Wireless network enables properly-equipped computers to connect to the internet and/or campus network without a network cable. The wireless network works by radio—network card in your computer transmits and receives information from network-access-points installed across the campus by high-frequency radio waves. Wireless is available throughout the Whitman campus, including some outdoor areas.

Whitman Secure

Whitman Secure is the primary wireless network for people with Whitman network accounts, to access both the Internet and Whitman resources.

Connect to the wireless network named whitman_secure.

Enter your credentials the first time you connect to whitman_secure. 

See below in Smartphone configuration if your mobile device prompts for settings.

See below in Ubuntu Linux Configuration for connecting computers running Linux operating systems.

Whitman Devices

Whitman Devices is for devices (like smartTVs, game consoles, etc.) that are unable to connect to whitman_secure. 

Connect to the wireless network named whitman_devices

You will need to fill out a form to manually register your device to this network before it is allowed on the internet.  To do this, you will need to locate the device's Hardware address (also known as the MAC address) and then go to Manual Device Registration

Whitman Guest

Whitman Guest is available for visitors to campus who do not have a Whitman network account.  This network is intended for basic web browsing and checking email only.  There is no access to local Whitman resources such as printing or file server storage.  

Connect to the wireless network named whitman_guest.

A quick registration page may need to be submitted before a user will be able to gain access to the Internet.  Access will be good for 4 days (96 hours).

Access to email or an SMS-capable device is necessary to receive your guest login credentials.

Other guest access options are described on the Guest Accounts page. 

Smartphone configuration

Some smartphones may require you to configure your wireless configuration.  Try these settings:

  • EAP method: PEAP
  • Phase 2 auth: MSCHAPV2
  • CA certificate: use system certificates or Do Not Validate
  • Domain: whitman.edu
  • Identity: Whitman user id
  • Password: Whitman password

Ubuntu Linux Configuration

For students using Ubuntu Linux*, or those enrolled in Computer Sciences:


  • WiFi-Security : WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
  • Authentication : Protected EAP (PEAP)
  • CA certificate is blank
  • Checkbox: No CA certificate is required
  • PEAP version : Automatic
  • Inner authentication : MSCHAPv2
  • Username: Whitman user id
  • Password: Whitman password

*Works for versions 16.04.X LTS and later

Locations of good outdoor wireless coverage on campus

The areas in the map marked with a red square provide the best wireless coverage outside.  Other areas may also have wireless access with a weaker signal.


Visit the sections below to learn how to troubleshoot your wireless connection.

If you are not seeing any available networks:

Try using whitman_secure_2

  • In the network settings on your device you should be able to manually connect to a network (usually this is a button called "add network" however this depends on the type of device that you are on).
  • Once there you should see a menu that asks you for a network name, security, and a password. 
  • For the network name please put "whitman_secure_2" for security please select "WPA/WPA2-Enterprise" this will then add a few new options for you to fill out. 
  • For EAP method please select "PEAP". 
  • The identity and password sections will be the same as your Whitman login. 
  • For CA certificate select "Don't validate"