Network & Wi-Fi

VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection allows you to access the Amherst network, and the resources on it, as if you were on campus. For example, if you are working at home but want to access your department's I: Drive on the Amherst network, you can use VPN to do so. 

IMPORTANT: As of January 3, 2020 the Network Registration (Netreg) service has moved to a depricated state. Netreg is no longer required for wireless devices to connect to the Amherst network and will soon be unnecessary for wired ones. 

Netreg has been replaced by Clearpass as the system that controls access to the Amherst network. See the following about connecting devices to the new Amherst network:

Connect your computer, phone, or tablet to the eduroam WiFi network.

Connect your game console, Smart TV, or other device to the AmherstGuest WiFi network.

Connect your computer or other device to the Ethernet (wired) network.



Network registration or NetReg is required for the network adapters of electronic devices that connect to the College's Ethernet and wireless networks. Device adapters that must be registered include desktop and laptop computers; game consoles; TV/video devices such as Apple TV, Roku, and DVRs; and wireless (Wi-Fi) mobile devices such as iPads, Kindles and Nooks. Also, you'll need to register your smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc.) if while on campus you use Wi-Fi in addition to--or instead of--your phone's data connection.

Note:
One exception to the NetReg requirement is for computers that connect via wired Ethernet connection using ports that are behind the Amherst Firewall. Typically, those working in departments such as the Health Center, Comptroller, Dean of Faculty, President's Office, Chief Financial Officer's Office, Title IX, and some Dean of Students staff will fall into this category. Any questions about whether you are required to NetReg please contact the Help Desk.

Internet Access

The College maintains a 2 gbps (2,000 mbps) shared connection to the Internet, and a 10 gbps connection to the other Five Colleges. Any individual computer connected to the College network has up to 1 gbps access to the Internet.

eduroam WiFi

Eduroam is a worldwide wireless service that gives members of participating institutions transparent access to one another's wireless networks. Each participating institution maintains a WiFi network named eduroam. After you initially connect to eduroam at your home institution, then you can then access the eduroam network at any participating institution.

AmherstGuest WiFi

The AmherstGuest WiFi wireless network lets guests on the Amherst College campus access Amherst network resources and the Internet. AmherstGuest is also the network Amherst College community members will use with devices such as game consoles, streaming devices, smart TVs, etc. that can't connect to eduroam. However, such devices must first be enrolled. 

Members of the Amherst College community must connect to the eduroam Wifi network from their computers, phones, and tablets.

 

Ethernet

IT provides Ethernet (wired) networking to just about all locations on campus, using standard RJ45 cables.

BitTorrent Access

BitTorrent is a protocol for the practice of peer-to-peer file sharing. This protocol allows sharing or distributing large amounts of data via the Internet.

To send or receive files, you will need a BitTorrent client, an application that implements the BitTorrent protocol.

To protect the Amherst College network and data, we will allow BitTorrent use only for academic reasons for Amherst College students, faculty and staff. You must complete a form to request to opt in to using BitTorrent on-campus and state your academic reasons for needing BitTorrent access. A link to the request form is below under Getting Started. Amherst College IT will disable BitTorrent use as needed to proctect the network and will notify those affected.

 

Firewall Network

To provide an extra layer of security for critical College applications, the servers that house Ellucian Colleague and the computers that access it are separated from the general College network by a firewall.