Network & Wi-Fi


VPN (virtual private networking) lets you access resources on the Amherst network from off-campus that normally are blocked from such access.

The college has several VPN services designed to provide access to different systems and services on the college network. Most users will use GlobalProtect VPN to access services such as network shares (I: and U: drives) and Colleague from off-campus.

A subset of users will use specialized VPN services to access services such as card services (VPN CBoard), HVAC services (VPN HVAC), and the digital phone system (VPN VOIP). If you require access to these specialized VPN systems pleace contact AskIT.

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Netreg has been replaced by Clearpass as the system that controls access to the Amherst network.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.


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.



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.