Accessing the Bryn Mawr College Network: FAQs for College Alumnae and Visitors

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 11:47 am.

The Basics

Bryn Mawr College is happy to provide some network and computer access to College Alumnae and visitors, including visiting scholars, conference guests, and vendors.  Below are some questions that are frequently asked by visitors who are interested in accessing the Bryn Mawr College network. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Help Desk at 610-526-7440 or help@brynmawr.edu.

In order to qualify for wireless or network computer access, visitors must be at least 18 years old and have a valid photo I.D. (or be part of a pre-approved conference or camp)  By obtaining login credentials, all visitors are agreeing to the College’s Acceptable Use Policy (http://www.brynmawr.edu/computing/policies/AcceptableUse.htm). Any violation of the policy can result in an immediate termination of network access.

Wireless Access

  • How do Alumnae access the wireless network?
    All Bryn Mawr College alumnae can access eduroam, our secure network, by using their college email address and password. For instructions on connecting to eduroam, see http://techdocs.blogs.brynmawr.edu/3513. If you need to have your password reset, please contact the Help Desk at 610-526-7440 or help@brynmawr.edu.
  • How do College visitors access the wireless network?
    Currently, Bryn Mawr College has two wireless networks: our secure network, eduroam, and our unsecured Guest network.

    • Unsecured network:
      • In order to connect to the Guest network, general College visitors will need to obtain a wireless PIN code from the Help Desk. The Help Desk can be found on the 1st floor of Canaday Library or reached by calling 610-526-7440.
      • For limitations with using the Guest network, see http://techdocs.blogs.brynmawr.edu/3681.
      • For instructions on registering your device on the network, see http://techdocs.blogs.brynmawr.edu/1266.
  • Secure Network
    • Visitors from participating eduroam institutions can connect to eduroam at Bryn Mawr by using their home institution email address and password.
    • General College visitors can get access to eduroam by visiting the Help Desk on the first floor of Canaday Library and obtaining a Guest Account.
      • When you get to the Help Desk, you will need to show a valid photo I.D. with proof of your age and provide either a valid email address or phone number.
      • These accounts can also be used to log in to public lab computers and will be effective for 1 week.
      • Please note that these credentials will not grant you network access at other eduroam institutions, only at Bryn Mawr.
    • For instructions on connecting to the secure network, see http://techdocs.blogs.brynmawr.edu/3513.
  • How do summer camp and conference guests access the wireless network?
    All network access to summer camp and conference attendees is provided via Conferences and Events. Please speak to that office if you need to register your device or log in to a campus computer.
  • Can I use a personal wireless hotspot?
    The use personal wireless hotspots is not permitted anywhere on campus. Due to the limited number of radio channels provided by the FCC for wireless networking, personal hotspots interfere with and disrupt the campus’s already provided wireless service. To connect your personal device to the network, please contact the Help Desk.

Computer Access

  • Can College visitors use public computers?
    Bryn Mawr College offers two types of computers that may be used by College visitors: kiosks and lab machines. Please keep in mind that the primary purpose of our public lab computers is to provide computer access for members of the Bryn Mawr College community. At busy times of the year, there may be no available computers for visitors to use.A list of computer labs can be found here: http://www.brynmawr.edu/computing/support/ComputingLabs.htm.
    Please note that not all spaces will be available to the public during the same hours.

    • Kiosks
      Web-only kiosks can be found in a number of locations throughout campus. These kiosks do not require a username and password and can be used for basic internet access (e.g. checking web-based email, getting to social media sites, using Tripod, etc.).
    • Public Lab Machines
      In order to use other programs (e.g. Microsoft Office) or do more extended web browsing, College visitors will need to visit the Help Desk in Canaday Library to obtain a Guest Account. When you get to the Help Desk, you will need to show a valid photo I.D. with proof of your age and provide either a valid email address or phone number. These accounts can also be used to register for our secure wireless network and will be effective for 1 week.
  • Can College visitors print from College computers?
    Once they have received a Guest Account (see above for details), College visitors are able to print from any public lab computer to any public printer. Currently, there is no charge for printing, but we do ask that everyone prints responsibly.
  • How do summer camp and conference guests login to public computers?
    All computer logins for summer camp and conference attendees is provided via Conferences and Events. Please speak to that office if you need to register your device or log in to a campus computer.

Additional Resources

Acceptable Use Policy

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