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Wireless Networking at Skidmore College


Frequently Asked Questions on Wireless Coverage

How do I use wireless?

  • Connect to the Skidmore Secure network your computer finds.
  • Log in using your Skidmore user ID and password.

What wireless standards does Skidmore support?

  • At present, we support 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac.

How do I use wireless as a guest?

  • Campus guests without a direct affiliation to the college can connect to the "Skidmore Guest" wireless network. Guest wireless is intended for use by visitors requiring short-term access to the wireless network to perform general Internet activities. It is an unsecured connection and should not be used to send or receive sensitive information. 

    Accessing the "Skidmore Guest" wireless network:
    Visitors to the college must register to access the Internet. You will provide information at registration for the purpose of contacting you in the event of issues with your registered device. The college does not share your personal information with any other entities, and it will not be used for any other purpose. 

    Choose "Skidmore Guest" in the list of available networks on your device. 
    Accept the "User agreement policy"
    Enter a valid email address and select/press the "Log In" button.
    Duration: Access is granted on a short-term basis. You will automatically be logged off the wireless network after one hour of inactivity. Guests may re-register as needed.

This Wi-Fi is excellent for guests such as visiting family members, admissions tours, some guest artists, vendors and more. Employees and students must not use Skidmore Guest. It does not provide access to college resources such as printing, Blackboard and student systems.

  • Eduroam
    Visitors from Eduroam-enabled institutions should use the "Eduroam" wireless network. You can log in using your "home" institution login credentials. 


What kind of network connections are in the dorms?

Skidmore has hired Apogee to install and manage an all-new wireless network in the residence halls. This new wireless network is the most current technology available. The residence halls will now be an all-wireless network. There will no longer be cable modems in the rooms.

Wireless speeds will be at 20Mb download and 5Mb upload per device. You can register as many as five devices per person. If you opt to pay for faster service (or more devices), all your devices will be guaranteed at the faster download speeds. 

This new wireless network will require registration for each device you’d like to connect. You can register before you even get on campus, just be sure to register all the devices you’ll be bringing. When you register, don’t use your Skidmore credentials. Be sure to choose “Resident” when signing up for an account.  

If there are any problems or questions with the registration process, please call the Apogee tech support number, 1-855-377-4170. Apogee will also have a technician on site at Skidmore as a full-time employee to help with any problems.

What is VPN?
VPN stands for virtual private network, a secure application for getting access from off campus to resources on campus.

Who can use VPN? Any person who is a student or employee at Skidmore.

Where can I use VPN from?  Only from off campus. It cannot be used from on campus, including the dorms.

How do I connect to VPN? The directions for VPN can be found here: