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Network and Internet Access from on-campus

Registering a device to the Phillips Exeter Academy network can only be done from an on-campus location.

  • When registering a device, you must enter your username, NOT your Exeter email address.
  • Wireless connectivity is available throughout campus.  IT recommends community members register to the PEA-Secure network for best user experience.  Below are instructions on how to register a device to the PEA-Secure wireless network
  • Personal wireless access points are NOT allowed on the Academy network.
  • The Academy provides 24x7 Internet access; however, IT performs routine maintenance causing interruption to network services.  Visit our Information Technology site on ExeterConnect for planned work


Configure Computer/Mobile Device to Connect to the PEA-Secure Wireless Network:


Register Apple TV, game station console, or other non-browser devices at


Note: Non-browser devices cannot be registered to PEA-Secure, they must be on the PEA-Guest wireless network in order to register.  You will need the Physical Address (MAC) of the device in order to register it.  The Physical address is usually found on the network configuration page of the device or an app associated to the device.   If your device does not support "open networks" you will NOT be able to register it to the Academy network.

Smart devices such as Amazon and Google, lights and plugs need to be registered to the Academy network from the IT Data Center office, 255 Water Street, located on the corner of Water and Main Streets.  

To register these devices you'll need:

  1. Smart device 
  2. MAC address of the device (example MAC address 01:AB:C4:XX:90:E3)
  3. Device power adapter (if required)
  4. Phone with smart app installed 

Registering these devices at the Data Center is available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

How to find Amazon Echo:'s MAC address:

  1. In the Alexa app, open the left navigation panel and then select Settings
  2. Select your device and then select Update Wi-Fi.  OR if you're adding a new device to your account, select Set up a new device instead
  3. On your Echo device, press and hold the Action button until the light ring changes to orange.  Your mobile device will then connect to your Echo device
  4. Select any WI-FI network and scroll down on the screen until you see the MAC address.

How to find Google Chromecast’s MAC address:

  1. Make sure your mobile device is connected to the Academy network
  2. Plug in your Google Home to an electrical outlet
  3. Open the Google Home app
  4. Follow the prompts to set up until you get to Connect to Wi-Fi, click on the three dots at the top-right corner and click Show MAC address.  Note the MAC address or take a screenshot.


Restrictions on Computer Use in the Dormitory
Our goal is to provide consistent access and service to the community.  Our experience indicates that any of the following activities can negatively impact others in your dorm and on the network or may pose security risks to the network.  Therefore, if any of these activities are detected, and your computer is found to be the source, your network access may be suspended while we investigate.

  • Running file or application servers
  • Use of personal wireless routers
  • Absence of a current anti-virus program (Norton or McAfee, for instance)
  • File sharing that impacts performance or violates copyright law
  • Running tools or applications that subvert network security

Please carefully read the Acceptable Use Policy.


Connectivity Tips:

*Mac OSX: There is a known issue of Wi-Fi dropping periodically on secure networks.  Apple suggests modifying the Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) in Keychain Access.   After registering your Mac on PEA-Secure, follow these instructions for a more consistent Wi-Fi experience.


Contact IT Support Desk at itservices@exeter.edu, 603-777-3693 or on-campus ext. 3693.