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Accessing the Wireless Network

Directions effective on October 11, 2010 at 8:30am

To connect to the BOWDOIN wireless network, you must:

  • Be a current student, faculty or staff member
  • Have a valid Bowdoin username and password

Please select your operating system from the list below to see how to setup your computer for access to the BOWDOIN wireless network.

Connecting with Macintosh OS 10.5 & 10.6

Connecting with Windows 7

Connecting Windows Vista

Connecting with Windows XP

Connecting with ChromeOS

Connecting with Ubuntu (or other Linux Distro)

Connecting with the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

Connecting Devices that can't use WPA2 Enterprise (Wii, Xbox, Kindle, etc)

Connecting to BOWDOIN-GUEST

Macintosh OS 10.5 & 10.6

1. Click on the Airport icon by the system clock on the Macintosh desktop.


2. Choose BOWDOIN and enter your username and password.

3. A Verify Certificate window will open the first time you connect.  Click Continue to accept the certificate.  It may take up to 30 seconds to get an ip address.

4.  If you have previously connected to Bowdoin please do the following first:

5.  Click on the Apple-->System Preferences-->Network

6.  Click on "Airport" on the left and then click "Advanced".

7.  On the "Airport" tab choose Bowdoin from the list and click the "-" sign to delete.

8.  Now go to the "TCP/IP" tab and click the arrow next to "Using DHCP" and set to manual

9.  Click "ok" and you will get an error-->click "ok" and toggle the setting back to "Using DHCP"

10.  Click "OK", then "Apply" and close that window.

11.  Up in the finder bar click on the wireless icon and turn the airport "off" then back "on" 

12.  Follow steps 1 & 2 above.

**Note: Leopard (10.5.8) users may still experience no connectivity.  Do the following:

 a.  Turn the wireless off and then on.  Connect to Bowdoin.

 b.  When prompted about the certificate choose "Show Certificate"

 c.  In the certificate click the arrow next to "Trust" to drop it open.

 d.  In the top drop-down box choose "Trust Always" and this will fill in the other 2 boxes accordingly"

 e.  Then click "Continue" to accept the certificate.  Wait about 30 seconds and you will then be connected.

Windows 7

1. Make sure Windows is managing your wireless connections.


2. Click on the Wireless Icon in the taskbar located near the system clock.

Windows 7 network connection list.

2. Choose BOWDOIN from the list of available wireless networks.

Windows 7 Authentication window

3. Enter your user name and password.

4.  Accept the certificate if prompted.

Windows Vista

There are two requirements you will need to check first in order to connect to the network with Windows Vista:

  • Have installed Windows Vista with Service Pack 2. You can do this through your Windows Updates.

  • Make sure Windows is managing your wireless networks.

1.  If you have connected to Bowdoin previously then right click on the Wireless Icon in the taskbar located near the system clock

2. Open "Network and Sharing Center" and click "Manage Wireless Networks" (NOT-Manage Network Connections!)

Network and Sharing Center

3.  Select "Bowdoin" and click "Remove" in the bar above. Confirm deletion by clicking "OK"

4.  Now click "Add" in the bar and choose "Add a Network that is in range of this computer"

Networks in range

5.  Choose "Bowdoin" and click "connect"

Vista Join

6.  Choose "Enter/select additional log on information" and enter your Bowdoin username, password and domain=BOWDOINCOLLEGE

Vista additional info

Vista credentials

7.  You will brought back to the window that says "Enter/select additional log on information" again.  Click on this a second time.

8.  You will be prompted about a certificate, click "OK"

vista cert

9. Check the boxes for "save" and "start" and then click "Close".  You are now connected.

Windows XP

There are three requirements you will need to check first in order to connect to the network with Windows XP:

  • Have installed Windows XP with Service Pack 3. You can do this through your Windows Updates.

  • Make sure Windows is managing your wireless networks.

  • Have installed and configured a 802.11a, 802.11g or 802.11n compatible wireless network card, capable of using WPA or WPA2 encryption.

Configuring the wireless network connection

1.    Click Start > Control Panel >Double Click "Network Connections"

2.    Right Click "Wireless Network Connection" and then select "Properties".

The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box is displayed.

3. Click the Wireless Networks tab.

Windows XP wireless connection properties window

4. Make sure the BOWDOIN is highlighted and click on Properties.

Windows XP Bowdoin network properties screenshot

5. From the Network Authentication list, select WPA2. (If you do not have WPA2 listed you may need to update to Windows XP Service Pack 3.)

6. From the DATA Encryption list, select AES.

Windows XP AES window

7. Click the Authentication tab.

Windows XP Authentication tab window

8. For the EAP type, select Protected EAP(PEAP).

9. Uncheck Authenticate as computer when computer information is available.

10. Click Properties under the EAP type list.

Windows XP EAP Properties window

11. Uncheck Validate server certificate.

12. Check the Enable Fast Reconnect checkbox.

13. From the Select Authentication Method list, select Secure password (EAP-MSCHAP v2).

14. Next to the Select Authentication Method list, click Configure.

Windows XP EAP MSCHAPv2 window

15. Uncheck Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any).
16. Click OK.
17. Click OK in the Protected EAP Properties, Wireless network properties, and Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog boxes to close them and return to the Windows desktop.

Logging onto the wireless network

1. An informational balloon is displayed near the System Clock.  Click on this balloon.

Windows XP wireless bubble located near system clock

2. Select Bowdoin from the list of available wireless networks.

Windows XP available wireless networks list

3. Enter in your Bowdoin username and password.  Leave the Logon Domain field blank.

Windows XP credentials screenshot

4. You will now be connected to the BOWDOIN network.

Connecting with Chrome OS

1.  Navigate to Settings-->Internet

2.  Click on the "Options" button next Bowdoin (NOT "Connect")

3.  Then in the window that comes up click "Connect" in there!

4.  You will see the following screen:

Chrome OS screenshot

5.  Choose "PEAP" for the 'EAP method', 'Phase 2 Auth' = automatic, 'Server CA certificate' = "Do Not Check"

6.  Then enter your Bowdoin username in the 'Identity' field and then your Bowdoin password in the 'Password' field. Leave the 'Anonymous identity' field empty.

7.  Click "Connect" and wait a moment and you should get a window that says "connected".

Connecting with Ubuntu (or other Linux Distro)

1.  Click on the wireless symbol up in the notification bar and choose the Bowdoin wireless network to connect to

2.  You should get the following window:

Ubuntu screenshot 1

3.  Change all the settings to the ones above: Wireless Security = WPA & WPA2 Enterprise, Authentication = Protected EAP (PEAP), Leave Anonymous Identity empty, CA Certificate = none, PEAP Version = automatic, Inner Authentication = MSCHAPV2, Username = your Bowdoin username, password = your bowdoin password.

4. Click "connect".  You will get the following window:

Authentication screenshot

5.  For the above window, check the box for "Don't warn me again" and click "Ignore"

6.  You should then get a window that pops up and says "connected"

7.  You should be able to get to the Bowdoin homepage:

Bowdoin screenshot

Connecting with the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

1. Select the Settings icon.

2. Select Wi-Fi and make sure Wi-Fi is turned on.

3. Under Choose Network... choose BOWDOIN.

4.  If you have connected to BOWDOIN before click the blue arrow to the right otherwise go to step 7.

5.  Choose "Forget this network" and tap "forget" to make sure that the wireless will reconnect when the device gets turned on.

6.  Then choose "Wi-Fi Networks" at the top to go back

7.  Under Choose Network... choose Bowdoin.

iPhone connect screenshot

4. Enter your Bowdoin Username and Password and tap Join.

iPhone cert screenshot

5. When asked, tap the Accept the security certificate.

You will now be connected to the Bowdoin network.

Connecting devices that can't use WPA2 Enterprise 

BOWDOIN-LEGACY is a wireless network for devices that do not support WPA2 Enterprise wireless network. If you have a device that does not connect to the BOWDOIN wireless network, (Wii, Xbox, Amazon Kindle (except Kindle Fire & newer), Sony readers, Android devices Running Android OS 3 and below, etc) you will need to call the Help Desk at 725-3030 to have us register the wireless address for your device.  This will allow your device to now connect to the BOWDOIN-LEGACY wireless network.

Connecting to BOWDOIN-GUEST

  • Choose the BOWDOIN-GUEST wireless network from your computer or Smartphone.

  • Open a web browser and fill out the registration web page that automatically loads. If your browser does not immediately connect to this page, refresh your browser.

  • BOWDOIN-GUEST access will expire 24 hours after you register.

  • BOWDOIN-GUEST wireless access is used for email and web browsing, has limited access and is not as fast. Bowdoin services like printing and network file services are not accessible when connected to the guest wireless network.

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Apr 25, 2014