Connect your Gaming Console, Apple TV, or Smart Device to Bates WiFi?

Bates College offers access to 3 Wireless (WiFi) Networks for individuals to choose from when on campus.

Bates Secure – Bates Secure is the primary WiFi Network for Bates Faculty, Staff, and Students and offers full WPA2 encryption.

Bates Open – The Bates Open WiFi Network is available for guests of the college. Bates Open is also used for connecting gaming consoles, Apple TVs, Smart Devices, etc. 

Eduroam – Bates Faculty, Staff, and Students visiting institutions in the US and around the world may connect to the Eduroam WiFi Network at participating institutions using their Bates College Username and Password. In turn, visitors to Bates from participating schools may access the Internet with the credentials provided by their home institutions.  

Smart Home Devices, such as smart lights, smart plugs, smart assistants (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod) often will not work on campus. Unfortunately, WiFi Printers are not supported on campus. We recommend connecting your printer directly to your computer or utilize a PaperCat printer located in various locations throughout campus.

You will want to begin this process from a computer that is already connected to the Internet.

  • From a web browser, such as Google Chrome login to with your Bates Username and Password
  • Click on Create Device
  • Complete the following fields to complete the registration process:
    • *MAC Address: Enter the MAC Address** of the device you want to connect to the Bates Wireless Network (Bates Open).
      • Example: 00-14-22-01-23-45
    • *Device Name: Provide a unique, but descriptive name for your console/device.
      • Example: YourBatesUsername PlayStation 5
      • If your device does not have a unique name, it may not get registered. If you use something like Tom’s PlayStation 5 and someone else has already registered and named their PlayStation 4 as Tom’s PlayStation 4, your device will not get connected.
    • AirGroup: Leave at the Default Setting.
    • Account Activation: Leave at the Default Setting.
    • Account Expiration: Leave at the Default Setting.
    • *Account Role: Leave at the Default Setting.
    • Notes: Add any Notes to wish to include. These are notes for your reference.
    • *Terms of Use: Add a checkmark to this box to accept the terms of use.
  • Click on the Create button
  • Logout when you have completed the registration process.
  • From your console/device connect to Bates Open WiFi and not Bates Secure.

*Required Fields

**In order to find the MAC Address for your specific console/device we would recommend performing a Google Search with the keywords: “How to find MAC Address Wireless (Console/device name)

  • The console/device name should be the name of the device you are trying to connect, i.e. Apple TV, XBox Series X, Chrome Cast, PlayStation 5.
  • Example: How to find the MAC Address Wireless Playstation 5

Your device will now be registered, and you will be able to connect to the Bates Wireless Network. You will want to make sure you are connecting your console/device to the Bates Open WiFi network and not Bates Secure

If your console/device is not receiving an IP Address and is not connecting to the Bates Wireless Network:

  • Shut down your console/device.
  • Disconnect it from the power source for 15 minutes.
  • Reconnect it, and you should now be receiving an IP Address.


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