fbpx Connectivity | Phillips Exeter Academy


Wireless connectivity is available throughout campus. 

Personal wireless access points are NOT permitted 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 General Maintenance information.

The Academy has three wireless networks:

An encrypted WiFi network for students, faculty and staff.  You must have a network account in order to register your device.

An unsecure WiFi network  for guests.  Requires your email address, first and last name, cell phone (optional). In order to register, you must be able to access your email or receive a text message to enter a code on the registration page.

Faculty Family
An encrypted Wifi network for faculty family members. 
It can also be used to capture the MAC address on devices such as Google Home, smart lights, etc.,  requiring an encrypted connection in order to view the MAC address prior to registering a device to the network.

Learn how to connect personal devices:

Students, Faculty and Staff
Game Consoles, Apple TV, Smart TVs and devices
Faculty Family Members

Restrictions on computer use


Students, Faculty and Staff

Windows, Mac*,  and iOS devices:

  1. Select PEA-Secure from your list of available wireless networks
  2. Enter your Academy username and password (NOT your Exeter email address)
  3. Accept (or Trust) the certificate.  From a Mac, you may be prompted for your Mac administrative username and password to save the Certificate Trust Settings
  4. Wait five to ten seconds and your device registration will be complete
  5. Open a browser and you are ready to surf the web

*Mac users may want to make a setting change to stabilize their PEA-Secure connection.  

Android and Chromebooks

  1. Select PEA-Secure from your list of available wireless networks
  2. Enter the following information, if prompted.  NOTE:  Not all Android devices require the same information.
    • EAP method:  PEAP
    • Phase 2 Authentication:  MSCHAPV2
    • CA certificate:  "Unspecified' or 'n/a' or 'Use system certificates' or 'Do not check' or 'Do not validate'
    • User certificate: 'Unspecified'
    • Identity:  your username (not Exeter email address)
    • Password:  Exeter password
    • Anonymous Identity: Leave blank
  3.  Click "Connect" button
  4. Accept the certificate, if prompted
  5. Open a browser and you are ready to surf the web

[back to top]


Registering Apple TV, Game Station Console, or other non-browser device:

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 Media Access Control Address (MAC) of the device in order to register it.  The MAC address is usually found on the network configuration page of the device or an app associated with the device. Learn how to find your MAC address.

Note:  If your device does not support "open networks" you will NOT be able to register it on the Academy network.


Once you have obtained the MAC address go to

https://r-r.exeter.edu/registration/GameRegister.jsp to register the device.  


Smart devices such as those from Amazon and Google, lights and plugs need to be registered to the Academy network at 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) Learn how to find your MAC address
  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.  

[back to top]



Guests must register their devices in order to connect to wireless access at Phillips Exeter Academy. 

To register for guest access:

  1. Select PEA-Guest from the list of available wireless networks
  2. A Network Registration webpage will appear
  3. Accept the Acceptable Use Policy
  4. Complete the Guest Registration form
  5. You will receive an email and/or text with a password
  6. Enter your email address and password provided to complete the registration
  7. After 5-10 seconds, your device will be connected to PEA-Guest
  8. Open a browser and you are ready to surf the web
  9. Guest registrations last for seven days.  Repeat to extend your registration beyond seven days.

[back to top]


Faculty Family

Faculty family members can register their devices to the Academy network without using a faculty member's network credentials.  Faculty members can obtain detailed documentation from the IT ExeterConnect Site.

[back to top]


Restrictions on Computer Use 
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 found in the e-book.


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