenticate from the device itself. Otherwise, you can authenticate a connected device via the LAWN Authentication Pages to enable its network access (you will need to know the device's MAC address). These devices may be eligible for Device Registration

For support, contact your departmental support staff (sometimes referred to as CSR), or contact the OIT Technology Support Center (located in the first floor of the library or by phone at: 404-894-7173).

Support requests and questions should be sent to lawn-support@gatech.edu

Additional comments and suggestions can be sent to lawn-feedback@lists.gatech.edu

GTother Configuration

The network name or SSID needs to be set to GTother. Capitalization is important here. This SSID should be visible and available anywhere LAWN is distributed on the Atlanta and Savannah campuses.

  • Configure the network security as WPA2-Personal
  • Encryption type should be AES
  • Enter the Security Key which can be found HERE.

Even after you connect to the GTother network the device will still need to be authenticated at https://auth.lawn.gatech.edu/ from its own web browser or the web browser of another device.

Devices that do not support WPA-Enterprise may be eligible for Device Registration.

GTother uses the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to assign IP addresses to network devices. Static Address assignment on LAWN is not supported for any devices due to the very large number of hosts which use LAWN and the limited number of IPv4 addresses available.

Configuration Examples

Below are examples of how to setup a device to access GTother for the following operating systems, which we are in the process of refreshing. You can also find and report configuration examples for other platforms in the forum at the bottom of the page.

Microsoft Windows 7

Apple Mac OSX

Apple iOS


Logging in to LAWN with GTother:

Looking for GTwireless?

If you are looking for information on GTwireless, that SSID has been retired and replaced with GTother. GTother should only be used on shared devices or devices not capable of using GTwifi. Please review all information on GTother to ensure it is the correct choice for your device. GTwifi is the preferred SSID for general use. Please remove GTwireless from all device configurations.

GTother Forum

If you require support assistance please contact the OIT Technology Support Center at 404-894-7173 or email support@oit.gatech.edu

If you have feedback or suggestions please use the forum below, or send mail to lawn-feedback@lists.gatech.edu

Please note that the forums are not meant as a replacement for the official OIT help system ServiceDesk (which can be reached via email, support@oit.gatech.edu, or via the phone at 404-894-7173).

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August 6, 2012, 1:18 pm

We have five wireless projectors which will not work unless the client laptop connects to LAWN with inbound security turned off, because of the way the projectors handle discovery and negotiate their connection with their own client software. Can I get confirmation that this option will be available on the GTOther network?
John M. Douglass

August 6, 2012, 4:35 pm

August 6, 2012, 4:40 pm

The web login on GTother is identical to what you are used to on GTwireless. The only option removed from the login interface was to "Remember me for X days". You will be able to set ISS disabled upon login (actual user login or 3rd party device login).

We can configure WPA logins to be ISS disabled. This is on a user request basis only. It is not configurable by session.

August 20, 2012, 8:38 pm

I am experiencing crazy amount of lag and increased drop when I am using both the GTWpa and GTother, the insternet will just randomly disconnect me, can someone please fix this issue?

August 21, 2012, 2:55 pm

My Blu Ray player has a wireless connection with GTother. However, streaming stops abruptly and I get the message "Network appears to be down" even though the network status shows that it is connected. Any help would be appreciated.

September 11, 2012, 3:36 pm

September 11, 2012, 3:37 pm

Is there a way I can configure my Kindle so that I don't have to put in the GTOther password, and access the LAWN log in page every single time? thank you.

September 11, 2012, 3:46 pm

The only way to not have to log in every time is to use GTwpa. I do not believe that the Kindle can use WPA2 Enterprise at this time so you will have to log in to the LAWN page each time you are disconnected for more than 30 minutes.

September 21, 2012, 11:48 am

Kindle can actually do WPA2 Enterprise. At least for my Kindle touch, so give it a try!

January 2, 2013, 11:40 pm

So I'm trying to configure the wireless connection for my blu-ray player and the player says it is connected and shows an IP address, but when I try to login the device through LAWN using the MAC shown by the player, it says MAC [a0:cf:5b:0f:1f:23] Not Found. Please make sure that your device has obtained an IP address via DHCP. What do I do??

January 3, 2013, 11:23 am

When I am connecting my blu-ray player to GTother, I have to log it in and authenticate it every time I want to use it. Is there a way that I can have it stay logged in the whole time?
John M. Douglass

January 3, 2013, 11:35 am

January 3, 2013, 11:36 am

At this time, you must authenticate the device each time. It will remain authenticated for as long as the device is on. We are reviewing some possible enhancements to LAWN to address this desire but I do not have any details to this yet. If you are in a residence hall, I recommend you plug it in. If you are doing ANY form of video streaming, you will get better performance and not be a hog on the access point.

January 10, 2013, 11:45 pm

Anyone experiencing lag and frequent disconnects the last few days?
John M. Douglass

January 11, 2013, 4:34 pm

@pvasilakos3 - I am assuming you are utilizing GTother (and not a WPA SSID). Can you explain what you are seeing that leads you to believe it's a disconnect? When you have any issues, you should immediately report a LAWN Debug Report (http://www.lawn.gatech.edu/debug). It will help capture current status of the equipment (yours and ours).

January 23, 2013, 9:39 pm

I am attempting to get a Roku Player working on the wireless network, but it only allows a single password. I am not able to use the login and password on this device only a password.

March 17, 2013, 5:06 pm

I'm having the same issue with my Roku box. I've tried connecting through the LAWN site but it says it the MAC couldn't be found. and The Roku only allows a password
John M. Douglass

March 18, 2013, 10:42 am

acantor6 and ehenry8, you will need to configure the box to use GTother (use the link for the pre-shared key as Roku does not support WPA-Enterprise).

March 20, 2013, 3:10 pm

March 20, 2013, 3:31 pm

Asus Transformer Infinity (TF700T)
Galaxy S3
Droid Bionic (XT875)

Android 4.1.1 &; 4.1.2, &; 4.2.2

On DHCP lease renewal the device clients seem to drop their connection despite receiving the DHCP ACK.

If you are seeing problems on these Android Operating System versions this may be your issue. This is a device issue that we have seen on multiple Android devices. There is not much that can be done network side to fix this.

August 17, 2014, 9:24 pm

Hi, I just moved into GT family housing . I have a NeoTV box and cannot connect to the internet. I however could connect to the wireless using GTOther. The box doesnot have a browser installed too - which can enable me connect to start.gatech.edu...
Is there anyway I can get my neoTV online
John M. Douglass

August 18, 2014, 11:44 am

@hsubramanian7 - For any assistance within the residence halls with getting devices configured for START or LAWN, you can contact the ResNet/WreckTechs office at 404-894-0044. If you are streaming HD content we highly recommend registering it on START and connecting it via the wire.


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