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Wireless Network Access
Posted by Joseph Meslovich on 26 May 2016 09:55 AM

Campus Wireless Networks

Bridgewater College provides wireless access to students, faculty, staff for use on their personal devices using two different wireless networks.  Those networks are BCSecureWiFi and BCWiFi. If you have a personal laptop, tablet, or smartphone please use the wireless network named BCSecureWiFi.  This is an encrypted network that is designed to protect the wireless communications between your device and other network resources from eavesdropping.  This network uses an authentication protocol called 802.1X.  Only devices with 802.1X capability will be able to connect to this network.  This capability exists in modern versions of Windows and OSX, and is also present in iOS and Android.  Gaming consoles, Smart TVs, and streaming devices do not support the 802.1X protocol.  To connect those devices to the campus WiFi please use the unencrypted BCWiFi network.

BCSecureWiFi - Wireless network for laptops, tablets, and smartphones

The exact steps for connecting to BCSecureWiFi will vary depending on the operating system of your device.  Most current generation devices will prompt for a username and password when you attempt to connect to BCSecureWiFi.  Android refers to username as identity. You may be prompted to accept a certificate for clearpass.bridgewater.edu.  Please accept that certificate if prompted.  Below are some shots of what you would expect to see connecting with a Windows 10 laptop.

  • Enter your Bridgewater username and password.
  • Choose Connect

When configuring devices other than Windows 10 here are the key pieces of information you may be prompted to provide:

  • Security Method: 802.1X EAP
  • EAP Method: PEAP
  • Phase 2 or Inner Method: MSCHAPv2
  • Your username or Identity
  • Your password

 

NOTE: When you change your Bridgewater password you will also need to update the password in your wireless settings or you will not be able to connect.

BCWiFi - Wireless network for gaming consoles, smart TVs, and streaming devices

BCWiFi is an unencrypted wireless network designed for devices that are not able to connect to the protected BCSecureWiFi network.  Before configuring your device to connect to BCWiFi please search through the settings and find the wireless MAC address of the device.  On some devices it may be referred to as a WiFi address.  A MAC address is a hexadecimal number that uniquely identifies the wireless chip in your device.  Different vendors display the information in slightly different formats below are some common formats:

  • Colon separated - 01:23:45:67:89:ab
  • Dot separated - 0123.4567.89ab
  • Hyphen separated - 01-23-45-67-89-ab
  • No delimiter - 0123456789ab

Please be aware that since this is a hexadecimal number the only valid characters are the digits 0 through 9 and letters a through f.

Once you have the wireless MAC address please visit the following webpage from another device already on the campus network:

ClearPass Device Registration
  • Login to that webpage with your Bridgewater username and password. 
  • Choose Create Device from the options listed.
  • Fill out the form and click Create Device when you are done

You can now configure your device to connect to the wireless network named BCWiFi.

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