Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College

Connecting to the campus network (wired & wireless)

Student Network Registration
Registration Instructions/Information

Wireless Networks
Did you know that wireless networking is available across campus? You can access the Internet via wireless as long as your laptop is equipped with a wireless card. Use the network name and encryption key (if applicable) information provided below.

New for 2011-2012

As part of efforts to regularly improve network performance and user experience, LIS has been upgrading wireless access points throughout campus. The new access points support the 802.11n standard, allowing 300Mbps maximum connections speeds. Phase 1 of this project, upgrading the access points in academic buildings and public gathering areas like the Library and Balfour-Hood, was completed last year. Phase 2, upgrading many of the dorms, started this summer and will continue into the fall semester. Phase 3, upgrading the remaining dorms, will take place during the summer of 2012.

Users of the network named WheatonCollege will be required to register their computer the first time they connect to the wireless network. Once connected, users will have the same access as on the wired network.

An unencrypted network named Guest is available for Guest user access. Guests must obtain a registration password before connecting. Faculty/staff/students are advised against connecting to the Guest network for security reasons.

If you are having trouble connecting your laptop to the wireless network, review the Wireless Network Connection Instructions on this page or contact the Technology Support Center (x3900, support@wheatonma.edu) to ask a question. You can also drop in to the Support Center in Library with your computer Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Campus Buildings with Wireless Networks
All buildings on campus have wireless coverage. Users should connect to the network WheatonCollege with the encryption key wheatoncollege. Users will be required to authenticate and students must pass a security scan each semester before gaining network access.

Guest users can connect to the network named Guest. Guest users will be asked for a password which can be obtained at Public Service/Information Desk locations.

Wireless Network Connection Instructions

VPN Access
Many Library electronic resources are licensed to be used by the Wheaton community only. Technically the restriction is enforced by checking the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the person attempting access to the material. The IP address, in many cases, must be one that could be obtained while working on campus.

In order to obtain an on campus IP address from off campus, you need to authenticate yourself at the Wheaton firewall. In order to to do that, you need to have an ID and password on that firewall and run a specialized software program on the computer you are using from off campus.

The VPN also allows you to access other resources on-campus resources that are blocked at the firewall. Examples include, but are not limited to, printing to campus printers, sending mail through Wheaton's mail server, and accessing non-public servers.

Faculty, staff and students not in residence at Wheaton are eligible for off campus access.

Please follow this link for VPN access. If you have further questions please send an email to Technology Infrastructure@wheatoncollege.edu.

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