Wireless Transition at Berea

Berea College began a proof of concept wireless project in 2017 to address the aging wireless infrastructure. As the proof of concept has turned into a viable project, IS&S is now in the process of transitioning campus residence halls to modern wireless technology, switching, and device authentication. As this project continues to roll-out to residential facilities across campus, IS&S appreciates the cooperation of each person residing in the facility.

Facilities Upgrade Plan (Residence Halls)

Below is a list of facilities that have transitioned to the Aruba Wireless network. For facilities not listed below, please refer to our legacy documentation for wireless networks available on the IS&S website.

  • Anna Smith
  • Bingham Hall
  • Blue Ridge
  • Dana Hall
  • Danforth Hall
  • Elizabeth Rogers Hall
  • Fairchild
  • James Hall
  • Kentucky Hall
  • McClain (Home Management)
  • Pearson Hall
  • Seabury Hall
  • Talcott Hall

As implementation continues to the remaining residential facilities on campus, anticipated dates that we expect the wireless transition to occur have been identified. They are available below.

  • EcoVillage – TBD
  • Deep Green – TBD
  • Edwards – TBD

Draper Hall, Fairchild, and IS&S are the only two non-residential facilities that have been transitioned to Aruba so far. Testing with those facilities continue and plans are currently being developed to expand the enhanced wireless offering to additional locations on campus.

BCSecure

BereaSecure is the college’s preferred network for wirelessly accessing the internet on a laptop, phone, or tablet. The newly-expanded network in facilities that have received the upgrade so far provides users with a fast, reliable and secure connection on campus.

  • Try to connect most devices here first
  • Requires Berea College username and password
  • Secure, encrypted network
  • Will work with most computers, tablets, and phones
  • The device must be compatible with an enterprise wireless network

BereaBYOD

Campus users who would like to connect game consoles, entertainment devices, or smart speakers to the college network will connect to BereaBYOD.

  • Designed for Internet-of-Things (IOT) and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) (e.g., game systems, streaming devices,  smart speakers, etc.)
  • Also can be used if your device is not compatible with BereaSecure
  • Game consoles and devices without browsers should be registered with the BereaBYOD Device Registration portal before connecting. Due to regulations about Peer-to-Peer traffic, some gaming consoles may still not function as they would on a home network.

Device-Specific Instructions for BereaBYOD

Below are device-specific instructions that have been developed as users have been assisted in connecting the specific device. Additional instructions will be added as time allows. Please contact the IS&S Help Desk for assistance connecting any device you may have difficulty with.