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Middlebury has several wireless networks available; if possible, you should always use midd_secure, as it is the fastest and most secure. Midd_unplugged is for guests, is slower, and should be avoided. Midd-standard was created to allow access for devices that cannot authenticate to midd_secure, and eduroam is available for guests from participating institutions who don't have Middlebury credentials.

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The midd_secure Wireless Network

BIG NOTE: Midd_secure is fast -- we've reserved a lot of bandwidth for it!

Configure your Windows 7 Computer for midd_secure

To configure your Windows 7 computer to access the midd_secure network, follow the instructions below.

  1. Click the Wireless Network Connection icon (it looks like a computer with three curved lines on the right side)on the Taskbar.The Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box opens.
  2. Click Connect to a network. The Connect to a Network dialog box opens.
  3. Click Set up a connection or network.
  4. In the Choose a connection option scrolling list select Manually connect to a wireless network and then click Next button.PNG.
  5. Make these changes to the Enter information for the wireless network you want to add pane.
    • In the Network name field type midd_secure.
    • In the Security type drop-down list selectWPA2-Enterprise.
      • The Encryption type drop-down list changes to AES. Please select TKIP.
      • The Start this connection automatically checkbox becomes checked.
    • Next button.PNG.
  6. Click Change connection settings. The midd_secure Wireless Network properties dialog box opens.
  7. Click the Security tab.
  8. For Windows 7 only (for Windows Vista, skip to step 10): Click Advanced settings.
  9. Under the 802.1X settings, make sure the check box "Specify authentication mode" is checked. In the drop down area, select user authentication, not computer or user authentication. Click ok and you will return to the Security tab in Step 7.
  10. Verify that the Choose a network authentication method is set to Microsoft: Protected EAP (PEAP) and then click Settings. The Protected EAP Properties dialog box opens.
  11. On the Protected EAP Properties dialog box, do the following:
    1. Uncheck the Validate server certificate checkbox.
    2. Verify that the Select Authentication Method drop-down list is set to Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2).
    3. Click Configure button.PNG. The EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties dialog box opens.
  12. On the EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties dialog box do the following:
    1. Uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any).
    2. Click OK xp button.PNG.
  13. On the Protected EAP Properties dialog box, click OK xp button.PNG.
  14. On the midd_secure Wireless Network properties dialog box, click OK xp button.PNG.
  15. Wait for the Additional information required to connect to midd_secure taskbar popup to appear and then click it. The Enter Credentials dialog box opens.
    Additional info required.PNG
  16. Vista: In the Enter Credential dialog box, do the following:
    1. In the User name field type your username.
    2. In the Password field type your password.
    3. In the Logon domain field type MIDD.
    4. Click OK xp button.PNG.
  17. Windows 7: In the Enter Credential dialog box, do the following:
    1. In the User name field type your MIDD\username.
    2. In the Password field type your password.
    3. Click OK xp button.PNG.

You are now connected to midd_secure and have access to all of Middlebury College’s network resources from behind the firewall.


Configure your Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) for midd_secure

To configure your Mac OS X (Mountain Lion) computer to access the midd_secure network, follow the instructions below.

To use midd_secure, in most cases all you need to do is:

  1. Click on the AirPort icon (Airport icon.PNG) on the right end of the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Select midd_secure from the list.
  3. Enter your username and password and click JOIN.
  4. After a few seconds you will be prompted to accept the College’s security certificate. Click Mac continue button.PNG.
    • You will be asked to supply login credentials having administrator access to the computer. Enter valid credentials, then click Update Settings.


Configure Older Mac Operating Systems (Leopard / Snowleopard) for midd_secure

To configure your Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) or Snowleopard (10.6) computer to access the midd_secure network, follow the instructions below.

To use midd_secure, in most cases all you need to do is:

  1. Click on the AirPort icon (Airport icon.PNG) on the right end of the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Select midd_secure from the list.
  3. Enter your username and password and click Mac ok button.PNG.
  4. After a few seconds you will be prompted to accept the College’s security certificate. Click Mac continue button.PNG.

However, if the above procedure does not work for you, try the steps below.

  1. Click on the AirPort icon (Airport icon.PNG) on the right end of the menu bar at the top of your screen and select Open Network Preferences. The Network dialog box opens.
  2. Highlight AirPort and click on Advanced...
  3. Remove midd_secure from the list of Preferred Networks (click on the minus sign after selecting the name above)
  4. Click on the 802.1X tab.  Click the triangle to the left of User Profiles to display wireless configurations.
  5. If midd_secure is listed in the Configuration list, delete it using the instructions a-b below. If midd_secure is not listed, go to the next step.
    1. In the Configuration list select midd_secure.
    2. Click Remove (a minus sign) to delete.
  6. Click Add (a plus sign) to add a new configuration.
    1. In the Description field type midd_secure.
    2. In the User Name field enter your Middlebury College username.
    3. Leave the Password field blank as any subsequent password change would render this configuration unusable.
    4. In the Wireless Network field click the drop-down menu to select midd_secure.
    5. In the Authentication field select PEAP (PEAP should be the only option that has a checkmark).
    6. Click Mac ok button.PNG.
  7. After clicking Apply, close the Network dialog box.
  8. To connect to midd_secure click the AirPort icon (Airport icon.PNG) on the right end of the menu bar at the top of your screen and select midd_secure. You will be prompted to enter your username and password.

Note: Ensure that the "Use Passive FT Mode (PASV) box is unchecked in the Proxies tab for Advanced Network Preferences.

Configure your mobile device (Android and iOS) for midd_secure

Configure iOS devices for midd_secure

  1. From the Home screen of your iOS device, select Settings.
  2. From the Settings screen, select Wi-Fi.
  3. Make sure that Wi-Fi is ON, then select midd-secure from the Choose a Network... list.
  4. At the prompts, enter your Middlebury credentials: username and password and then select Join.
  5. Accept *.middlebury.edu certificate.
  6. If all went well, your iOS device is now connected to midd-secure!

Configure Android devices for midd_secure

  1. Find and select Settings on the screen of your Android device.
  2. From the Settings screen, select Wi-Fi and make sure it is ON
  3. Select midd_secure from the list of available networks
  4. On the pop-up menu make sure that the following settings are made:
    • Security - 802.1x EAP (leave as default)
    • EAP method - PEAP (leave as default)
    • Phase 2 authentication - MSCHAPV2
    • CA certificate - unspecified (leave as default)
    • Identity - middusername (your College username)
    • Anonymous identity - leave empty
    • Password - middpassword (your College password)
  5. Connect and you should be on the midd-secure network!



The Midd-standard Wireless Network

An additional wireless network access method named Midd-standard has been created on campus which promotes better connectivity to Middlebury resources. Use this network only if you are unable to connect successfully using midd_secure.

Connecting to Midd-standard will improve your networking performance, provide added security for your data, and help us reduce the load on midd_unplugged so that our guests will have a viable Internet connection when visiting.

Please contact the Helpdesk at x2200 for the key to connect to Midd-standard. Use the Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box on your laptop to select Midd-standard.

NOTE: if you are already on midd_secure we recommend you stay with this access. Your Middlebury sign-in credentials will be the key for access and will not change. Midd-standard's key may change from time to time requiring you to re-authenticate to the network.

The midd_unplugged Wireless Network

BIG NOTE: Midd_unplugged is slower -- we've reserved much less bandwidth for it!

Midd_unplugged is the unsecured, open network on campus, intended for guest use only. Anyone can access it and it is not password-protected, meaning that it is more susceptible to intrusion than Midd_secure is.

We recommend that students, faculty, and staff configure their computer to connect using Midd_secure for fastest, most secure access.

Any operating system can connect to midd_unplugged if in range using its standard network manager.


Configure your Macintosh OS X Computer for midd_unplugged

Follow the instructions that come with your card for installing the card in your laptop.

  1. Check for updates for your card.
    1. Click System Preferences on the doc or from the Mac apple menu.PNG menu select System Preferences.
    2. In the System section, click Software Update.
  2. Click Mac network icon.PNG.
  3. From the Show drop-down list, select AirPort.
  4. Click the AirPort tab
  5. Click the join network with best signal radio button to bullet it.
  6. Important: Verify that the checkbox for Allow this computer to create networks is not checked.
  7. Leave the checkbox for Show AirPort status in menu bar checked.
  8. Click the TCP/IP tab.
  9. From the Configure drop-down list, select Using DHCP.
  10. Mac apply now button.PNG.
  11. Restart your computer.


The eduroam Wireless Network

Eduroam has become very popular at Colleges and Universities in Europe as a way for faculty, staff and students to be able to access the Internet wirelessly while visiting other participating institutions. As a participating member of Eduroam, we now offer wireless Internet access in a secure and reliable manner to Eduroam-participating school members without having to have them register ahead of time. Likewise, our faculty, staff and students will have wireless Internet access while visiting at other participating institutions.

You will know you are at a participating institution if you see a network called eduroam listed. To use eduroam when traveling, you will need to enter your full username@middlebury.edu and password.

Important note: While here on campus, Middlebury faculty, staff, and students do not benefit from use of the eduroam network. It is designed for guests and does not provide the access or speed that you enjoy when using midd_secure.

Configuring your wireless device for eduroam



Additional eduroam resources


Locations of Wireless Networks

Main Campus Wireless Locations

A map of the wireless locations is available at the end of this document and at http://go.middlebury.edu/campusmap?google. The following is a list of the main campus locations that DO NOT have wireless access as this list is much shorter than those locations that do have it!


  • 33 Adirondack View
  • 99 Adirondack View
  • Alumni Stadium (parts of it)
  • Battell Hall (west wings)
  • Bowker
  • Carr Hall (parts of it)
  • Center for the Arts (parts of it)
  • Le Chateau
  • 248 College Street
  • College Street Child Center
  • Field House (the Bubble)
  • Forest Hall (north wings)
  • 131 Franklin



  • Gifford Hall (most of it)
  • Hepburn Hall (most of it)
  • Hesselgrave House
  • Homestead House (north wing)
  • Johnson Memorial (most of it)
  • The Mill
  • Nichols House
  • Pearsons (south end)
  • Recycling Facility
  • Service Building (much of it)
  • 46 South Street
  • Starr Hall (most of it)
  • Voter Hall


Most of the off-campus student houses have wireless routers, however service there is provided by another ISP, such as Comcast or Verizon.


Bread Loaf Campus Wireless Locations

  • Annex
  • Barn
  • Birch
  • Brandy Brook
  • Caretaker's House
  • Cherry
  • Davison Library
  • Earthworm Manor
  • Fritz
  • Frothingham
  • The Inn
  • Larch
  • Little Theatre
  • Maple
  • Maris
  • Tamarack
  • Treman

Please note that other small houses along Route 125 (such as Cornwall) generally have useable wireless signals from adjacent buildings.

Snow Bowl Wireless Locations

  • Main Base Lodge
  • Ski Patrol Cabin


Main Campus Wireless Locations (Map)

View locations with Wireless on the Campus Map

The yellow highlighted locations have wireless coverage.

Wireless map.PNG

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