October 17, 2017

Connecting to the Lafayette Network

To connect to the college network, you will need a computer with a network card and a special All-Lan cable (unless you are using wireless or are in a newer building that requires a standard CAT5 Ethernet cable). Cables can be purchased at the college bookstore.

Initial access to the network requires completing the NAC registration process. Once you have successfully registered your computer, you will have access to resources on the college network (network storage drives, internet access, etc.).

August 22, 2017

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.

May 18, 2017

Options for Storing Data

Members of Lafayette's community have three options for storing data and should consider the content of the data when deciding which method of storage to use. This is especially important if you have access to sensitive College data, as you must in that case follow the College's Data Stewardship Policy.

May 18, 2012

SSH Access

If you have been granted access to a server at Lafayette, you'll need to use SSH to connect. For security reasons, we use SSH public keys for authentication. The following instructions detail how to create SSH key pairs for use on UNIX-based and Windows systems.

December 7, 2015

VPN at Lafayette

ITS offers VPN (Virtual Private Network) access to the campus network to all college employees. VPN software provides a secure connection between your remote computer and the network and allows your computer to function as if it were actually on campus. It does not directly connect you to your desktop nor allow you to access files saved to your computer's hard drive. But when you are working remotely, VPN allows you to access your shared network drives and some applications that can only be run when connected to the campus network.

April 19, 2017

VPN Instructions for Mac

In order for your remote computer to access the campus network via VPN (see VPN at Lafayette) one Cisco client application must be installed — the AnyConnect VPN Client.

April 19, 2017

VPN Instructions for Windows

In order for your remote computer to access the campus network via VPN (see VPN at Lafayette), one Cisco client application must be installed — the AnyConnect VPN Client. In order to access network storage space, see Accessing Samba from my work PC.

November 19, 2015

Network Access Control - how does it work?

Network Access Control, or NAC, provides a more reliable and secure network environment and is a critical component of the college’s network virtualization design. There are different NAC clients available. PacketFence is the technology implemented at Lafayette.

November 19, 2015

How to find your game console's MAC address

In order to register your game console or Tivo for use on Lafayette's wired or wireless networks, you need to determine its MAC address. These instructions explain how.

Xbox 360

To find the MAC address of your Xbox 360:

August 15, 2017

NAC (Network Access Control) FAQ

Q: What is NAC?
A: NAC (Network Access Control) is a system that requires registration of a network device in order for the device to gain full network access. For more on NAC, see the brief document that explains how it works.

Q: "N - A - C" or "knack"?
A: "Knack."


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