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. 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.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Five College Students
Others
Features and Benefits: 

The NetReg service associates your computer's network adapter, physical network address (MAC address) and your Amherst username. If IT detects that your computer is infected with a virus or is disrupting the network, we will know whom to contact.

Getting Started: 

First, connect to the Amherst Ethernet or wireless network, then launch a web browser. If your computer is not registered, you will be redirected automatically to the NetReg page. If you don't redirect automatically, you can go to the NetReg page by entering netreg.amherst.edu into your browser's address bar.

Computers and other devices must NetReg when they first connect to the Amherst network. In addition, IT clears out the NetReg database before the start of each academic year, which means you have to re-register your devices on an annual basis.

Amherst Wi-Fi

The Amherst Wi-Fi wireless network lets members of the Amherst College community as well as guests access Amherst network resources and the Internet wirelessly.

People with Amherst accounts are strongly encouraged to use the Amherst Secure or Eduroam wireless networks, as they provide better security.

If you have an ethernet connection near your computer, especially if it’s a desktop, you should instead consider using it, as it will be faster than Wi-Fi.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Alumni
Five College Students
Applicants
Others
Features and Benefits: 

Lets anyone connect to the Amherst College network.

Requirements: 

The Amherst Wi-Fi network requires registration, but an Amherst account is not required. 

If you do not or cannot register, then as a “guest” you will be restricted as to what you can do on the network, in particular you will only be able to browse the World-Wide Web and access an IMAP-based email system.

Getting Started: 

Find your computer’s list of available wireless networks, and select Amherst. Then load a new page with your web browser, and if your wireless network adapter isn't already registered on the Amherst network, you'll be redirected to the Network Registration page.

If you do not see your home page and are not automatically redirected to the NetReg page, enter its address directly into your web browser: http://netreg.amherst.edu.