Wellesley College Network FAQs


Use of the campus network should be in conformance with the College’s technology policies:

Common Questions:

Which wireless network should I use for my computer?

College-owned Windows & Mac computers and Personal Mac OS X computers can connect directly to the Wellesley Secure wireless network.  When prompted to login, use your Wellesley Domain Account username and password.  On Macs, you may also need to accept a certificate and login with your computer login and password to save the certificate.

Personal Windows computers must follow these steps to connect:

  1. Connect to Wellesley Setup wireless network
  2. Open Internet Explorer and go to a non-https website, such as www.wellesley.edu. 
  3. You will then be redirected to our Cisco Network Login website. 
  4. Login to the website with your Wellesley Domain username and password.
  5. Enter a description for your computer, then allow Internet Explorer to run/install the Cisco Network helper installer. 
  6. Once that is installed, your computer will then attempt to connect to the Wellesley Secure wireless network.
  7. When you are prompted to login, use your Wellesley Domain username and password. 
  8. On Windows 10 computers, you must enter wellesley\ before your username (eg wellesley\helpdesk).

How do College-owned computers connect to the wired network?

Most faculty and staff College-owned computers will authenticate to the network when you log into the computer with your Domain Account. You will not need to login a second time, and you should not see a Cisco NAC popup window. 

Non-standard College-owned computers may prompt for your domain username and password the first time you connect to the network.  For details of what the prompt looks like and how to enter your Domain Account information, please see the links below:

How do mobile devices connect to wireless?

Connect Wellesley Secure and login with your Domain Account username and password. Detailed directions can be found in the links below:

Can guests connect to the wireless network?

Yes, there are two ways for guests to connect, either via eduroam or the Wellesley Guest network.

Wellesley now participates in eduroam.  If you are a visitor from an eduroam institution, you may connect to the eduroam WiFi network on campus.

Otherwise, guests can connect to the Wellesley Guest WiFi network.  After connecting the first time, open a web browser, attempt to visit any website and you should be redirected to the Guest portal.  Guests should review the Acceptable Use terms, enter their email address, and click Accept to access the network.  This access should last 24 hours and can be renewed at that time.

Can Alumnae use the wireless network?

Alumnae may connect to either the Wellesley Guest or eduroam Wireless networks.

How do I connect other devices (e.g. game consoles, internet TVs)?

Some devices are not capable of connecting to Wellesley Secure due to the type of encryption used (WPA2 Enterprise). If your device does not support WPA2 Enterprise encryption, you will need to follow the directions below:

  1. Find the WiFi / MAC Address of the device you wish to connect to the network.  It is usually in the device's settings or information options, or on the box it came in
    • If you need help finding the WiFi address, contact the Help Desk.
  2. On a computer connected to Wellesley Secure, go to the My Devices network access portal.
  3. Login with your Domain Account username and password.
  4. Enter the WiFi Address and a description, then click OK.
  5. Once it has been saved and is shown in your list of devices, you should be able to connect your device to the Wellesley Setup wireless network. 

What devices work or don't work on the network?

Most internet enabled devices will connect to Wellesley Setup once successfully registered. ​ Some may have limited functionality due to how our large network is configured differently than a home network, where many of these devices are designed for.

One example is AppleTV's.  They will connect to Wellesley Setup once you register them, and all the built-in apps will work, but you will not be able to connect your computer to it or use AirPlay.

Why aren't wireless printers or personal routers allowed on campus?

Faculty, staff, and students are not allowed to set up personal wireless printers or routers (including Time Capsule and other backup systems that use WiFi) because they may interfere with the campus network performance.  LTS may disable the device and attempt to contact the owner if needed.

As of May 2014, Wellesley also participates in eduroam.  If you are a visitor from an eduroam institution, you may connect to the eduroam WiFi network on campus.