How to Connect to the Central Piedmont Wireless Network

Wireless Network Requirements

To connect to the wireless network, you will need:

  1. A wireless device that is compatible with WiFi networks (802.11a, 802.11g or 802.11n) and is also compatible with the 802.1x protocol (most modern devices are compatible).
  2. A valid Central Piedmont username and password or guest authorization code.

We cannot offer open access to Central Piedmont wireless networks. Central Piedmont's network is considered a public network. Public networks are subject to specific security and audit standards. These standards require all users to be tracked so we must have all users login to our network, including guests. Fortunately, the wireless network has a self-service portal for guests of the Central Piedmont community to make it easier on first time users or infrequent guests.

In most cases, you will have access to departmental resources if the information is accessible via a web browser or is "cloud enabled." SharePoint, Google Apps, email, and Lync-based phone services are all available via the wireless network. Some sensitive network resources will not be available for security reasons. Wireless printing is not supported.

Available Wireless Networks

There are two wireless networks:

  1. CPCC: The CPCC wireless network is for both Central Piedmont employees and students. This network requires you to use a valid Central Piedmont username and password. Students must enter @lab.cpcc.edu after their username when connecting.
  2. CPCCguest: The CPCCguest network features a self-service portal to allow guests a method to create their own accounts instantly. These sessions are temporary and have limited resources available to them.

Connecting to the Network as a Central Piedmont Student or Employee

  • Students and Employees: Connecting an Android Device

    1. Go to "Settings".
    2. Select the "CPCC" network, not the "CPCCguest" network.
    3. In the connection settings use the following configuration
      1. For the EAP method, select “PEAP” from the drop-down box
      2. Make sure both the Phase2 Authentication is selected for “Automatic” and Server CA Certification is set to “Do Not Validate.”
    4. Enter your username.
      1. Students should use: lab\username or username@lab.cpcc.edu.
      2. Faculty/staff should use: cpcc\username or username@cpcc.edu.
    5. Enter your password and click "OK."
    6. Click Connect.

    Connecting an Android device video.

  • Students and Employees: Connecting a Windows 7 Device

    1. Click on the wireless icon in the lower right-hand corner of the start bar.
    2. Select the "CPCC" network, not the "CPCCguest" network.
    3. Enter your username.
      1. Students should use: lab\username or username@lab.cpcc.edu.
      2. Faculty/staff should use: cpcc\username or username@cpcc.edu.
    4. Enter your password and click "OK."
    5. A Windows security box will display. Make sure that you select "Connect."
    6. To verify that you are connected, click on the wireless icon. "Connected" should display next to the CPCC Wireless Network connection.

    Connecting a Windows 7 device video.

  • Students and Employees: Connecting a Windows 8 Device

    1. Select the "Desktop"tile from your start screen.
    2. Click on the wireless icon in the lower right-hand corner of the start bar.
    3. Select the "CPCC" network, not the CPCCguest network.
    4. Enter your username.
      1. Students should use: lab\username or username@lab.cpcc.edu.
      2. Faculty/staff should use: cpcc\username or username@cpcc.edu.
    5. Enter your password and click "OK."
    6. A Windows security box will display. Make sure that you select "Connect."
    7. To verify that you are connected, click on the wireless icon. "Connected" should display next to the CPCC Wireless Network connection.

    Connecting a Windows 8 device video.

  • Students and Employees: Connecting an iPhone/iPad

    1. Click on the "Settings" app.
    2. Select the "WiFi" option from the menu on the left.
    3. Select the "CPCC" network, not the "CPCCguest" network.
    4. Enter your username.
      1. Students should use: lab\username or username@lab.cpcc.edu.
      2. Faculty/staff should use: cpcc\username or username@cpcc.edu.
    5. Enter your password and click "Join."
    6. When the network connection is made, a blue check mark will appear next to the "CPCC" network.

    Connecting an iPhone/iPad video.

  • Students and Employees: Connecting a Mac OS X Device

    1. Click on the wireless icon in the upper right-hand side of the Apple bar.
    2. Select the "CPCC" network, not the "CPCCguest" network.
    3. Enter your username.
      1. Students should use: lab\username or username@lab.cpcc.edu.
      2. Faculty/staff should use: cpcc\username or username@cpcc.edu.
    4. Enter your password and click "Join."
    5. You will be prompted to accept a security certificate, click "Accept."
    6. If you are an administrator on your device, you may be prompted to enter your password to change the certificate settings. Enter your password and click "Update Settings."
    7. To verify that you are connected, click on the wireless icon. A checkbox will display next to the CPCC Wireless Network connection.

    Connecting a Mac/OS X device video.

  • Students and Employees: Connecting a Chromebook Device

    1. Power on your Chromebook. If you are using it for the first time, you will be prompted to get connected to the internet.
    2. Select a network. When you click the drop down menu it will display the available SSID
      • If you are a current student or employee, please use the “CPCC” SSID, not the "CPCCguest" network.
      • If you are new student or guest to the college, please use the “CPCCguest” network.
    3. Once the SSID is selected, “Join to the Wi-Fi network” window pops up. On this menu:
      • For the EAP method: Select “PEAP” from the drop down box.
      • Make sure both the Phase2 Authentication is selected for “Automatic” and Server CA Certification is set to “Default.”
    4. Navigate to identity to enter your username.
    5. Verify your network icon status bar is showing connected, or click on the Network icon to verify that the display indicates “Connected to CPCC” or "Connected to CPCCguest."

    Connecting a Chromebook video.

  • Students and Employees: Accessing the Central Piedmont Network Remotely

Guest Access

  • Connecting to the Central Piedmont Guest Network

    The new guest access will work by text message (SMS). You will simply connect to ‘CPCCguest’ with your wireless device and open a web browser. A mobile phone that can receive text messages (SMS) is required to access this network.

    • If you are not automatically prompted, open a web browser and attempt to connect to a web page. You will be redirected to the Central Piedmont guest login page.
    • In the “Phone Number” box, enter your 10-digit mobile phone number and then click “Continue.”
    • The web page will change, allowing you to enter an authorization code.
    • Shortly after, you will receive an authorization code via text message.
    • Enter the code you received by text into the “Authorization Code” box and select “sign in.”
    • You should now be connected to the guest network.

    The guest network is intended for first time enrolling students, one-time guests, and infrequent visitors. Your access will be limited to one session per guest authorization code. The guest network will have limited access to Central Piedmont network resources and internet destinations.