IT Services

Network & Wi-Fi

Amherst (Guest WiFi)

Amherst WiFi lets both guests and members of the Amherst College community access the Amherst network without having to supply login credentials, however, people with Amherst accounts are strongly encouraged to use the Amherst Secure or Eduroam wireless networks.

Amherst Secure (WiFi)

Amherst Secure is a wireless network that requires an Amherst login in order to connect. Note that an Amherst user will get the same features and performance on the eduroam network as on Amherst Secure.

eduroam wireless access

Eduroam is a worldwide wireless access service that allows students, faculty, and staff of participating institutions transparent access to one another's wireless networks. Each participating institution maintains a Wi-Fi network named eduroam. After you initially connect to eduroam at your home institution, then you can then access the eduroam network at any participating institutions.


IT provides Ethernet (wired) networking to just about all locations on campus, using standard RJ-45 jacks. 

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.

Internet Access

The College maintains a 600 mbps connection to the Internet, and a 1 gbps connection to the other Five Colleges. Any computer connected to the College network has access to the Internet.

Network Registration (NetReg)

Network registration or NetReg is required for the network adapters of electronic devices that connect to the College's Ethernet and wireless networks.


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 personal network storage on the Amherst userfiles network share (a.k.a. the U: drive), first connect to Amherst VPN then when connected, you can access your U: drive. Similarly, if you are at home but need to access library databases, first connect to Amherst VPN, then you can log in and use library resources.

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