How to connect to the Bowdoin wireless network

Question or Issue:

How do I connect to the wireless network on campus?


There are four active wireless networks at Bowdoin:

  • BOWDOIN - Use this network if you are a current student, faculty or staff member at Bowdoin. This network provides access to ALL Bowdoin services.
  • eduroam - This network can also be used for all current faculty, staff or students. This provides access to all Bowdoin services, but can also be used at any institution registered within the eduroam network.
  • BOWDOIN-GUEST - Use this network if you are a guest of the College but do not have a Bowdoin username. You will need to enter your name and email address. Services such as printing and access to some network files are not availalble on this wireless network.
  • BOWDOIN-LEGACY - Use this network if your device does not support WPA2 Enterprise authentication (i.e., Wii, Xbox, Amazon Kindle (except Kindle Fire & newer), Sony eReaders, Android devices Running Android OS 3 and below, AppleTV, Playstation, etc.). To use this network you may request access by using the form located in the Service Catalog. If you need additional assistance, please contact Student Technical Services (x5050) or email


Apple MacOS 10.10 and Newer

Windows 10

Chrome OS

Ubuntu (or other Linux Distribution) and Android

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

Apple MacOS 10.10 and Newer

1. Click on the Airport icon by the system clock on the Macintosh desktop.

2. Choose BOWDOIN and enter your username and password.

3. A Verify Certificate window will open the first time you connect.  Click Continue to accept the certificate.  It may take up to 30 seconds to get an ip address. 

Windows 10

1. Make sure Windows is managing your wireless connections.

2. Click on the Wireless Icon in the taskbar located near the system clock.

3. Choose BOWDOIN from the list of available wireless networks.

4. Enter your user name and password.

5.  Accept the certificate if prompted.

Chrome OS

1.  Navigate to Settings-->Internet

2.  Click on the "Options" button next to Bowdoin (do NOT click "Connect")

3.  Then in the window that comes up click "Connect".

4.  You will see the following screen:

5.  Choose "PEAP" for the 'EAP method', 'Phase 2 Auth' = automatic, 'Server CA certificate' = "Do Not Check"

6.  Then enter your Bowdoin username in the 'Identity' field and then your Bowdoin password in the 'Password' field. Leave the 'Anonymous identity' field empty.

7.  Click "Connect" and wait a moment and you should get a window that says "connected".

Ubuntu (or other Linux Distribution) & Android

1.  Click on the wireless symbol up in the notification bar and choose the Bowdoin wireless network to connect to

2.  You should get the following window:

3.  Change all the settings to the ones above:

Wireless Security = WPA & WPA2 Enterprise

Authentication = Protected EAP (PEAP)

Leave Anonymous Identity empty

CA Certificate = Do not validate

PEAP Version = automatic

Inner Authentication = MSCHAPV2

Username = your Bowdoin username

password = your bowdoin password.

4. Click "connect".  You will get the following window:

5.  For the above window, check the box for "Don't warn me again" and click "Ignore"

6.  You should then get a window that pops up and says "connected"

7.  You should be able to get to the Bowdoin homepage:

iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

1. Select the Settings icon.

2. Select Wi-Fi and make sure Wi-Fi is turned on.

3. Under Choose Network... choose the wireless network.

4. Enter your Bowdoin Username and Password and tap Join.

5. When asked, tap the Accept the security certificate.


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