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How do I reset my MIIS email password?

If your MIIS Wifi or email has suddenly stopped working, you’ve come to the right place! Every 6 months, you must reset your MIIS email password for security reasons.

1. Go to http://go.middlebury.edu/activate. Here you will need to enter your 8-digit Student ID number and your 6-digit BannerWeb PIN. If are unsure about your ID and PIN, click here.


2. Once you’ve entered your ID and PIN, you will be asked to read and agree with the Statement of Responsible Computing. Click Agree and Submit.


3. On this next page, you can reset your password. Keep in mind that you can use a slight variation of your old password so your new password will be easy to remember. (For example, you could switch from Monterey1! to Monterey.2)
**Pay close attention to the character requirements for passwords! You must use at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, and one special character
. If you do not enter this properly, you will not be able to set a new password.


4. Please be sure to write down your new password and store it in a safe place! You will need this new password for on-campus Wifi, printing, and accessing computers in the library, labs, etc.  If you forget your password, you can reset it at any time using the same site.

5. Keep in mind that you will need to update your password on all of your other devices (smartphone, tablet, etc). Your email username and password are the same for your on-campus Wifi. After you change your password, the old password stored on your computer for the MIIS Wifi will need to be changed as well. Come to the ITS Help Desk (CF 320) if you need help accessing Wifi after changing your password.

How do I connect Windows 7 to the MIIS wireless network?

  1. Click the Wireless Network Connection icon on the Taskbar. The Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box opens.
  2. Click Open Network and Sharing Center.Capture9
  3. Click Manage wireless networks.
  4. On the next screen click Add.Capture8
  5. Click Manually create a network profile.
  6. Under Information for the wireless network you want to add
    1. Enter miis into the Network name field.
    2. Select WPA2-­‐Enterprise in the Security type dropdown menu.
    3. Select AES in the Encryption type dropdown menu.
    4. Check to select Start this connection automatically.
    5. Click Next.
  7. Click Change connection settings.
  8. The Connection tab should look like this:Capture1
  9. Click on the Security tab, then Settings.
  10. Uncheck Validate server certificate, then click the Configure button. capture10
  11. Uncheck the Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any) checkbox. Finally click OK.
  12. Click OK to close Protected EAP Properties.
  13. In the Security tab, click on Advanced Settings.Capture2
  14. Check Specify Authentication mode and choose User Authentication. Click OK.
  15. Click OK to close miis Wireless Network properties.
  16. Click Close to complete the setup.

Once you have completed the configuration steps in the above section, you should be able to see a bubble pop up in the lower right hand corner of your task bar. You can then follow the below steps to connect to the network.

  1. Click on the bubble Additional information is required to connect to miis prompted in your task bar.Capture3
  2. A network dialog box will appear. Enter your username and password (same as your email account). And then click OK.Capture4

You should now be connected to the miis network!

How do I connect my Mac to the MIIS wireless network

Most of the time, to use the MIIS wireless network, all you need to do is the following:

  1. Click on the AirPort icon on the right end of the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Select “miis” from the list.
  3. Enter your MIIS username and password (same as your email account), then click OK.
  4. Click Apply to save all changes

However, if the above procedure does not work for you, follow the steps below.

  1. Click on Airport icon on right-upper toolbar.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Join Other Network
  3. Type miis in the Network Name field.
  4. Select WPA Enterprise or WPA2 Enterprise from the Security drop-down menu.
  5. Enter your network username and password (the same as your email account) in the User Name and Password fields, respectively.
  6. Click on Remember this network check-box.
  7. Click on Join to join the network.


How do I connect my iPhone/iPad to the wireless network?

Most of the time to use the MIIS wireless network, all you need to do is the following:

  1. On the home screen, press Settings
  2. On the left side of the following screen, press Wi-Fi
  3. Under choose a Network… select “miis“.
  4. Enter your MIIS account name and password (same as your email username and password), then press Join.
  5. If you are prompted to accept a certificate, press Continue or Accept

However, if the above procedure does not work, follow the steps below.

  1. On the home screen, press Settings.
  2. On the left of the following screen press Wi-Fi.
  3. On the right side press Other
  4. On the next screen, enter “miis” in the Name field, then press Security.
  5. Choose WPA2 Enterprise or WPA Enterprise, then press other network…
  6. Enter your MIIS username and password (same as your email username and password), then press Join.
  7. When prompted, press Accept or Continue.

What are the minimum laptop system specifications?

When is the best time to get a new computer? A few months before you start at MIIS—enough time to get to know your new computer. The worst time is early in (or during) the semester—this is a great way to needlessly stress yourself out.

Laptop Specifications

In the past, it was simple to give a list of specifications, but today things are moving quickly and it’s not always obvious what to recommend. For example, multicore processors have taken off, processor speed is less relevant (with more cores computers are more efficient and clock speed can be lowered a little to save battery usage). How much memory and hard drive space should you get? Really as much as you can afford. For memory, most laptops are not user upgradable, so consider 8GB a minimum. Mac users who might run Windows would be much better off with 16GB. As for hard drive space, if you can afford a computer with an SSD, you won’t regret the decision. SSD hard drives have made computers much more efficient, but they add cost and you generally don’t get as much storage. The fastest SSDs are Windows computers are using SATA 3, but Mac laptops are using PCI Express, a relatively new bus that blows SATA 3 out of the water. As for your OS, at a minimum you need Windows 7 (64-bit preferred) or Mac OS X.

Windows or Mac?

This question is most relevant to T&I and TLM students. Windows-using faculty will tell you that you should just get a Windows computer. All major translation software runs on Windows, and why make life complicated by attempting to run two operating systems? Windows computers are reliable and are much more affordable than Macs.

Mac-using faculty will point out that Macs are beautiful computers, hold their resale value and are more reliable than Windows-based computers. In addition, you can easily run Windows on your Mac using VirtualBox, Parallels or vmware. To be honest though, you need to be pretty savvy to be able to comfortably run Windows on your Mac, and you’ll need a powerful machine.

Some specialized software for T&I and TLM courses require Windows to operate. Students who bring a Windows PC or laptop to campus should be able to install the necessary software. If you plan to bring a Mac with you to school for these programs you will be required to purchase and install a copy of Windows on your Mac. Students are solely responsible for the additional cost of purchasing a Windows license. Windows can be installed on a Mac using the built-in Bootcamp feature, or by first installing virtualization software such as VirtualBox. We recommend that you install Windows on your Mac prior to coming to campus if possible. Virtualization is a great way to run Windows and also have access to your Mac programs at the same time. Instructions for using the freely available VirtualBox can be found here: Installing Windows on your Mac using VirtualBox.

Additional Checklist

In addition to laptop computers, here are some related items we recommend bringing with you to campus:

  • Laptop Lock
  • Plug adapter for laptops purchased outside the US (if your charger says “100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then it will work pretty much anywhere in the world)
  • USB flash drive for quick file exchange
  • USB external hard drive for backup
  • Operating system installation/repair discs that came with your laptop purchase, or which the manufacturer’s software prompted you to create
  • Computer Warranty Information, user guide, manual, and other documents that came with your computer
  • Power strip or surge protector with 6 ft. cable (not all classrooms have power outlets at each desk)
  • An optional 10 ft. ethernet cable for when you need the fastest connection possible

Important note: make sure you have valid antivirus software installed on your computer. Updated antivirus software is required for any computer that connects to the school network!

Where on campus can I go for help with a wireless connection problem?

Students, faculty and staff can get help at the Information Technology Service office located in Casa Fuente, 320. Visit their home page for more information.

Sites DOT MIISThe Middlebury Institute site network.