WiFi & Wired Connections

Scheduled maintenance for South Science network 4-17-19

OIT staff need to perform a scheduled reboot of one of our network distribution switches. This work will be done between 7:00am and 7:30am on Wednesday, April 17th. The reboot should take less than 10 minutes. The following buildings will lose networked services during this 10 minute reboot: South Science… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

Mapping a Network Drive (Windows/Mac)

Windows Once logged into Active Directory (AD) the shared drive associated to the department will automatically map.  There are some instances where access to another department’s drive is granted to an individual and the drive mapping needs to be done manually: Right-click  ‘Computer’ icon on the Desktop Select ‘Map Network Drive…’ Select… Continue reading »

Guest Wireless Access

Williams College provides free guest wifi access. This network access is provided for the express purpose of facilitating simple Internet web communication. Use implies agreement with all terms and conditions of appropriate behavior of our Acceptable Use Policy. In order to connect to this network while on-campus… Continue reading »

Joining Eduroam or Purple Air

Williams is transitioning our primary wireless connection from Purple Air to Eduroam.   After connecting to Eduroam at Williams you will be able to use the Eduroam network at other participating colleges and Universities.  It is fine to continue using Purple Air for now, but the next time you need to… Continue reading »

PC Networking

Before arriving at Williams Secure your computer – Run Windows Updates All Windows computers must have current critical updates and anti-virus software. Windows 10: Start menu > Settings > Update & Security Windows 8: Click the Windows button > type update > click the settings field > choose Windows… Continue reading »

First Days Computing Guide

Please read the important guides below regarding college accounts, getting your computer on the network, computer security and other fun and important information that will help you get online quickly and safely at Williams. You can do some preparation before you arrive on campus by following the networking guides below. Continue reading »

Network Device Registration

Devices will be registered by us within 2 business days Most wireless devices can connect to Purple Air.  If the wireless authentication does not work then your device may need to be registered by OIT.  Some devices need to be registered on the wired network. Please use the form below to… Continue reading »

Wired Ethernet jacks in Dorm Rooms

Information Technology Committee and College Council have approved changing to an opt-in system to have a live Ethernet jack. Ethernet jacks in common rooms will remain activated. If you want to request that your Ethernet jack be activated fill out the Data Jack Activation Request form from https://ticket.williams.edu (on… Continue reading »


What is eduroam? EDUROAM (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.  EDUROAM allows people with accounts from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campuses at participating institutions by simply opening their laptop or other wireless device and… Continue reading »

Wireless Network

Connecting to Wireless Connecting to the Williams wireless network (PurpleAir) is easy. (Visitors to campus please click here for Williams Guest wifi directions) Just follow these steps: Configure your wireless settings (the default settings will work on most machines). Associate to an access point with an … Continue reading »

Wireless Glossary

Some quick definitions of random terms used on this site. Wireless Gateway The gateway is a server that controls all wireless access on campus. All wireless connections flow through the gateway, and the gateway ensures that all wireless users are authorized to use it. In order to secure the wireless… Continue reading »

Proxy Server Set-Up on an iPad

Go to Settings. Select Wi-Fi. Select the Wi-Fi Network to whcih you are connected (ex. Purple Air) In the WiFi Networks window tab on the arrow to the right of your WiFi network name Under the IP Address you should be the DHCP section Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to… Continue reading »

VPN for iOS (iPad, iPhone) and Android Devices

Step 1: On an iOS device (iPhone, iPad) install the following app from the App store: Cisco AnyConnect https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cisco-anyconnect/id392790924?mt=8 On an Android install the following app from the Google Play store: AnyConnect ICS+ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cisco.anyconnect.vpn.android.avf Step 2: Open the app and choose Add… Continue reading »

VPN (Virtual Private Networking)

Williams VPN Running the VPN client allows you to establish a secure connection to the college network.  Your computer acts as though it were here on campus.  Among other things this allows a keyserver connection to run Williams licensed software from off-campus. The VPN connection is limited to Faculty, Staff… Continue reading »

Mac Networking

Before arriving at Williams Secure your computer – Run OS updates On your Mac, go to the Apple menu and choose Software Update. Or for newer operating systems, Apple menu, App Store. Install Sophos Anti-virus Although Macs are generally much less likely to get viruses there were some well… Continue reading »

Determining MAC Addresses for Network Devices

A MAC (Media Access Control) address is a number that identifies the network adapter(s) installed on your computer. The address is composed of up to 6 pairs of characters, separated by colons. You may need to provide your MAC address to register on the Williams Network. To find your MAC address… Continue reading »

Working From Off-Campus

There are many resources available to college faculty and staff when working remotely.  Some are straightforward and require no configuration, while some require prior setup or further consideration. These are resources you can access from anywhere, with any computer or tablet: Google Apps for Education (Email, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets… Continue reading »

Wireless FAQ

Coverage Issues You said there was coverage in this area, but I found a dead zone. What gives? What’s the schedule for wireless deployments? Other Issues How do I use wireless on <insert random OS here>? How do I use wireless on my handheld? I… Continue reading »

Wireless Application Usage

Since wireless networks are by nature insecure (information is passed through the air and thus is susceptible to being captured), OIT requires wireless users to use only secure applications – those that do not send passwords in clear-text. This page will help you make the switch to using … Continue reading »

Networks / Wireless

Wireless The Office for Information Technology is pleased to provide a wireless network connection to registered users of the Williams Network. Wireless at Williams is currently available in all buildings on campus. Visitors to campus (non-registered) please click here for Williams Guest wifi directions) Connecting to… Continue reading »