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Connect to the Internet

This section describes the three ways to connect your various devices to the internet and CC network.  For specific instructions connecting with those devices, check out the subcategories of this section in the navigation bar on the left.

  • Tigernet2 - secure wireless network intended for employees and students.
  • Ethernet - fastest and most reliable - recommended for use in offices / dorm rooms.
  • CCGuest - open wireless network with limitations intended for guests.

Tigernet2

Tigernet2 is the primary wireless network for the Colorado College community.  If you have a CC email account, this is the wireless network to which you should connect.

Tigernet2 uses AES encryption, and connections are via the WPA2 Enterprise protocol using PEAP authentication (which is a fancy way of saying it needs both a username and password).  If your device does not support these protocols, you will not be able to connect to tigernet2 with them (most game consoles, for example, do not support these protocols).

  1. After pointing your device to tigernet2, it will either automatically detect the network type and prompt you for both username and password (which refers to your CC network account - the same username and password you use for email), or you may have to do some configuration.
  2. Once it has accepted your username and password, you will then need to accept a security certificate (in some cases this happens automatically)
  3. After accepting, you will be connected to the wireless network, but will not yet be able to access the internet - instead, you should be redirected to a registration page.  The registration process checks your device to ensure it meets requirements to be on the full network (in the case of computers, this means antivirus protection and critical updates).  

After registering, you should be all set!


Ethernet

We know wireless is exciting, but even as technology improves, a good old fashioned wired ethernet connection is still faster and more reliable than wireless.  We recommend you connect via ethernet whenever possible (usually in your office or dorm room) and leave wireless for when you roam around away from home base.

There is no configuration needed for ethernet - once you plug in, you will be connected to the network.  Like Tigernet2 though, you won't immediately be on the internet.  Instead, you should be redirected to a registration page.  The registration process checks your device to ensure it meets requirements to be on the full network (in the case of computers, this means antivirus protection and critical updates).

After registering, you should be all set!


CCGuest

The CCGuest network is an open wireless connection which does not require a password.  It is designed specifically for visitors to campus such as parents, alumni, local colorado springs community members, summer conference guests, etc., who do not have a CC network account.

It is also only designed to support basic web browsing (looking up a flight itinerary, checking email, reading the news, social media) and as such has only a small amount of bandwidth* and a few important limitations.  Specifically, while connected to CCGuest, you cannot:

  • Check your CC email (other email providers should work fine - if you have a CC email, you should not be using the guest network).
  • Utilize a VPN connection into a secure network
  • Connect to CC networked devices such as printers
Because CCGuest is an open network, we also advise you not to do any activity you wouldn't do in an open wireless network in a coffee shop (such as online banking).
*Note that the bandwidth for CCGuest is adjusted to be small during the academic year, and much higher in the summer when there are far more guests on campus.