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​Wireless Network Access

Information on how to connect to the wireless networks on campus using a variety of devices can be found here. Please use the links below to help find the correct network for your needs.

Most devices will be connecting via PC-WIFI. If you have a device, such as a game console or TV set top box (like an Apple TV), that does not support enterprise wireless networks, you can connect that device to PC-Devices.




PC-WIFI


PC-WIFI allows current faculty, staff, and students with valid network accounts to automatically configure their devices to work on the College's secure wireless network, PC-Secure. No manual configuration of your device is necessary. Simply connect to the PC-WIFI wireless network and follow the instructions that pop up. You may need to open a web browser to get the instructions to load.

You will need to enter your Providence College network username and password when prompted.

If you wish to preconfigure your devices prior to arrival on campus, you can use the following link:




PC-Devices


PC-Devices is a network for devices that do not support WPA Enterprise wireless networks, such as game consoles and set top boxes (Apple TV, Roku, etc.). This network is limited to internet access only. It cannot access any internal campus resources other than those that can be accessed off campus (such as email, Sakai, CyberFriar, and the college website).

If you wish for your device to have more access than this, which is not generally necessary to receive the full user experience from these devices, you should connect it via ethernet.

How to Connect to PC-Devices


  1. Connect your device to the PC-Devices wireless network.
  2. Look up the MAC address of your device (Find Your MAC Address).
  3. Call (401-865-4357) or email (helpdesk@providence.edu​) the Helpdesk and provide the device's MAC address, your network username, and the type of device being registered.
  4. After receiving confirmation that your device has been registered, restart it to be connected to the internet.



Guest Access


Conferences, events, and planned official visits by an individual that will last longer than 24 hours should email the Helpdesk at helpdesk@providence.edu at least 24 hours prior to arrival to have a temporary guest account created for wireless access via PC-WIFI. Please provide the name of the event, the staff/faculty sponsor of the event, and the start and end dates for when the guests will need wireless access.

Individual guests can use the PC-WIFI wireless network. Guest access via this network requires that you be sponsored by a user on campus, such as the professor who invited you to guest lecture during their class or the friend you're visiting on campus. Guest access via this method expires 24 hours from confirmation.

Sponsors will receive an email with a link to confirm or reject the requested access. You can follow that link and log in with your Providence College network username and password.




PC-Secure
 

Use these guides and follow the instructions to connect to PC-Secure (note: If you are a student, it is the same username and password you use to log into computers on campus or for Sakai. If you are a member of the faculty or staff, it is the same username and password you use to log into computers on campus, for Sakai, or for your email.)

  • Connect using Windows Vista:

Click here to download the PDF instructions

  • Connect using Windows 7:

Click here to download the PDF instructions


    1. Click on the Airport or WiFi icon in the menu bar.
    2. Click on PC-Secure.
    3. Enter your Providence College network username and password in the respective boxes.
    4. Click OK.
    5. On the warning about the Certificate, click Continue.
    6. You should now be connected to the internet.



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