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Academic Technology Launchpad: Wireless

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

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On-Campus Wireless

wi-fi connected screenshotMadison College Technology Services recommends all Students, Faculty and Staff connect to the MC-Secure wireless network when using personal computers and devices on-campus. 

Access, Availability and Speed  

  • MC-Secure is a faster and more reliable connection
  • Use your Madison College username and password to connect the same username and password that you would use to login to campus computers. Do not use your email address.
  • If you later change your college account password, remember to change your password for MC-Secure and other applications on all your devices (laptops, phones, ...)
  • MC-Guest wireless access is limited 

Easy to Use   

  • Set up the wireless connection for MC-Secure and your device should automatically connect when you are on campus
  • Most devices should be able to connect to our MC-Secure wireless. Consult your user guide from your manufacturer for wireless capability information
  • Laptops that are property of Madison College are already set up to authenticate to the MC-Secure wireless network


  • Provides data encryption which secures your wireless session from eavesdropping
  • Check our Online Security and Wireless Guide to learn more about information security
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2

General Instructions - MC-Secure for Students, Faculty and Staff 

  • Open the Wireless connection option on your laptop or device
  • Choose the MC-Secure wireless network
  • Select Connect, if prompted
  • Enter your Madison College username. Do Not add the
  • Enter your Madison College password
  • Select OK, Connect, or Join

Setup Guides  - MC-Secure for Students, Faculty and Staff 

Step-by-step instructions - How to connect to MC-Secure

If Domain is requested, enter

Other Device Guides for MC-Secure

Chromebooks and other devices not listed above - use general MC-Secure wireless settings:

  • SSID: MC-Secure
  • Network Authentication (Security): WPA2 Enterprise/802.1x EAP
  • Authentication (EAP) Type: Protected EAP (PEAP)
  • PEAP Type: PEAPv0
  • PEAP Method (Inner Link Security): EAP-MSCHAPv2
  • Data Encryption Type (KEY): AES (or automatic)
  • Username/Identity: your Madison College Username. Do not add the
  • Password: your Madison College Password
  • Trusted Servers:
  • Trusted Root CA: AddTrust External CA Root (Comodo)

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If connecting to MC-Secure does not work automatically:

  1. Restart your laptop - turn it completely off and back onInstall any pending updates
  2.  Forget and re-add the MC-Secure network. 
  3. Do not use a VPN (virtual private network).

How to forget MC-Secure Network - Android

Select Wi-Fi settings in the settings menu. Select MC-Secure. Choose the Forget option. You can then re-add MC-Secure. 

How to forget MC-Secure Network - IOS 

Open the Settings and choose the General option.  Select the Profile option. Click remove for MC-Secure. Then you can re-add MC-Secure. 

If your Windows laptop or MAC still doesn't connect

Manual Setup Guides - MC-Secure for Students, Faculty and Staff

Most computers already have the required certificate already. If needed, click the Certificates tab for more information.

Need help? 

Certificate Authorities

Most computers should have the required certificate authority already, so most users will not need to follow these steps. 


The MC-Secure Certificate Authority was updated April 2017.  The certificate is AddTrust External CA Root (Comodo) and should already be available on most computers. Most devices should connect automatically and you won't have to make any changes.  

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If you have any issues connecting:

  • Forget and re-add the MC-Secure network connection.
  • Check your computer to see if you have the required Certificate - review the properties and settings for MC-Secure wireless or follow the Manual MC-Secure setup instructions. Most computers should have the certificate already.  In a few cases, you may need to add the certificate file. 

Be sure to read and follow the Installing Certificate Authority Instructions before you download (right-click) a Certificate file. 

Updates:  MC-Secure Certificate Authority was updated on April 20, 2017.   

MC-Guest: Visitor Access

Users who do not have Madison Area Technical College accounts may be able to access the wireless systems using "MC Guest" wireless. 

  • Usage limitations may apply and availability may be limited.
  • You will need to accept a usage agreement every time you connect. 

On-campus wireless notes

  • email: Use MC-Secure to receive college email on your wireless device. Exchange ActiveSync does not work with Guest Access.
  • Blackboard: Be sure to connect to MC-Secure due to limitations with MC-Guest.

Faculty and staff - Contact the Technology Services Help Desk.