Wireless Networks & VPN

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Wireless Networks at CGU:

Claremont-WPA (Preferred and Encrypted)

Current Students, Faculty & Staff USE THIS NETWORK!
This securely encrypted network is recommended by OIT as the preferred choice for all your network connectivity needs at CGU. The Claremont-WPA wireless network is shared and accessible throughout all of the Claremont Colleges campuses.

Please follow the instructions for the device you are attempting to connect:

Once you have completed this process your password will be stored in the configuration and you will not be required to log in again until your password expires.

The XpressConnect software by CloudPath Networks Inc., is designed for most laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Please contact the CGU Help Desk if the software page does not successfully configure your device.

Claremont–WPA was launched in the summer of 2011 and is the most recent addition to CGU wireless network options.

PASSWORD NOTICE: If you change your CGU E-mail password, you must reconnect to the Claremont-WPA network again using above instructions to save your new password before you can reconnect to the network.

Other wireless networks available on the CGU campus.

If you are a current CGU Student, Faculty, or Staff, please connect to the Claremont-WPA network, using the instructions above. Use the below wireless networks only if your device is having problems connecting to the WPA network.

CGU-Guest is a non-encrypted, non-password protected “guest” network. This network provides CGU guests with basic Internet access while on campus. Guests on campus can access external web sites and most web email systems. CGU systems such as CGU webmail are NOT accessible from this network.

Claremont is a non-encrypted network and will work on most devices that support the ability to sign in via a web portal page. The Claremont wireless network is shared and accessible throughout all of the Claremont Colleges campuses. You will be required to perform the following steps every time you wish to use this wireless network to access the Internet:

  • To use the Claremont wireless network, search for the “Claremont” Wi-Fi network (SSID) and connect your device.
  • Once you have successfully connected, launch your internet browser (eg. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari).
  • Your browser will be redirected to a Claremont Colleges login page. Enter your network login (which is the same user name you use to check your CGU email) followed by the three letter acronym @CGU (do not include “.edu” ). Enter the password, which is also the same password you use to check your CGU email. Click on the Submit button.


Claremont-ETC is best suited for CGU Housing residents who have wireless devices that cannot connect to the Claremont-WPA network. Laptops, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices should use the Claremont-WPA network whenever possible, even at the CGU residences. Claremont-ETC uses a passphrase for authentication, which changes every semester. Please contact CGU Housing Services for the current passphrase.

Note about Wi-Fi Coverage:

There may be “Wi-Fi dead-zones” or areas where you are unable to access the Wi-Fi because you are out of range of the transmitter. Please notify OIT of any dead-zones you may find by submitting the Wi-Fi Coverage Request Form (Fillable PDF).

VPN – Virtual Private Network

The Virtual Private Network, or VPN, allows you to connect your computer to CGU’s network resources from any location in the world that has access to the internet. This technique can also be used on campus if a hard-wired connection is not available.

VPN access includes:

  •  Access files on the personal or department share (O:\, I:\, etc).
  •  Access network subsystems that are normally only available on campus computers.
  •  Remotely control office computer.

VPN access is only available to CGU staff and faculty.  If you would like to have VPN access, please visit the staff in room ACB 303 to receive instructions and special files used to set up your computer for VPN access.

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