Connect to AmherstGuest

AmherstGuest serves two purposes: To provide WiFi services to campus visitors and to provide network connectivity for devices that can't connect to eduroam. This latter groups includes the Rokus, Chromecasts, Playstations, smart TVs, Echos, and many other devices owned by Amherst students, faculty, and staff.

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.

How to connect to the AmherstGuest wireless network at Amherst College

The AmherstGuest 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, personal assistants such as from Amazon and Google, and other wi-fi capable devices that can't connect to eduroam. However, such devices must first be enrolled to use the Amherst College wi-fi network.

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


How to Connect to the eduroam wireless network at Amherst College

Amherst College users, if you want to use eduroam at other institutions, you must first connect to eduroam at Amherst.

Visitors to Amherst College from other eduroam institutions, you must have connected to eduroam at least once at your home institution to be able then to use it at Amherst College.


Connecting Wired Devices That Don't Have Web Browsers

How to network register wired devices such as game consoles that don't have web browsers.

This information applies to wired (Ethernet) devices connecting to the old Amherst network. If your building has already moved to the new network, follow the directions for connecting to the new Amherst network.

Register your computer, phone or mobile devices to use the Amherst wired or wireless network

  1. After connecting to the network using either wired (Ethernet) or wireless (Wi-Fi), open a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Chrome. Your browser should redirect automatically to the Network Registration page. If it does not, navigate directly to the web address
  2. Follow the directions on the Network Registration page.
  3. Clear your browser cache and close the web browser. 
    If you registered a wireless (Wi-Fi) connection, you do not need to restart, open a web browser and you should find you have Internet access.
    If you registered a wired Ethernet connection, you must restart your computer to complete the process.
  4. Once you clear the cache or restart the computer you should find you have Internet access.
  5. Any difficulties with Network Registration, please call or email the Help Desk.

Note: The network registration process must be completed for each type of network connection for each device, so both wired and wirless if you wish to use both. Plug the device in with an Ethernet cable to register the wired connection then unplug the cable and using wireless or Wi-Fi register the wireless connection.