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Wireless Access at Calvin

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About wireless at Calvin

What is "eduroam"?



"eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.

eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop."

Where can you eduroam?
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Read eduroam FAQ


Why eduroam?

Calvin has chosen to participate in the eduroam community for several reasons:

  • Calvin students, faculty, and staff are able to automatically connect to secure wireless networks at other participating colleges, universities, and research institutions world-wide.
  • If a Calvin student, faculty, or staff member has a problem using eduroam at another location, Calvin's HelpDesk will be able to provide support.
  • Eduroam offers a secure, encrypted connection and is based on the most secure encryption and authentication (login) standards in place today and uses the same level of security and the network infrastructure that Calvin already had in place.
  • Visiting students, faculty, and staff from other eduroam institutions (including the Calvin Seminary) can use Calvin's wireless network just as they would at their home institution.

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Available Wireless Networks

Calvin provides different ways to connect to Calvin's wireless network depending on your relationship to Calvin.

The eduroam wireless network is available for all Calvin faculty, staff, and teaching emeriti as well as currently enrolled Calvin students, dual-enrolled students, and admitted students who have paid their deposit. These networks require a Calvin account and passphrase and are not available for guest/visitor use. Any current Calvin student, faculty, or staff should use the eduroam network (not Guest).

The Guest network is available for all visitors and guests. This network requires registration every 7 days. More information and connection instructions for guests

If you are unsure which network is available to you, please use the table below.

Wireless Access
Full-time faculty eduroam authenticated
Part-time faculty eduroam authenticated
Visiting faculty eduroam authenticated
Visiting scholars eduroam authenticated
Teaching emeriti eduroam authenticated
Emeriti Guest open
Full-time staff eduroam authenticated
Part-time staff eduroam authenticated
Temporary staff eduroam authenticated
Contract employee eduroam authenticated
Retiree Guest open
Student eduroam authenticated
Admitted applicant Guest open
Deposited applicant eduroam authenticated
Students on Hiatus eduroam authenticated
Graduates eduroam authenticated
Ex-students eduroam authenticated
Dual-enrolled students eduroam authenticated
Board of trustees eduroam authenticated
Guest/parent/visitor Guest open
Guests from other universities with eduroam eduroam authenticated
Calvin Seminary eduroam authenticated

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Supported Devices and Operating Systems

The CIT HelpDesk provides support for wireless connectivity for supported versions of Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OSX computers as well as a wide range of mobile devices. Other types of computers and devices may be able to work on Calvin's wireless but may not be supported by CIT (Linux/Unix computers for example).

Devices must be capable of 802.11x enterprise authentication and wireless G or N connections in order to work on eduroam.

For connection instructions, please click the link below that matches your computer or device.

If you are having difficulty connecting your device to eduroam, please stop by the HelpDesk (basement of the Hekman Library) during normal business hours Mon-Fri 8:00AM - 5:00PM for assistance. Since there is such a large range of devices we support, we ask that you stop by in person with your computer or device rather than requesting assitance over the phone.

We are not able to support connecting personal desktop printers to the wireless network. Many wireless printers do not have the configuration options for our network security. Students can print from their personal computers to campus printers using uniFLOW and Google Cloud Print. Most personal desktop printers can be connected directly to the computer with a USB "A to B" type cable.

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Wireless Locations

Wireless is available at all locations listed in the table below. Please note that coverage is not campus-wide and connectivity is only guaranteed at the specific locations listed below.

Academic/Administrative Buildings
Chapel (CP) All, including outdoor plaza
Commons Annex (CA) Basement level - Commons Lecture Hall (CA014)
1st floor -lobby area
2nd floor - meeting rooms
Commons (CM) Johnny's Cafe
Dinning hall eating area
Covenant Fine Arts Center (CF) Auditoriums
Center Art Gallery
Recital Hall (CF107)
2nd floor classrooms
DeVos Communications Center (DC) 1st floor (200 level)
2nd floor (300 level)
DeVries Hall (DH) Basement level - WMRL
1st floor - all classroom/lab areas
2nd floor - all classroom/lab areas
3rd floor - all classroom/lab areas
Ecosystem Preserve Interpretive Center (EI) All
Engineering Building (EB) All
Hekman Library (HL) 1st floor - ITC
2nd floor - all
3rd floor - library area and Library Lobby (fireplace)
Meeter Center Lecture Hall (HL320)
4th floor - library area only (not Meeter Center)
Hiemenga Hall (HH) 3rd floor - classrooms
4th floor - classrooms
Hoogenboom Center (HC) Heath Services
Hoogenboom gym
Knollcrest Dining Hall (KD) Dining area only
Mail and Print Services (MP) All
North Hall (NH) All classrooms
Physical Plant (SR) Office areas
Prince Conference Center (PC) All
Raybrook Building (RB) Parts of 1st and 2nd floor
Science Building (SB) All classrooms and labs
Seminary (SM) Common areas
Spoelhof Center (SC) Basement level - lab theater and Gezon Auditorium
1st floor - atrium, coffee shop, classrooms
3rd floor - Broene Center, Student Life, President's Office area, Academic Services, classrooms
Spoelhof Fieldhouse (SF) Lobby
Surge Building (LN) All
Van Noord (VN) Van Noord Arena (arena and hospitality suite only)
Venema Aquatic Center (VA) Pool area
Youngsma Center (YC) All
On-Campus Residence
Residence Halls
All common areas (lobby, labs, living rooms)
Courtyard apartments
Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, Kappa
All common areas (lobby, labs, living rooms)
Other apartments
PhiChi, ThetaEpsilon, RhoTao, ZetaLambda
All common areas (lobby, labs, living rooms)

Note for students: At peak times, the wireless networks may experience slowness or disrupted connections. If you experience slowness or disruption, CIT recommends using the ResNet wired network. Each dorm room or apartment has ResNet connections available. If you are using a stationary device - such as a game system, Netflix-streaming device, or desktop computer - please connect the device using the ResNet wired network rather than wireless. This will give the stationary device a better connection and help accommodate mobile devices on wireless connections.

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If you are experiencing problems connecting to wireless, you may stop by the HelpDesk with your computer during business hours (8AM - 5PM Mon-Fri).

For your convenience, the following troubleshooting steps may resolve the issue:

  1. Is your wireless card turned on?
    Many laptops have a physical wireless switch on either side or the front. These switches can be easily bumped into the "off" position. Other laptops have a wireless "hot button" on or above the keyboard, or allow wireless to be switched on/off by holding down the Fn key (usually in the bottom left area of the keyboard) and pressing the corresponding function key along the top.
  2. Are you in an area that has wireless coverage?
    We cannot guarantee connection outside of the areas listed above. Occasionally, an unreliable connection will be possible outside of these areas due to what is known as wireless bleed but these connections are not guaranteed.
  3. If you are attempting to connect to eduroam, have you successfully configured the network on your computer?
    For security reasons, connecting to these networks is not as simple as selecting the network and clicking Connect. There is a bit of setup involved that can be done manually or by connecting to the wireles_setup_instructions network, loading an Internet browser, and following the instructions. The XpressConnect application will automatically configure the wireless network on your computer.
  4. If you are connected to eduroam but have a 10.3.x.x IP address
    This means you have connected to the network, but the computer has not completed registration. If you believe you have successfully completed the registration, please reboot your computer. This will release and renew the IP address and place your computer on the correct network.
  5. If you are unable to connect and have received a notice regarding an Acceptable Use Policy or DMCA violation
    Please contact Student Life.

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