Connecting to the Middlebury network

Get on the network

To connect to our network, your computer / device must have either an Ethernet port (NIC), or a wireless network card. This hardware is standard for any computer purchased in this millennium. Most laptops have both an Ethernet port and a wireless card.

Very old operating systems, such as Mac OS 9 and Windows 98, are not supported on the Middlebury network.

Students may NOT:

  • Set up personal computers as servers that might interfere with or "confuse" our network.
  • Use personal wireless routers. Sorry, but these cause us lots of headaches.
  • Connect using dial-up.

Connect to the Wired Network

A standard double room has two network outlets in it, usually on opposite sides of the room. (If you can't find your outlet, look under your desk or behind your bed.) Each outlet has 2 jacks in it. Generally the red jack connects you to the harsh truth of reality, while the blue jack leaves you in blissful ignorance. If the red jack doesn't seem to work, try the blue one next.

Caution: In the Ross dorms Kelly, Lang, Milliken, and Hadley, the two jacks are labelled "DATA" and "VOICE". Do not plug into the "VOICE" jack, as this carries an information current that could potentially confuse and/or damage the Ethernet hardware on your computer!

Connect to the Wireless Network

Visit go/wireless for up-to-date information about our wireless networks and how to connect.

Connection troubleshooting

  • Make sure you are using an Ethernet cable. This is slightly wider than a standard phone / modem cable and carries eight wires instead of just four. Make sure the cable is firmly plugged into the jack.
  • Try the other jack unless you live in Ross; do not connect your computer to the "Voice" jack.
  • Try plugging your computer into a friend's (working) network jack. Try borrowing a friend's Ethernet cable. Try to determine whether the computer, the cable, or the jack is causing the problem.
  • If you aren't getting a connection or you want help, feel free to call the Helpdesk. It's possible that the wall jack is broken, in which case we'll send out a request to get it fixed.

More technical steps:

  • If your computer is connected to our wired network, its IP address should begin with 140.233. An IP address beginning with 169 indicates that your computer isn't sensing the network.
  • Ensure that your computer is configured for DHCP network connections (ie, make sure your computer is not trying to insist on a static IP address).
    • In Windows, open Start button.PNG -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Network Connections. Right click on Local Area Connection -> Properties. Select Internet Protocol -> Properties. Ensure that Obtain IP address automatically is selected.
    • In Mac OSX, find this setting under Mac Apple Menu icon.PNG -> System Preferences -> Network -> Built-In Ethernet -> Configure IPv4. Ensure that this setting is Using DHCP.

Register your computer

NOTE: This feature is currently disabled; you can connect to the network without registering. This info is preserved for informational purposes.

The first time you connect your computer to our network, it is treated as a stranger and must be "registered" to gain full access to our network and to the outside world. Here are the steps, in a nutshell. The full instructions are available at Register your computer on the Middlebury network.

  1. Connect your computer to our wired network using an Ethernet cable.
  2. When you open up a web browser, you should be automatically directed to our Registration page. (If not, you can go there manually at this address: go/netreg.)
  3. Click on "Faculty, Staff, and Students" (NOT the "Guests" link), and follow the subsequent "Continue" links after reading the information.
  4. Enter in your Middlebury username and password, choose your device type, and click "Submit".
  5. You will be asked to download a small program named Bradford. Download and run it, and it will register your computer for you.

The registration process encourages you to install all system updates on your computer and also to make sure some antivirus program is installed. You can do these later; see the "Setting up your computer" section below for more help. Also, see Registration Help for troubleshooting help and more information on what registration does / why it's useful.

X-boxes, Playstations, Wiis, and Netbooks are fine to use on our network. However you might have trouble registering these devices without our help. Call us at the Helpdesk (see our contact info above) and tell us the device's MAC address, and we can register it for you.

Connect to the Middlebury file servers

All Middlebury users have access to relevant spaces in our file servers, including a personal storage space that only you can access. It's pretty easy to connect your computer to the servers (see the links below) but for now, you can test this access using NetStorage, our online file access client. Go to go/netstorage and enter in your Middlebury username and password.

See our full instructions for Windows and Mac OSX at:

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