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 (802.11ac, 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 some departmental resources through a web browser via the Central Piedmont Cloud. SharePoint, Google Apps, email, and Jabber-based phone services are all available via the wireless network. Some sensitive network resources will not be available for security reasons.

Wireless Printing

Wireless printing is not supported, but you may use PrintAnywhere to print to any Central Piedmont-managed printer.

Available Wireless Networks

There are three wireless networks available at all Central Piedmont campuses:

  1. "CPCC:" This network is for Central Piedmont employees. You must have valid employee credentials are to connect.
  2. "CPCCStudent:" This network is for students. You must have valid student credentials to connect.
  3. "CPCCguest:" This network is for first-time enrolling students, one-time guests, and infrequent visitors. This network features a self-service portal to allow visitors a method to create their own accounts instantly. These sessions are temporary and have limited resources available to them.
    1. If you are a visitor or renting space at one of our campuses and were provided with a guest network account, please use the "CPCCStudent" network.

How to Connect

  • Employees: How to Connect to the "CPCC" Network

    1. Select the “CPCC” network in your device’s WiFi connection settings.
    2. When prompted for username and password, enter your employee credentials.
      1. If you are on an Android phone or tablet or a Chromebook, you will be prompted with additional configuration settings:

        1. EAP Method: EAP
        2. Phase 2 Authentication: MSCHAPV2
        3. CA Certificate: Use System Certificates
        4. Domain: CPCC.edu
        5. Anonymous Identity: leave blank
    3. After entering your credentials, you may receive a prompt about a trust certificate. Select the “join” or “connect” option on this prompt (the specific wording of this prompt can vary depending on your device).
  • Students: How to Connect to the "CPCCStudent" Network

    1. Select the “CPCCStudent” network in your device’s WiFi connection settings.
    2. When prompted for username and password, enter your Central Piedmont student credentials.
      1. If you are on an Android phone or tablet or a Chromebook, you will be prompted with additional configuration settings:

        1. EAP Method: EAP
        2. Phase 2 Authentication: MSCHAPV2
        3. CA Certificate: do not check
        4. Anonymous Identity: leave blank
    3. After entering your credentials, you may receive a prompt about a trust certificate. Select the “join” or “connect” option on this prompt (the specific wording of this prompt can vary depending on your device).
  • Guests: How to Connect to the "CPCCguest" Network

    The guest network has limited access to Central Piedmont network resources and internet destinations.

    1. Select the “CPCCguest” network in your device’s WiFi connection settings.
    2. Once your device connects, you will be automatically taken to a web page.
      1. Some devices may not open this page automatically.
      2. If a page does not open automatically, simply open a web browser and load a website. You should then be redirected automatically.
    3. On this webpage, enter your cell phone number and click the continue button.
    4. You will be taken to a page prompting you for an authorization code. You will receive this code via text message (SMS) to the phone number you entered on the previous page.
    5. Enter the authorization code and click the "Sign-in" button to finish connecting to the "CPCCguest" network.

    Your access will be limited to one session per guest authorization code. If your device disconnects from the "CPCCguest" network, you will need to go through the connection process again.