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Connecting to Calvin's Student Network

5NKConnecteduroam wireless network

Connect to the eduroam wireless network with your computer by connecting first to the wireless_setup_instructions network and running the XpressConnect program. On a mobile device, just connect directly to eduroam and log in with your StudentMail email address and Calvin passphrase.

  • Click here to run the XpressConnect setup program on your computer

ResNet wired network

Available in on-campus dorms and apartments, you can connect to the high-speed ResNet wired network using an Ethernet cable. Any game console, smart TV, or streaming device should be connected to ResNet and registered via the Internet-Ready Device Registration page.


Frequently Asked Questions
What areas of campus are covered by the student network?

The student networks are both available in all dorms and apartments. the eduroam wireless network is available in most common and academic areas on campus. Please refer to the main wireless web page for an up-to-date list of wireless locations.

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What devices are able to connect to the network?

See our Student Computer Requirements and Recommendations for information on what is supported on the Calvin network.

Internet ready devices such as game consoles and smart TVs can be connected to ResNet via Ethernet cable and registered on the student network once a year using the Internet-Ready Device Registration page.

Common devices on the student network include but are not limited to:

  • Computers (Desktop and Laptop, Mac and PC)
  • Smartphones (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, etc)
  • E-Readers (Kindle Fire, Nook, etc)
  • Mobile devices (iPad, Surface, etc)
  • Blu-Ray players or streaming TV devices
  • Game Consoles (Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, etc)

There are no computers, mobile devices, or Internet-ready devices that Calvin specifically bans from the student networks. If your computer or device is sending out malicious web traffic, the device may be banned from the network until the issue is resolved. You may also be subjected to daily bandwidth limitations

If you are having trouble connecting a device to the student networks, please stop by the HelpDesk during normal business hours. You can also visit the HelpDesk Facebook page for more information.

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How do I connect to the Internet?

ResNet wired network - Connect your computer to the ResNet port in the wall via an Ethernet cable. Open your web browser, refresh the page, and follow the registration instructions on the page. If the registration page does not load, try clearing your browser's cookies and cache. If your network adapter is set to a manual IP address and/or DNS server for TCP/IP v4, you will need to change this setting to automatic.

If you are trying to connect an Internet ready device to ResNet, first connect the device via Ethernet cable and have the device attempt to browse or load content. This will not work until your device is registered, but in order for it to be registered it must be "seen" on the network attempting to connect at least once. Go to the Internet-Ready Device Registration page to register your device.

eduroam wireless network - Connect your computer to the wireless_setup_instructions wireless network. Open your web browser and follow the registration instructions on the page. If the registration page does not load, try clearing the browser's cookies and cache. If your wireless network adapter is set to a manual IP address and/or DNS server for TCP/IP v4, you will need to change this setting to automatic. You can also view manual setup instructions for various operating systems

If you are having trouble connecting a device to the student networks, please stop by the HelpDesk during normal business hours. You can also visit the HelpDesk Facebook page for more information.

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What type of Internet connection does Calvin have?

Calvin has a fiber-optic connection to our Internet service provider. Calvin contracts a symmetric 500 Mbps Internet connection, which is shared between all devices on campus.

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How does the Internet connection get shared?

The Internet connection gets shared to all of our Internet connected devices on campus. CIT strives to promote the mission and vision of the college as well as meet the academic needs of faculty and students within the confines of finite Internet bandwidth resources and operating funds. CIT has the tools to restrict bandwidth within certain time intervals, closely monitor what types of traffic are using bandwidth, and appropriately allocate bandwidth depending on the type of traffic. Mission critical applications and services will continue to have high priority to Internet resources, while recreational activities will be at a lower priority.

The actual speed and bandwidth your devices receive will fluctuate throughout the day depending on overall usage on campus and peak usage times. CIT strives to provide a fast and responsive Internet connection to all users, and allow users to burst to high speeds when unused Internet bandwidth is available. Please note, you may get better Internet speeds by plugging into a wired port on campus instead of using the campus wireless networks.

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Are there restrictions to my connection? Are there bandwidth caps?

CIT does restrict and limit some forms for Internet traffic, mainly peer-to-peer applications (P2P). CIT may also restrict any protocol or practice that violates the Policy on Responsible Use of Technology.

Additionally, to foster stewardship of our Internet bandwidth resources, CIT does impose a daily bandwidth limit on the all workstations, labs, student devices, and guests. CIT continually monitors this bandwidth limit and strives to make it so that less than 1% of our Internet users reach this limit on a daily basis. Certain CIT services, like on-campus resources, Moodle, and Blackboard Collaborate are never restricted even if an individual user reaches the daily bandwidth limit. The limit is not intended to be punitive or prevent students from completing academic work, but allows adequate bandwidth to remain available to the entire campus.

Users reaching the bandwidth limit will have their Internet bandwidth limited until the midnight reset of bandwidth limits. If you notice a drastic drop in your Internet bandwidth speed, it is possible you have exceeded your daily limit and your bandwidth has been restricted. You may contact the HelpDesk if you have questions about Internet speeds, or to see if you have been restricted.

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How often does Calvin upgrade our Internet connection speed?

CIT continually monitors our Internet connection with the mission and vision of the college in mind, while being stewards with the funds that our entrusted to us for use on our Internet connection. We will continue to make adjustments to bandwidth sharing, prioritization, and bandwidth limits to best serve the campus community. When these adjustments no longer provide adequate connection speeds for all our users, we will upgrade our Internet speeds. Typically we upgrade our Internet connection speed every 18-36 months.

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Do I need an Ethernet cable?

You are not required to have an Ethernet cable but we do recommend having one in order to connect to the ResNet wired network. 

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Can I setup my own router or wireless network on campus?

No, as this interferes with the student networks it is prohibited.  Repeated offenses will be escalated to Student Life.

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Is web content filtered?

Yes, Calvin uses a service called OpenDNS to help filter out inappropriate web content such as content that goes against the student handbook or the mission and values of Calvin College. Please see our page on web filtering for details on what is filtered and responsible use of the Internet at Calvin.

If you wish to have additional filtering on your personal computer, please contact the Broene Center to get set up with K9 Web Protection.

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What if something legitimate is being blocked, or something inappropriate is not blocked?

You may use this link to open a request to block or unblock a web site.  These requests are processed by Student Life. You can check the status of your case at any time.

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Should I bring my own printer?

Bringing your own printer is not prohibited, however most wireless printers available to consumers are not capable of the type of authentication required for the eduroam wireless network. CIT does not support setting up or troubleshooting personal wireless printers. If you need to bring your own desktop printer, you may also need to purchase a USB A to B cable so that it can connect directly to your computer.

Every student has a print budget that resets each semester. This budget allows students to print for free to uniFLOW printers around campus. If you use up your print budget, you may continue printing and the overages will automatically be charged to your Miscellaneous account. More information about student printing

CIT recommends using uniFLOW rather than purchasing a personal printer. Printers do take up space in your dorm room and you will have extra costs of supplying your own ink and paper.

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Can I print from my personal computer?

Yes! You can print to nearly every printer on campus from your own personal computer or from a Calvin lab computer using uniFLOW

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