Connecting to the Wireless Network (WiFi)

Wireless Networks (WiFi) at St. Olaf

St. Olaf operates two wireless networks: eduroam and St. Olaf Guest:

  • eduroam is a secure, authenticated wireless network that works on campus and allows seamless roaming to other higher education and research institutions. St. Olaf users are strongly encouraged to use the eduroam wireless network. This wireless network is secured, encrypted and provides access to the Internet and all St. Olaf computing resources i.e. printing. 
  • St. Olaf Guest is for use by guests of the college. It can also be used by some devices (e.g. game consoles) that are unable to connect to the eduroam wireless network.


How to connect to eduroam

Follow the steps below to connect to eduroam; please do not simply connect to eduroam without first running the installer on your device! By running the installer, this ensures that your computer or device connects securely only to safe eduroam WiFi networks. 

Or watch a video for easy how-to instructions: 
Windows operating systems 
Mac operating system

Windows, MacOS, iOS and Linux

Download and run the appropriate installer (see Attachments section on the right or below, depending on your browser). When asked for your username, please enter your full St. Olaf email address (

*iOS - please make sure you open the link in Safari


Install and open the eduroam CAT app and then follow the prompts to configure for St. Olaf College. When asked for your username, please enter your full St. Olaf email address (


Please follow the instructions below.



If you are a guest of the college coming from other eduroam participating institutions, your computer should automatically connect to the ‘eduroam’ wireless network. If prompted, use your home institution’s credentials to connect to eduroam. Please make sure you configure and test your connection at your home institution before visiting.

For all other guests and visitors, please connect to the ‘St. Olaf Guest’ wireless network.


Home Assistance, Smart Plugs, other IoT Devices

There are a multitude of devices within the category of IoT - Internet of Things. This could include:

  • Home Assistance i.e. Amazon Echo or Alexa, Google Home Mini
  • Smart plugs or lights
  • Streaming devices i.e. Amazon Fire TV Stick (firestick), Roku, Chromecast 

As a general rule, if your device has 'Discover' or 'Find' or 'Automatic' it likely will not work on eduroam or St. Olaf Guest. These devices are designed for home networks, and generally don't work on an enterprise level network. IT continues to review and explore options. 


All St. Olaf Laptops

We recommend logging into your St. Olaf laptop with your full email address, which is the method of authentication that eduroam uses.

Please note: Logging into your computer with your full email address will not impact your connectivity here on campus, just off campus at other institutions that use eduroam.


St. Olaf Laptops running Windows

If you’ve never logged into your Windows laptop with your full email address (or if you aren’t sure if you have), at the sign-on screen please choose “Other User.” This will give you a username field to enter your full email address.

If your Windows laptop goes to sleep and wakes up at a different institution, you will need to select the “eduroam_reconnect” wireless network. Please sign on with your full St. Olaf email address and password. Your computer should remember this preference (at the institution). If not, you’ll need to do this each time.


How to connect a Chromebook to eduroam

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Right-click on the eduroam configuration file and select Save Link As...
  3. Right-click on chrome://net-internals#chromeos and select Copy Link Address.
  4. Open a new Chrome tab and paste the link from step 3.
  5. Under the “Import ONC file” section, tap “Choose File”.
  6. Navigate to the eduroam configuration file downloaded in step 2 and click Open (the name of the file will be “eduroam-chromeos-SOC.onc”). You will not notice anything; settings have been made silently.
  7. Select eduroam from the list of wireless networks. Enter the following settings:

  8. Select Connect.


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