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In order to access Wellesley online resources (e.g. Wellesley Google Apps, NTM, Wellesley College website, Keyaccess programs like Photoshop), you must have Cisco Clean Access installed on your computer and you must login through your domain name and password. If you are a visitor to the campus, you can have 24-hour visitor access to the Internet, but will not be able to use Wellesley online resources.
The current name (or SSID) of the official wireless network is called Wellesley , but some are still named nostrings . This page explains how to connect a Mac notebook to the Wellesley College network using wireless.
- Configuring Your Network Settings for a Wireless Ethernet Connection
- Switching Between Wired and Wireless Connections
- Turning Off/On your Wireless Connection
NOTE: For best results
- disable your wireless connection when using your wired connection, and re-enable it when you are using wireless, as it can conflict with Cisco Clean Access and authenticating your computer.
- WARNING: Don't forget to disable your wireless if you need to disconnect from the network because of a virus issue or because you are following documentation that requires you to disconnect from the network.
Configuring Your Network Settings for a Wireless Ethernet Connection
1. Make sure you do not have an ethernet cable plugged in at the same time.
2. In the right of your menubar, make sure AirPort is turned on.
3. Select Wellesley or nostrings from the available list of networks. You should now be connected to the campus network and will either be prompted to login to Clean Access if you have the agent installed, should open a web browser to get redirected to the Clean Access login page, or network access will work automatically if you have 10.6 or 10.7 and have been exempted.
1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
2. Click the Network Icon.
3. In the Show: field, make sure that Airport is selected
4. In the By default, join: field, select Preferred Networks.
5. Click the plus (+) sign to add a network. You will then see this window:
Type Wellesley in the Network Name: field and click OK.
6. Click Apply Now.
7. The airport signal signal on the top right corner of your window should now show connectivity and you should be able to use a web browser, e-mail or any other application that requires a network connection.
Your Mac should "auto-detect" when you insert an Ethernet cable into your notebook, and switch from wireless to wired networking--and vice-versa--automatically. If it does not, or you want to manually choose:
1. Go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
2. Click on the Network icon.
3. In the drop down menu next to Show:, select Built-in Ethernet (wired), or Airport (wireless), as needed.
Click on the signal strength indicator in the upper right corner of your screen and select nostrings from the menu.
NOTE: For best results, we recommend that you disable your wireless connection when using your wired connection, and re-enable it when you are using wireless, as it can conflict with Cisco Clean Access and authenticating your computer.
Turning Off / On Your Wireless Connection
You may want to turn off your wireless connection temporarily when you're using your wired connection, in order to install certain software, or in case your computer becomes infected with a virus. To temporarily disable your wireless connection:
Click on the signal strength indicator in the upper right corner of your screen and select Turn Airport Off from the menu.
To turn wireless back on, click on the signal strength indicator in the upper right corner of your screen and select Turn Airport On from the menu.