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

Improve your Wifi Experience

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

iPhone v. 14 and above.  You may need to disable Private Address in your PEA-Secure WiFi setting to complete the network registration.

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. For Amazon Kindles, you may be prompted to enter a domain, enter
    • 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'
    • TLS Version:  TLS v1.2
    • User certificate or Online certificate status: 'Unspecified' or 'Do not verify'
    • Domain, enter
    • Identity:  your username (not Exeter email address)
    • Password:  Exeter password
    • Anonymous Identity: Leave blank or remove the work Anonymous if populated
  3.  Click "Connect" button
  4. Accept the certificate, if prompted
  5. Open a browser and you are ready to surf the web

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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 to register the device.  


Smart devices such as those from Amazon and Google, lights, and plugs can be registered from any location on campus. These devices must be connected to PEA-Guest network.

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  

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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 and click Request Access
  5. You will be redirected to a WELCOME GUEST page with your email address and password populated
  6. A success page will appear with a bar counting down to complete your registration
  7. Once registered, you are ready to surf the web

If you have an additional device to register at the same time, look for the email with your email address and password.

Guest registrations last for seven days.  Repeat to extend your registration beyond seven days.

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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.

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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

Improve your Wifi Experience

  • Register all devices connecting to the Academy network (including smart devices such as Amazon Echo, Google Home. lights, etc.)
  • Turn off Wireless personal printers. Do not use the wireless feature in your printer, use a USB cable, or print to uPrint.
  • Update your Zoom client.  Check out our troubleshooting Zoom Connectivity tips.
  • Turn off mobile phone hot spots.
  • Run all updates for your operating system and applications. Make sure you run all updates when prompted.
  • Make sure all your drivers are up to date.
  • Restart or shut down your computer daily.  Closing the lid does not constitute shutting down your computer.

Please carefully read the Acceptable Use Policy found in the e-book.

Contact IT Customer Support Services at or 603-777-3693.