How do I connect my computer to the College network?

Centre College uses a simple network registration system that checks to make sure all computers have up-to-date software and are devoid of viruses and other malware to protect from a mass infection across campus. Registration is simple, however there a few steps to follow before you can access the network or Internet. The network registration page is found at online.

  1. If using the wireless network, connect to “Centre”. If using a wired connection you need only plug into the network port in your room.
    1. Note: Until your computer is registered, all websites will be redirected to the registration site with the exception of Windows/Mac updates and antivirus applications.
  2. Ensure your computer’s operating system has all its updates.
    1. For Mac OS X computers run the System Updater and complete all updates and reboot.
    2. For Windows XP computers open Internet Explorer and go to and perform all “Critical Updates” that are shown and reboot.
    3. For Windows Vista/7 open the start menu and in the search field type in “Windows Updates”. Complete all available “Critical Updates” and reboot.
    4. For Linux/Unix there is no means of automatic registration. Skip to the section If you have any issues registering. We still recommend installing all available updates on your machine to ensure security and stability.
  3. Some updates for both systems rely on others to be installed first. After rebooting, repeat step 2 until the update method reports that no new updates are available.
  4. Windows users need to ensure they have some form of Anti-Virus protection installed.
    1. Centre College accepts Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton Antivirus, McAfee, AVG, Sophos, and several others.
    2. If you do not have antivirus, or are unsure, Centre College ITS recommends Microsoft Security Essentials. This can be downloaded via Windows Update. Additionally AVG offers a free version of their AV suite at
  5. Once steps 1 through 3 are complete you can attempt registration. When you open your web browser you will be redirected to the registration site. Enter your username and password provided for network access (logging into the labs or your Centre email) then click the download button. If your computer asks you to save or run the application, click on run; otherwise once the download is completed run the file.
    1. A “dissolvable agent” will install itself on your computer and scan to make sure you meet our policies. Once the scan is completed it will automatically remove itself.
  6. If your computer passes the scan you will be informed and told to reboot your computer. After you reboot you will be able to access the network and internet normally. If it fails it will direct you as to the cause so you can attempt to correct the issue and try again. There is no limit to the number of times you can attempt a registration.