How To Connect to the Network
Access to the campus network requires each device's unique hardware address (MAC address) be registered in PacketFence, the technology that provides Network Access Control. If you are interested in learning more about the network, visit Network Access Control – how does it work? and NAC FAQ – questions and answers about the PacketFence implementation.
If you wish to connect wirelessly, the first time you connect you will be prompted to log in using a pop-up window. On a Mac and iOS, the window will appear automatically. On PC and Android, you may need to open a browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome) to log in. You will be redirected to a page like this:
Accept the terms and log in using your Lafayette NetID and password.
If you are not prompted to enter your username and password and can connect to the network, your information has already been transferred to the server and there is no need to log in.
If you are using a Mac and wish to connect via Ethernet cable (a hardwired connection) you will be prompted to use a protocol called 802.1x. Log in using your network username and password.
You will then be prompted to accept the certificate. Click continue. You may periodically see this prompt again as the server certificate needs to be renewed periodically. To maintain connection to the network you will need to trust the renewed certificate.
You may be prompted to authenticate to modify your Trust Settings, simply enter your password and click "Update Settings"
If you are a student and wish to connect to the network using a hardwired connection, you will follow the same instructions as if you were connecting to the wireless network.
You will not need to do anything different to connect to the network. When you log in to the domain, it will connect to the new system in the background.