Connect to Wireless
This page contains detailed instructions on how to connect devices to Middlebury's wireless networks.
- Get Started with Wireless if you don't know which network is best for your needs.
- Wireless Troubleshooting for help with common connection issues.
Registering Supported Devices
While most devices can connect seamlessly to the MiddleburyCollege wireless network, gaming consoles, like xBox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch consoles, as well as media streamers and certain other devices that do not support enterprise WiFi security protocols, need to use the MiddleburyGuest WiFi network.
Such devices must be registered before they can be used on our network. The device's MAC address will be needed to complete the new, self service registration process. Once the device is registered, its MAC address will be recognized automatically and you will be able to connect it to the MiddleburyGuest network for Internet access without a username or password.
An exhaustive list is not possible, but some examples of the devices that need to be registered are: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo DS, certain models of Kindle, and Nook. Smart TVs that only require Internet access should also be registered if they do not support username and password authentication. See the section below "3.2 Connect Your Gaming Console to MiddleburyGuest" for additional information.
PLEASE NOTE: Kindly reboot the gaming console or other device after registering it on the MiddleburyGuest network. Rebooting the device and allowing it to reconnect to MiddleburyGuest is required for online gaming and streaming to work.
Note that Chromecast, wireless printers, "smart home" items (e.g., smart plugs and light bulbs), and any other devices that rely on being controlled by another device, cannot be supported at this time. These devices require broadcast traffic that is not compatible with the requirements of our enterprise wireless infrastructure.
The MiddleburyCollege Wireless Network
This fast and secure network is available for use by anyone having a Middlebury College user name and password.
If you've mistakenly connected to the Guest wireless network, please delete it from your device to avoid automatically connecting to it.
Connect your iOS device to MiddleburyCollege
- From the Home screen of your iOS device, select Settings.
- From the Settings screen, select Wi-Fi.
- Make sure that Wi-Fi is ON, then select MiddleburyCollege from the Choose a Network... list.
- At the prompts, enter your Middlebury College e-mail address and password OR your Middlebury Guest Account credentials and then select Join.
- Click Trust for the InCommon certificate for the College's server.
- Wi-Fi should now reflect your connection to the MiddleburyCollege wireless network.
Connect your Mac OS X computer to MiddleburyCollege
- Click on the AirPort icon () on the right end of the menu bar at the top of your screen.
- Select MiddleburyCollege from the list.
- Enter your Middlebury College e-mail address and password OR your Middlebury Guest Account credentials then click JOIN.
- After a few seconds you will be prompted to accept the College’s security certificate. Click .
- You will be asked to supply login credentials having administrator access to the computer. Enter valid credentials, then click Update Settings.
Connect your Windows computer to MiddleburyCollege
- Click the wireless icon () located on the far right of the task bar along the bottom of your screen.
- Click MiddleburyCollege, then click Connect.
- If you are prompted for Network Authentication, enter your Middlebury College e-mail address and password OR your Middlebury Guest Account credentials, then click OK.
Setting up a Manual Connection
If you are using a computer that was issued by another institution, it is likely configured to attempt to connect to wireless with the same credentials you used to log in to the computer, which will not work on the Middlebury campus. To fix this, follow these instructions for setting up a manual connection on Windows 10.
Connect your Android or Chromebook device to MiddleburyCollege
These settings are also necessary for Chromebooks and other devices that require you to specify what type of security is in place.
- Find and select Settings on the screen of your Android or Chrombook device.
- From the Settings screen, select Wi-Fi and make sure it is ON.
- Select MiddleburyCollege from the list of available networks.
- On the pop-up menu make sure that the following settings are made. Note that you may need to scroll down to see all settings:
- EAP method - PEAP (leave as default)
- Phase 2 authentication - None (or MSCHAPV2)
- CA certificate - Use system certificates
- Online Cert. Status - Do not validate
- Domain - middlebury.edu
- Identity - (username) OR full Middlebury email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR Guest account full email address
- Anonymous identity - leave empty
- Password - your Middlebury account password OR Middlebury guest account password
- Connect and you should be on the MiddleburyCollege network!
The MiddleburyGuest Wireless Network
Guests and others visitors who do not have a Middlebury College or eduroam username and password can select the MiddleburyGuest wireless network, then quickly set up and use a "basic" guest account.
As of 12/15/2020, anyone who used to have a "full featured" guest account must now create a basic guest account and use the MiddleburyGuest wireless network.
Basic guest accounts are valid for ten days and may be used to connect a maximum of two devices to the wireless network. They are perfect for anyone who simply wants to check email or surf the web.
- NOTE that there are traffic restrictions on the MiddleburyGuest wireless network; HTTP/HTTPS (web surfing) and most types of email connection should work, but some other protocols (SSH, POP, etc.) will not. Please contact the Helpdesk with any questions.
Forgot your password?
Simply repeat the account creation steps above to obtain a new one.
Want to Reconnect or Connect an Additional Device?
After you have created a basic guest account you can use that email address and password to log in again on the same device or on one additional device. Here's how:
- Select the MiddleburyGuest wireless network, click Create Basic Guest Account, then scroll to the bottom of the form.
- Click the Sign In link beside Already have an account.
Connect Your Gaming Console to MiddleburyGuest
Gaming consoles can be connected only to the MiddleburyGuest network, not the typical MiddleburyCollege network. This is because the consoles do not support the authentication type that is present on the main network. The MiddleburyGuest network appears to be without a password, however you will need to complete the steps below in order to gain access.
- Obtain the MAC Address of the device following these instructions.
- Regsiter your device at Self Service MAC Address Registration using the MAC Address that you found in Step 1 (if you are prompted for a password, use your Middlebury email and password like you would for WebMail etc...).
- Connect to the "MiddleburyGuest" network on your console now that you have registered the MAC address, checking the box to "Remember Network" if asked.
- After connecting reboot your device.
Below are links directly from the manufacturers detailing how to connect to a WiFi network for a few of the most popular devices in case you are unfamiliar with the process. After completing the steps above you should be able to connect to the MiddleburyGuest network like any other network that does not have a password.
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 email@example.com 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 MiddleburyCollege.
Configuring your wireless device for eduroam
- Please visit: https://wiki.geant.org/display/H2eduroam/endusers for configuration information covering a variety of operating systems.
- See https://confluence.terena.org/display/H2eduroam/endusers for additional documentation.
Additional eduroam resources