These instructions are intended to be a general guide to connecting most computers running Windows XP to connect to the wireless network using features that are built-in to the operating systems. Older operating systems, such as Windows2000, WindowsME and Windows98 may require a different procedure.

Driver information: It is recommended that you use the most recent drivers and software provided by the manufacturer of your computer or wireless card manufacturer instead of the generic Windows drivers. Specific instructions vary by manufacturer; therefore we are only able to provide generic instructions for use with Windows XP’s built in wireless support. Wherever possible, use vendor-specific drivers and software instead of Windows the defaults described here.

Security Disclaimer: Please be aware that wireless networks, by nature, are insecure. It is recommended that you not send unencrypted passwords (such as through Eudora/Outlook or Telnet) or other secure information (such as credit cards) over a wireless network. Anyone attempting to monitor the content of another person’s wireless network communication is in violation of the Code of Ethics for Information at Colby College and subject to disciplinary action.

System Requirements: A wireless card compatible with 802.11a, 802.11b OR 802.11g protocol

Connection Instructions

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Network Connections
  2. Under “LAN or High-Speed Internet” Wireless Connection should be listed.
    • If Wireless Connection is not listed, your wireless hardware may not be set up properly. Check your manufacturer’s documentation, reinstall the hardware, or call the ITSS Support Center (x4222) for additional assistance
  3. Make sure the Wireless Connection is enabled
    • Right-click the Wireless Connection and select Enable
  4. Right-click Wireless Connection and select View Available Wireless Networks


  1. Select Colby Wireless and click Connect
  2. A warning may display “Connecting to an unsecure network Colby Guest Access, click  Connect Anyway
  3. Computer should now be connected