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Problems connecting to Papercut and other campus resources
If you are unable to connect to campus resources such as Papercut, Printers and Library Databases it could your DNS settings. See the guidelines below to ensure that your DNS settings are set to ‘Auto’ and you are not using outside servers, such as Google DNS.
- Go to the Windows “Start” menu (the circular button on the bottom left of your screen)
- Type in Control Panel.
- Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.
- To change the settings:
- To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection > Properties.
- For an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Connection > Properties
- Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).
- Click Properties.
- Google DNS servers have the following addresses:
- For IPv4: 220.127.116.11 and/or 18.104.22.168.
- For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
If you see the image below, you are connected to a public google DNS.
- To remove this, select the Obtain DNS Server address automatically, and click OK.
- Now try connecting to Papercut and you should not have any issues.
- Click Apple> System Preferences > Network.
2. Select the connection for which you want to configure and click on Advanced
3. Select the DNS tab. The Google DNS addresses that you need to remove are as follows:
- For IPv4: 22.214.171.124 and/or 126.96.36.199.
- For IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and/or 2001:4860:4860::8844.
If you are connected to the google DNS you will see the following image:
4. Click ‘+’ once and then click ‘-’ twice until you see the google DNS addresses removed and the original DNS servers restored.
The Institute DNS servers should look identical to these:
5. Then click OK and Apply and close the tab.
6. Close the tab now and then try connecting to Papercut again.
If you still have issues reaching Papercut, stop by the Helpdesk with your device. We are located in Casa Fuente, top floor, room 320.
How do I connect Windows 7 to Middlebury College WiFi?
Note: these steps are to be used only if you are unable to connect Windows 7 to WiFi using the standard procedure here: http://sites.miis.edu/kb/2017/05/22/how-to-connect-to-the-miis-wifi/
- Click the Wireless Network Connection icon on the Taskbar. The Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box opens.
- Click Open Network and Sharing Center.
- Click Manage wireless networks.
- On the next screen click Add.
- Click Manually create a network profile.
- Under Information for the wireless network you want to add
- Enter MiddleburyCollege into the Network name field.
- Select WPA2-‐Enterprise in the Security type dropdown menu.
- Select AES in the Encryption type dropdown menu.
- Check to select Start this connection automatically.
- Click Next.
- Click Change connection settings.
- The Connection tab should look like this:
- Click on the Security tab, then Settings.
- Uncheck Validate server certificate, then click the Configure button.
- Uncheck the Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any) checkbox. Finally click OK.
- Click OK to close Protected EAP Properties.
- In the Security tab, click on Advanced Settings.
- Check Specify Authentication mode and choose User Authentication. Click OK.
- Click OK to close MiddleburyCollege Wireless Network properties.
- 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.
- Click on the bubble Additional information is required to connect to MiddleburyCollege prompted in your task bar.
- A network dialog box will appear. Enter your username and password (same as your email account). And then click OK.
You should now be connected to the MiddleburyCollege WiFi network!
How do I connect my Mac to the MiddleburyCollege wireless network
Most of the time, to use the MiddleburyCollege wireless network, all you need to do is the following:
- Click on the AirPort icon on the right end of the menu bar at the top of your screen.
- Select “MiddleburyCollege” from the list.
- Enter your MIIS username (do not enter your full email address) and password (same as your MIIS email log-in), then click on Join.
- You are all set!
However, if the above procedure does not work for you, follow the steps below.
- Click on Airport icon on right-upper toolbar.
- From the drop-down menu, select Join Other Network
- Type MiddleburyCollege in the Network Name field.
- Select WPA Enterprise or WPA2 Enterprise from the Security drop-down menu.
- Enter your network username and password (the same as your email account) in the User Name and Password fields, respectively.
- Click on Remember this network check-box.
- 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 Middlebury wireless network, all you need to do is the following:
1. On the home screen, tap Settings
2. On the following screen, tap Wi-Fi
3. Select “MiddleburyCollege“.
4. Enter your Middlebury account name and password (same as your email username and password), then tap Join.
5. If you are prompted to accept a certificate, tap Trust.
If the above procedure does not work, follow the steps below:
1. On the home screen, tap Settings.2. Select Wi-Fi.3. On the next screen, tap Other…
4. Enter “MiddleburyCollege” in the Name field, then tap Security.
5. Choose WPA2 Enterprise or WPA Enterprise, then tap Other Network.
6. Enter your Middlebury username and password (same as your email username and password), then tap Join.
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.
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.
In addition to laptop computers, here are some related items we recommend bringing with you to campus:
- Laptop Lock if your computer supports it
- 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
- 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.