eduroam wireless access

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 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 institution.

Amherst Secure Wi-Fi

Amherst Secure Wi-Fi is a wireless network that requires an Amherst account in order to connect. Note that an Amherst user will get the same features and performance on the Eduroam network as on Amherst Secure.

Campus visitors should use the regular Amherst Wi-Fi network or the Eduroam network (if they come from a member institution).

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.

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.

Connect to eduroam

How to connect to the eduroam wireless network with Windows, Mac, or iOS devices.

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

Note to visitors to Amherst College: If you want to connect to eduroam at Amherst, you must have already connected to it at your home institution.

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 netreg.amherst.edu
  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.