Connecting Computers to Taft's Wireless Network

Taft Wireless Connectivity (last updated November 30, 2013)

Quick FAQs

What can I connect?

Students are allowed up to 4 connected devices. You will be able to connect laptops, smartphones, printers, ipads, desktops, etc.

Instructions for computers Instructions for smartphones and tablet devices

How long will the registration take?

The registration process is very quick and simple. It will only take 3-4 minutes to get your devices connected to the network. At this time, you should not need very much assistance to complete the process.

Can I just connect to the Taft Guest network?

The Taft Guest network is only offered in specific areas of the campus, and only at certain times during the day. It also doesn't have access to on-campus resources, like printers, TaftNet, etc. Faculty, staff and students must register their devices get beyond these restrictions.

Can I use this process to connect my non-computer devices?

This process is only recommended if you are registering a Mac or PC computer. If you are registering a mobile phone or a tablet device (iPad, Galaxy Note, etc.), again click here to use the mobile device process instead. If you are trying to register any other types of devices (printers, AppleTV, etc), please contact us for assistance.

Can I have my own wireless router in my room to connect my devices?

No, students are not allowed to connect routers to the Taft network. They are treated as rogue devices by the campus network.

My computer keeps going back to Connect-Wifi instead of TaftAir-N. How can I set it to go to TaftAir-N instead?

You must set TaftAir-N as your first Preferred Network. Here is how you can do it with the different operating systems:

Mac OS 10.6.8 and older Computers

Go to System Preferences > Network > Airport > Advanced > find TaftAir-N in your Preferred Networks list, highlight and drag to the top of the list. Delete any networks you no longer use by highlighting them and clicking on the (-) sign.

Mac OS 10.7 and newer Computers

Go to System Preferences > Network > Airport > Advanced > find TaftAir-N in your Preferred Networks list, highlight and drag to the top of the list. Delete any networks you no longer use by highlighting them and clicking on the (-) sign.

Mac iOS Devices - iPhone, iPad...

Go to Settings > Wifi > view the "CHOOSE A NETWORK... list > touch the "i" of the network you do NOT want to connect to > select "Forget This Network".

Windows Vista and newer Computers

Go to Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > View Network Status and Tasks > Manage Wireless Networks > select TaftAir-N > click on Move Up to bring TaftAir-N to the top of the list.

Android Devices (your particular device directions may vary depending on OS version)

Go to the Menu button > Settings > Wifi button > Wifi Networks > select the network you do NOT want to connect to > select "Forget..."

Connecting your computer to the wireless network

In order to connect your computer to Taft's Wireless network, you must register it with the Network Access Control appliance. Please follow these instructions:

  1. Connect your computer to the wireless network called Connect-Wifi . You will not be prompted for any password or phrase. If you accidentally connect to TaftAir-N at this time, you will not be lead through all the steps needed to register. Simply change back to Connect-Wifi.

  2. Open a web browser and go to any website. You will redirected to: http://netsentry.taftschool.org/registration
  3. Click on the link for Faculty, Staff and Students.

  4. The Client Registration page will open. Please read the instructions, noting that you will need to install a network agent on your computer. This agent will help you to ensure that you have the proper protections on your computer: McAfee Anti-Virus, and operating system updates. Enter your network username and password and click Continue.

  5. If you are on a cell phone or tablet device, you will not need to download a persistent agent, so you will not see this next step. If you are on a laptop or desktop computer, you must find and run the downloaded program, and the Bradford agent installation starts. Here are screen shots of the PC and Mac installation programs:


  6. Follow all the installation steps until you arrive at the Bradford Login screen. Enter your username network password again.

  7. The agent will now disconnect you from the Connect-Wifi network and connect you to the TaftAir-N network. It will take about 45 seconds for this change to take place, and you will see a countdown and progress bar during the process. You will then be fully registered on the TaftAir-N network. You will not have to go through any registration or authentication process again on this computer, unless you delete the persistent agent. From this point forward, you can re-connect your computer directly to TaftAir-N when you are connecting to the network. If you are on a phone or an iPad, you may be prompted for the passphrase for TaftAir-N. The code is Rhino-2014.

If you have any questions during this process, please call the Taft IT department at 860-945-7990.