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Wireless network access

Did you bring your laptop, tablet, or phone? Secure wireless network access is available at all PCC campuses and centers. All current students, faculty, and staff can access the PCCWiFi signal, while visitors to the college can request permission to access the PCCGuest signal.

How to connect

Students and staff

To connect to PCC’s wireless network:

  1. Make sure wireless is enabled on your device.
  2. Select the PCCWiFi wireless network.
  3. To sign in:
    • Username: your MyPCC username
    • Password: your MyPCC password
    • Domain: pcc.edu
Guests

Guests of PCC can connect to the wifi network:

  1. Make sure wireless is enabled on your device.
  2. Select the PCCGuest network in your wireless settings.
  3. Review Terms & Conditions
  4. Accept Terms & Conditions
  5. Your access will be active for 24 hours.
First-time login instructions

Important: Windows users may need to install a certificate.

Please see device specific login instructions below.  Once these steps are completed, you should be automatically connected to PCC’s wireless network when you are within range (unless you have set your device to do otherwise or your MyPCC password changes). For security reasons, you also may be asked to verify the certificate server or server thumbprint/fingerprint:

  • Server: tsscp-1.pcc.edu or tsscp-2.pcc.edu
  • Thumbprint: 72:F3:ED:73:E8:89:DD:F1:94:20:D2:26:5F:3D:B2:7F:AD:2F:35:89
Android
  1. Select the network “PCCWiFi” from the list of wireless networks available
  2. After connecting to the wireless network, A dialog box will open
    • Username: your MyPCC username
    • Password: your MyPCC password
    • Domain: pcc.edu
    • EAP method: PEAP
    • Phase 2 authentication: none (on newer Android devices check under Advanced – MSCHAPV2)
    • CA certificate: unspecified or do not validate
    • Identity: your PCC username
    • Anonymous identity: leave blank
Apple
  1. Select the network “PCCWiFi” from the list of wireless networks available
  2. After connecting to the wireless network, a dialog box will open
    • Security: WPA2 Enterprise
    • Username: your MyPCC username
    • Password: your MyPCC password
    • Domain: pcc.edu
Chromebook
  1. Select the network “PCCWiFi” from the list of wireless networks available
  2. After connecting to the wireless network, A dialog box will open
    • SSID: PCCWifi
    • EAP Method: PEAP
    • Phase 2 authentication: MSCHAPv2
    • Server CA Certificate: Do not check
    • User certificate: None installed
    • Username: your MyPCC username
    • Password: your MyPCC password
    • Anonymous identity: (leave blank)
    • Save identity & password (check)
Windows 7 and earlier
  1. Before you can log in, you must first download the certificate file
    • Once downloaded, unzip and open the file
    • A dialog box will appear, asking to make changes to your computer. Select “Yes
    • A quick-connect dialog box will open to configure your system. Select “Next
  2. Select the network “PCCWiFi” from the list of wireless networks available
  3. Complete the following information when asked:
    • Security: WPA2 Enterprise
    • Username: your MyPCC username
    • Password: your MyPCC password
  4. Click “Connect
  5. Select  “needing more information…
  6. A security alert dialog box will open to verify the certificate
  7. Click  “Connect
  8. A dialog box will open with a connection summary. Click “Close
  9. You may be asked if you want to verify the certificate server or server thumbprint
Windows 8
  1. Select the network “PCCWiFi” from the list of wireless networks available
  2. Click “Connect
  3. Complete the following information
    • Username: your MyPCC username
    • Password: your MyPCC password
  4. You may be asked if you want to verify the certificate server or server thumbprint
  5. Click “Connect
Windows 10
  1. Access your network settings by clicking the lower right-hand corner notification box or click on the Wi-Fi logo with the * on the logo, if present

  2. Click on Network

  3. Select PCCWiFi and click “Connect”

  4. Complete the following information:

  5. Username: your MyPCC username

  6. Password: your MyPCC password

  7. Click “Connect

Linux

The hardest part of accessing the PCCWiFi service from Linux (including Android) is that the configuration interface can vary widely. These settings are general and interface-neutral.  Depending on the client (“supplicant”), when it first interacts with the access point it might fill in some of the needed settings. Again, this can vary. Anything required that isn’t auto-filled must be added by hand.

Here are the settings; they may not appear in this order.

  1. The security mode should be “WPA/WPA2 Enterprise” — the client might display it differently but it should look like this.
  2. The authentication method is protected EAP (PEAP).
  3. The anonymous identity can be left blank or unchanged.
  4. If there’s a “domain” field then it should be set to “pcc.edu”. This is perhaps the easiest setting to get wrong or omit, and some clients won’t work without it.
  5. The PEAP version should be “automatic”.
  6. The inner authentication method should be “MSCHAPv2”.
  7. The user name is the MyPCC user name.
  8. The password is your MyPCC password.
Google Pixel 2
  1. EAP method: PEAP
  2. Phase 2 authentication: none
  3. CA certificate: System Certificate
  4. Domain: pcc.edu
  5. Identity: your PCC username
  6. Anonymous identity: leave blank
  7. Password: your MyPCC password

 

Wireless Q&A
Where is wireless available?

Wireless access points are available at all PCC campuses and centers. Due to the physical construction of the buildings, signal strength and service availability may vary within each location. Please report any wireless issues to the Service Desk at 971-722-4400.

Who can access the wireless network?

The following individuals can access our network:

How secure is it?

PCC-WiFi uses an 802.1x secure network protocol. It is encrypted from your device to the wireless network access point. However, you should always be cautious when entering personal information such as passwords, or credit card numbers. If you are in doubt, wait until you have a wired connection before submitting any personal information over the internet.

Can students print over the wireless network?

Yes! Students can print over wireless using their GoPrint account – see more on the printing page.