All you need is a laptop equipped with a WPA2 compatible wireless Ethernet card to access the Albion College network from a variety of wireless locations on campus. All wireless access requires network authentication. This involves entering your network (not Google) username and password. Students will also need to authenticate to the network using Cisco Clean Access (CCA).
There are three wireless networks available on campus, using the following SSIDs:
Albion - WPA2 encrypted network (most users should use this network)
AlbionDevices - This network is for gaming systems and other non-browser systems
Supported Wireless Cards
Albion's wireless network supports a minimum of the 802.11b and 802.11g protocols. We strongly recommend using a wireless card that is at least 802.11g compatible, as this provides a much faster connection (up to 54Mpbs) than 802.11b. In some areas of campus we support the even faster (up to 300Mbps) 802.11n as well, but this standard has not been deployed campus-wide at this time.
The Albion WPA2 wireless network will allow you to connect to the network in a secure fashion and provide the same access as a wired port. This wireless network is secured by utilizing the WPA2 Enterprise specification. This requires your wireless network adapter to support this standard. Check the user manual that came with your system to ensure your wireless card is WPA2 compatible. To set up wireless networking on your laptop, select your OS from the list below for detailed instructions:
Windows 7 and 8
Windows XP - Support ends June 30, 2014
Mac OS X
Non-Browser Devices (game consoles, smartphones, etc)
The AlbionDevices network provides wireless access for devices that do not have a web browser, or otherwise need an always on connection without requiring the user to continue to provide access credentials.
One can self-register most devices by following the instructions at http://www.albion.edu/it/gamedevices.
If you cannot self-register your device, then access to this network requires users to bring their device to the help desk, room G16 in Ferguson Hall. The help desk is open Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm.
If you require assistance, please
Wireless Networking for Mac OS X
Click the AirPort icon at the top of your screen.
Select the "Albion" network from the AirPort network list that appears.
After selecting the Albion network, you will be prompted for credentials as shown below. Enter your network username and password, leaving 802.1x set to Automatic and leaving the "Remember this network" option checked.
At this point, you should be connected to the Albion wireless network.
If you require assistance, please
Reserving IT Equipment
Information Technology has sign-out equipment that can be reserved by faculty and staff. Students may also sign out equipment for academic purposes, however they will need a student authorization form.
To reserve signout equipment please fill out the online signout form at least 24 hours in advance. A staff member will respond to your request via e-mail to verify availability of the equipment.
Signout Equipment Here
A wide range of signout equipment is available:
Most often requested:
- Digital Cameras
- Laptops (PC or Mac) (wireless)
- Projection Screens (60" and 100" diagonal)
- Video Cameras (including HD, hard drive, Flip)
Miscellaneous items that are also available:
- AC Travel Adapters
- Card Readers
- CD Writer
- DVD Player
- External Hard Drive
- Floppy Disk Drive
- GPS unit
- Headsets with microphones
- Jump Drive
- Laptop Case (includes 4 laptops and accessories)
- Media Case (includes either a laptop and projector or a DVD player and projector)
- Portable Printer
- USB extension
- Voice recorders
- Web Cams
- Wireless Microphones for video cameras
External Hard Drives are also available at the Stockwell-Mudd Library.
As a part of Albion College's commitment to its alumni, each graduate may keep their Albion College e-mail address for life. In order to provide the best service to both alumni and students, graduate e-mail accounts are hosted on Google's Gmail service at mail.albion.edu.
Please see below for more information:
If you have other questions or concerns regarding alumni e-mail, please contact the