Connecting 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. Emeriti faculty and staff can continue to connect to the Bowdoin network; access to services will reflect your new status with the college.
  • 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-PSK - 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 will need to register your device and obtain a per-device password (see article under the "Related Articles" section). If you need additional assistance, please contact the Service Desk (x3030) or email


Apple MacOS 10.15.7 and Newer
Windows 10
Chrome OS
Ubuntu & Android devices
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

Apple MacOS 10.15.7 and newer

1. Click on the Wireless symbol in the upper right corner
2. Choose BOWDOIN
Enter your Bowdoin username and Bowdoin password.
4. Click Join
3. A Verify Certificate window will open the first time you connect.  Click Continue to accept the certificate.

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 & Android devices

1.  Click on the wireless symbol up in the notification bar and choose Bowdoin.  If already saved, then Tap and HOLD on Bowdoin and choose "Forget this Network"

2. Set the following settings: 
          EAP SettingsPEAP
          Phase 2 authentication = MSCHAPV2
          CA Certificate = Try each method as this can change due to status of security update on the device:

  • "Trust on first use" -Android 13, CA Certificate= "Trust on first Use", THEN "Trust" in next window- used on Pixel devices)
  • "Use system certificate" - Android 13,  CA Certificate= "Use system certificate", (may need to also choose Advanced settings and switch to "use device MAC" instead of random)
  • May also choose "no certificate" if an available choice

3. Select connect

          DOMAIN = bowdoincollege (for Android 11 and above use DOMAIN=, if asked for)
          Identity = Bowdoin username
          Leave Anonymous Identity empty
          Password = Bowdoin password

iPhone and iPad

1. Select the Settings icon.
2. Select Wi-Fi
3. Under Networks choose Bowdoin
4. Enter your Bowdoin Username and Bowdoin password and tap Join.
5. Next, select Trust to Accept the security certificate.


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