Wireless Devices in the Residence Halls

In order to ensure that the Williams wireless network has strong coverage for all students in the residence halls we do not allow devices that interfere with the wireless network and cannot help with devices not designed for our enterprise-grade network.  This is a shared resource and needs to be available for the good of all students.

Routers and Hotspots

Wireless routers directly interfere with the Williams wireless network and are not allowed.  If you want a faster connection in your room, consider connecting via wired ethernet.   All rooms have data jacks which are off by default, to have yours turned on log in to PeopleSoft and go to Self Service > Campus Life > Dorm Ethernet Activation.  If you have any wireless connectivity issues, please contact the student helpdesk at stchelp@williams.edu or 413-597-3088.

Wireless Printers

For sustainability reasons, we do not recommend bringing a printer to Williams.  Not only do they cost far more per page to print, manufacturing and disposing of them creates a huge amount of waste.  Printing is available in many places throughout campus, for more information on campus printing, see http://print.williams.edu   
If you do decide to bring your own printer, please disable the wireless functionality and use it via USB.  Otherwise wireless printers would use connections and decrease those available to you and other students.

Other Wireless Devices

To make sure the wireless network works best for our students, we must prioritize the devices using it.  Primary importance goes to computers which are used for learning, research, and of course entertainment too.  Other wireless devices will take connections that would be better used by you or another student for their computer.  OIT will make an effort to connect your devices.  We are able to help with most game consoles, but some devices like the Chromecast, Google Home, and Amazon Echo will not work on our enterprise-grade network.  To make for a better wifi experience for our students in the residence halls, we will not connect smart outlets, light bulbs, and the like.