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Network and Security


Connecting to the Internet

Carthage provides wifi coverage to residence halls and most other campus locations. Wired ethernet connections are also provided in each room. 


To connect using wifi, look for the wireless network (SSID) Carthage-Open or Carthage-Secure. Both are safe and operate at the same speeds; Carthage-Secure offers an added layer of encryption, but isn’t always compatible with every device, so use whichever one works for you. There are no passwords for our network; however, once your device connects to the selected wireless network, it must be registered in order to work. Instructions for device registration are shown below.


If you want a faster, more reliable connection, or if your device does not support wifi, there is one active ethernet jack in each residence hall room. Please look for the yellow jack or the one in the upper left-hand corner of your wall plate, depending on the location. Please provide your own ethernet cable as well as a USB to ethernet adapter if needed.

Registering Your Devices

When you arrive on campus each of your devices needs to be registered to connect to the Carthage network and the internet. How you register your device will depend on whether the device has a browser. In order to register, you must know your Carthage username and password. If you forgot your password, go to the Password Manager to reset it.


If your device has a built-in browser, first connect to wifi or a wired connection, then open your browser to any web address. You should be immediately sent to the registration page. Check the box to accept the “Acceptable Use Policy,” and then enter your Carthage username and password. Registrations are valid for 180 days. Once you have registered your device, you can use the internet on campus.


If your device does not have a browser, you will need to register it manually using another computer or device that already has network access. If you are trying to connect a Chromecast please consult this guide. If you are still having trouble, please send an email to

  • Follow these steps:
    • Visit the Carthage Network Access form (
    • Read the “Acceptable Use Policy” and click the box next to “I accept the terms.”
    • Log in with your Carthage username and password
    • Click “Log in.”
    • On the next screen you will need to supply your MAC address and your device type. The MAC address needs to be entered in the following format: XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX. (Find the MAC address for your device)
    • Select your device type from the dropdown menu. If you do not see the appropriate device type choose “Other.”
    • Click “Register.” Registrations are valid for 180 days.
    • Restart the device you just registered.
    • You may check the status of your device registration here.

Checking the registration status of your devices

Users may check the registration status of their devices at this website: On this page, click the box next to “I accept the terms” and enter your Carthage username and password. You should see a list of the devices you have currently registered for use on the Carthage network.  

Guest Wifi Access


Employees that work on the Carthage campus but aren’t employed by the College may access the wifi network using Guest Access. If an employee of one of the above departments would like access to the wifi on a more permanent basis, they may request that through their supervisor. The employee’s supervisor should then contact Human Resources to talk about provisioning contract employees as Carthage employees.


People visiting the Carthage campus for a fixed amount of time may connect to the wifi network using Guest Access. Users may request further services during a camp or conference (wifi or printing access) via Meggan Mazanet (

Users without an email address: You must sign in to the campus wifi as a guest user. Open a browser and follow the directions on the form to request guest wifi access on your personal device on campus. Consult this page for further information on connecting as a guest.

Please contact the Hedberg Library Information Desk (262-551-5950 or email if you need assistance.

Network Safety and Security

Cybercrime has been increasing exponentially in the last few years and it can harm you personally, professionally, and due to your privileged access to college data, your action or inaction can also impact students and the College. Good security is everyone’s responsibility. Library and Information Services wants to provide tools and resources for all members of the Carthage Community to take responsibility for IT Security.

Take a look at LIS’ Information Security presentations below for more information.

Educate yourself on how to identify and avoid phishing attacks

Carthage occasionally will be targeted in phishing attacks, that will attempt to obtain access to users’ accounts. Phishing attacks can steal, alter, or destroy your data. They may introduce viruses, adware, spyware, or ransomware to your computer or device. They may obtain your password or other data for malicious use. Phishing attackers may pose as a reputable entity and may be convincing (the emails may have company logos, legitimate phone numbers, links to actual company websites, or email signatures of actual people you know). They may use scare tactics that come from emails, phone calls, text messages, or abandoned flash drives.

To protect yourself, be suspicious. Watch for messages with spelling or grammatical errors. Beware of messages urging you to take action - asking you to send sensitive information, clicking a link, or downloading an attachment. Keep an eye out for emails from people you don’t know, or people making odd requests or asking you to provide information. Check the sender’s email address to make sure it is legitimate. If it is from someone you know, ask if they really sent it.

When using public computers, never use the “stay signed in” offer. Don’t let the browser remember your passwords. Be sure to sign out of any accounts; don’t just close the browser window. Clear your browsing and download history, delete cookies and passwords.

Secure Your Devices

  • Have a strong password/passcode on all of your devices.
  • Ensure software is up-to-date. Turn on automatic updates where possible.
  • Lock your device when you walk away from it.
  • Encrypt internal and external storage drives.
  • Physically secure your devices in your work area to reduce theft.

For more information on securing specific devices, visit our FAQ for the following articles:

Use Strong Password Management Practices

  • Don’t tell the truth: Don’t use information about yourself or your life that could be looked up, including the names of your pets, your hometown, the name of your spouse or partner, etc.
  • Don’t make sense: There is no reason for your password to make sense. Passwords that make sense are easier to predict, which makes them easier to crack.
  • Avoid predictable phrases: Avoid using quotes or names of characters from pop culture. Use a password/passphrase that is 12 or more characters in length and has a combination of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. The more characters, the harder your password is to hack.
  • Avoid obvious punctuation: Replace the letter “o” with zeros, the letter “a” with @, etc.
  • Never have multiple accounts with the same password: If one account is compromised, the other will be compromised as well.
  • Treat important accounts with extra care: Use separate browsers for work and play. Clear your browser history before logging in to an important account.
  • Don’t write down your password and store them near your computer.
  • Don’t let browsers store passwords for you.

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication

Carthage requires 2-factor authentication (also called 2-step verification or multi-factor authentication) for all Carthage faculty and staff Google Apps accounts. Multi-factor authentication requires the user to have both the correct account password AND access to a specific telephone or mobile device, making it much harder for a cyber attacker to use a lost or stolen password to access your account. Logging in to your account requires you have something you know and something you have.

Limit Use of Public Wi-Fi

  • Be skeptical of all public wifi (especially wifi accounts called TWCWiFi, attwifi, and Free Wi-Fi; hackers know these are common wifi accounts so they will disguise unsafe accounts with these names).
  • Check the authenticity of public wifi before connecting: Ask the owner of the hotspot for the correct network name and password.
  • Read the terms and conditions carefully before you agree.
  • If utilizing public wifi, avoid using sites that transmit personal or sensitive information (such as email, banking, shopping, etc.)
  • Utilize a secure VPN connection when on public wifi.
  • “Forget” the network on your device when you are done with it.
  • Turn of wi-fi when you are not actively using it.
  • Choose encrypted networks/password-protected (secure) networks when possible.

This website provides a good summary of the above information.

Secure Carthage Data

In addition to our need to protect Carthage students, parents, staff, faculty, and the College from data insecurities, we have growing legal and contractual requirements to adhere to. Many federal mandates now require policies, procedures, and breach disclosures related to cybersecurity. The Carthage “IT Security and Acceptable Use of Technology Policy” was defined to clearly communicate these cybersecurity expectations and meet the requirement for a formal security policy.


  • All Carthage data must be stored in LIS-approved applications or LIS-approved storage drives.
  • G Suite for Education(i.e. Gmail, Google Drive, Google Apps) is the only authorized cloud data repository for individual or team storage of unstructured data.
  • If temporary local copies of data are needed, they must be uploaded to an LIS-approved storage drive on a periodic basis to minimize the risk of loss.
  • You must use a password-protected screen saver if you deal with confidential data.

Network Drives (H: and S: drives)

H: drives (or personal drives) are private network folders that allow Carthage employees to store Carthage-related files that need to be backed up. Files stored on your H: drive can be seen only by you. Files that need to be shared by multiple people in your department should instead be saved to the S: drive. Due to space limitations, H: drives will have a 15 GB limit when created. You will receive email notifications alerting you of your space utilization as you get closer to the 15 GB maximum. H: drives are available to faculty and staff upon request (students are not eligible for H: drives). Please send all requests to

The S: drive (Shared drive) is a shared network drive that allows Carthage employees to share data within their department. Each department has a shared folder on the root of the S: drive. Permissions to your departmental folder should be automatically granted upon the creation of your user account. If you believe your permissions are incorrect, or you require access to additional folders, please send a request to

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a technology that creates a safe and encrypted connection over a less secure network, such as the Internet. LIS offers VPN services to Carthage staff and faculty who require it to perform their job duties. The typical use case for VPN is a need to access enterprise systems (CX, JX, OnBase, etc….) from off-campus. Beyond that, each VPN request is considered on a case-by-case basis. Permissions for VPN can be requested by your supervisor by sending an email to

VPN services are generally not available to Carthage students. In certain scenarios, Computer Science students will be granted limited VPN permissions on a per-project basis. These requests must come from the Chair of the Computer Science Department. All other student requests for VPN will be denied.

International Students

While traveling back home, some international students may run into Internet censorship from their home country. This censorship may block access to critical resources such as Google. While LIS does not take an official stance on this, it is typical to use a VPN under these circumstances. As noted above, the Carthage VPN is not generally available to students, but the following products are common recommendations when traveling internationally:

Free Services

Paid for Services

It is recommended to download multiple VPNs since travelers to China report they experience inconsistency in which VPN services work best on any given day.

* Note: LIS has not vetted, tested, or verified any of the above products and would be unable to assist with setup and troubleshooting.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …