Colby provides wired and wireless networking services to the entire campus and its faculty, staff, students and visitors. Virtual Private Network (VPN) service and wireless device management, such as an Apple TV, Roku or game systems is available to all Colby account holders.
Wired Network Connection
The wired Ethernet connection is the most secure, fast and reliable network connection method to gain access to the Internet and all Colby’s network resources. Wired Ethernet ports are available in all offices and residences as well as most common areas.
The ‘Colby Access’ wireless network is intended for use by all Colby account holders (students, faculty and staff) and provides access to general information technology resources such as printing, file and software servers. Connection to this network is authenticated (username and password) and is encrypted in transmission to ensure privacy.
The ‘Colby Guest Access’ wireless network is intended for use by visitors and guests of the College. All clients must register an email address for 24 hours of access. Conference identifiers can be issued by ITS for longer access upon request. Connections to information technology resources such as licensed programs, campus printers, or access to the file servers is restricted.
The eduroam (education roaming) network is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop. When connecting to this network your university credentials will be required. More information about eduroam can be found here.
Registering a Wireless Device
Wireless devices such as smart TV’s, gaming systems, entertainment appliances like Apple TV and Roku and any other network device that does not support WPA2 Enterprise (as required by the ‘Colby Access’ wireless network) must be registered to connect to the ‘Colby Guest Access’ wireless network instead. Any Colby account holder can register a device at clearpass.colby.edu. Wireless devices such as printers and Sonos’s speakers are designed for a home network. If you have a wireless printer it will need to be connected via USB cable.
The Virtual Private Network (VPN) service provides secure access to Colby’s online resources such as file servers, print servers, software licensing and various web-based services when away from campus. ITS strongly recommends using the VPN connection when connecting to Colby resources over any unsecured (open or public) wireless network. The VPN can be accessed through a browser at vpn.colby.edu or by connecting through the Pulse Secure software client installed on all college-issued computers.
The service is free.