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Smith provides wireless access points in most locations across campus, including the Libraries, Science Center, Campus Center, and most other academic and administrative buildings. Wireless service is also available in most rooms in Smith residence houses. Our goal is to provide wireless access coverage wherever it is needed across campus.

STUDENTS: Please note that the ITS wireless network policy prohibits the use of personal access points on the Smith network, so you may not install a wireless access point in your room. Violations of this policy may result in loss of your network privileges.

Available networks
Connection requirements for Smith, non-Smith, and Five College users

How to connect to Smith wireless networks

Available Networks

Smith provides the following wireless networks (also called Service Set Identifiers or SSIDs):

SmithSecure Secure (encrypted) password-protected connection. Recommended for use by all Smith students, faculty, and staff.
Eduroam Secure (encrypted) password-protected connection designed for students, faculty, and staff who travel to other campuses. Learn more

Limited access, open (unencrypted) connection available to guests of the Smith community for temporary use

Offers limited bandwidth and access to no Smith resources except Smith's primary web servers

Smith students, faculty, and staff should not use SmithGuest except for short term Internet access while resolving connection problems with SmithSecure

Security Alert: It is important to connect only to Smith network SSIDs. Otherwise, your computer, your information, and all your communications are vulnerable to possible exposure and exploitation. In addition, members of the Smith community should always use SmithSecure to safeguard their data.

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Connection Requirements

To connect to Smith's wireless network, you must have a computer or device capable of connecting to a standard (802.11 b/g/n) wireless network.

To connect to SmithSecure, you must have a
valid username and password, as follows:
  • Smith students, faculty, and staff: Use your Smith network username and password.

  • Auditors and high school students with an active Smith Moodle account: Use your Smith Moodle username and password.

  • Mount Holyoke & Hampshire users: Use your home college email address and password to access Smith's wireless network. Hampshire users, be sure to use your real Hampshire email address, not an alias.

UMass & Amherst users can log in to the eduroam secure wireless network. Note that you must first connect to eduroam at least once on your home campus. Learn more

For complete access instructions, see How to Connect to the Wireless Network below.

Limited-access Smith network accounts may also be requested by Northampton High School students and auditors enrolled in a class at Smith, and by non-Smith faculty and staff involved in teaching or research at Smith.

  • Northampton High School students and auditors: Bring a letter or other documentation that confirms your enrollment in a Smith course to the User Support Center in Stoddard 23. You may complete the non-Smith account application form in advance or at the USC.

  • Non-Smith faculty and staff: Complete the non-Smith account application form, including the required sponsor signature, and bring it plus your college or university ID card to the User Support Center in Stoddard 23.

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How to Connect to the Wireless Network

When you connect any wireless device to the Smith wireless network, in most locations you will see the three wireless networks listed below.

Network Connection Instructions


Reserved for users with a valid network account at one of the Five Colleges

On the initial connection screen, enter the shared password: sophiasmith
(one word, all lower case)

If prompted for an encryption method, choose WPA2 Personal.

Open a browser window. If a Network Registration page appears:

- Smith users: Enter your Smith network username and password.
- UMass users: Enter your UMass Net ID and password.
- Other 5 College users: Enter your college email address and password.
- Read the Acceptable Network Usage policy.
- Click the I Accept button.
- Follow the instructions to complete the network registration process.

If the Network Registration page does NOT appear and your device has never been registered on the Smith network, you will be unable to use your browser.

To solve this problem, switch to the SmithGuest network and follow the instructions below, then return to SmithSecure and start over.

Eduroam Learn more

On the login page, enter your preferred email address.

If you have trouble getting started,
follow the steps below for your computer's operating system:

Windows 7

  1. Go to Start/ Control Panel / Network and Sharing Center.

  2. Click on Connect to a network.

  3. When a menu of available networks pops up from your tool tray, choose your preferred network.

Mac OS

  1. Click on the AirPort icon in your menu bar.

  2. Make sure AirPort is turned On.

  3. If AirPort does not automatically connect to a network, choose your preferred network.

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