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Wireless Access at Calvin: Guest

Calvin College offers free guest wireless access.  Wireless access is available for most of the campus, including common spaces such as cafes, study areas, living rooms in the apartments, and atriums.  Guest wireless registration is good for 7 days. If you are on campus for an extended period, you will need to periodically re-register.

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Guest Wireless Setup - Computer

  1. Click on your wireless icon and in your list of available wireless networks, look for "Guest" and connect to it. Mac: PC:
  2. If an Internet browser does not automatically open, open a new browser window (IE, Chrome, FireFox, Safari, etc).
  3. The browser should redirect you to a Guest Registration page:Guest page screen shot
  4. On this page you need to confirm that you have read the Acceptable Use Policy, fill in the required contact information, and choose between three methods of registration:
    • Text message
    • E-mail
    • Calvin sponsor
  5. Follow the instructions on the page depending on which registration method you have chosen.

Note: Guest wireless registration is good for 7 days at a time. If you are on campus for an extended period, you will need to re-register.

Guest Wireless Setup - Mobile

  1. In your devices Settings, browse to the Wireless/Wi-Fi settings.
  2. In the list of available networks, connect to “Guest”.
  3. Once connected, open an Internet browser.
  4. It should load a Guest Registration page (pictured above in step 3).
  5. On this page you need to confirm that you have read the Acceptable Use Policy, fill in some required contact information, and choose between three methods of registration:
    • Text message
    • Email
    • Calvin sponsor
  6. Follow the instructions on the page depending on which registration method you have chosen.


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
Location
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
Atriums
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
Atrium
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
Pool
Surge Building (LN) All
Van Noord (VN) Van Noord Arena (arena and hospitality suite only)
VN227
VN235
Venema Aquatic Center (VA) Pool area
Youngsma Center (YC) All
   
On-Campus Residence
Location
Residence Halls
BV, BB, BHT, KHvR, NVW, RVD, SE
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)

 

Troubleshooting

  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 at the URL below (see Wireless Availability). 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. Is your wireless adapter set to automatically obtain an IP address via DHCP? Your wireless adapter must be set to automatically obtain an IP address and DNS address in order to use Calvin’s network. If you have manually entered an IP address and/or DNS address you will need to change this setting.
  4. Are you connecting to “Guest” and not one of the other Calvin networks? Verify that your computer or device is currently connected to the "Guest" network and no other Calvin networks. Disconnect from/forget any other network such as “eduroam” or “wireless_setup_instructions”. Other Calvin networks require additional setup and login credentials only available to current students, faculty, and staff.
  5. Have you tried another browser? If you are connected to Guest, but the registration web page is not loading or you cannot browse the Internet, try a different web browser or clear your browser's cache and cookies.
  6. Have you verified that you have completed the registration? If you are connected to Guest but aren't able to use applications that require a wireless connection, open your web browser first and verify that you have registered for Guest access (you are not being redirected to the page pictured previously and are able to browse the Internet) before attempting to use any other applications that require Internet access.

Additional Support

If you have gone through the troubleshooting steps above and need additional support connecting to the guest network at Calvin, please contact your event host/sponsor. The event host or sponsor will contact IT support on your behalf and arrange for more technical support or training, or may accompany you to the IT department.