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How to Connect to Olds College Wi-Fi

There is a free, public wireless network covering all of the buildings on campus called OldsCollegeWifi.  This is the perfect network for guests and users that do not have Olds College login credentials or require network access for mobile devices. 

This network provides internet access only and is the easiest network to connect to, with no password requirements.  This network does not allow access to file servers, print servers or any other network resources. Note that if you are using an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod), this unsecure network does not have a lock beside the network name.

There is also a secure wireless network covering all of the buildings on campus called OldsCollegeSecure.  Connect to this network with your Olds College username and password if you require network access to printers, projectors, or network file storage. This is the most common network for student laptops, and tablets. Note that if you are using an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod), this secure network has a lock beside the network name.

You must manually connect to OldsCollegeSecure (much like you do for other public access wireless networks). This can be used from most laptops, tablets and/or smartphones.

How to Add Wi-Fi to iPad/iPhone

How to Connect to OldsCollegeSecure

  • Connect to the OldsCollegeSecure with your wireless connection on your device (as you do for other public networks).
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  • Type your username - this is the same as your Olds College network log in.
  • Type your password - this is the same as your Olds College network password.
  • Click "Join" blue button on the top right corner.
  • Accept the Certificate.
  • Your device will be connected to the OldsCollegeSecure network.

When you use your Olds College network username and password, you may use your laptop to access Olds College network resources. See Opening a Network Location for more information on how to access these resources.


Opening a Network Location

There are some capabilities to access Olds College Network resources using your personal computer. Please ensure that your computer is free of viruses and that it's security applications are up to date before accessing College network resources.

The first thing you need to do is connect to the Olds College Wireless or an on campus network wire. In most cases, you need to be physically on the Olds College campus to access the Olds College network. The only exceptions are using the VPN (Staff/Faculty only) or using a tool such as DropBox. 

Once you have an Olds College network connection (by using the wireless, a wired connection or the VPN), you can open some Olds College Network resources.

Common Network Locations:

  • \\files\staff\username – the location of the staff/faculty personal (H) drive (replace username with your user name)
  • \\files\student\IDNumber – the location of the student personal (H) drive (replace IDNumber with your student ID number
  • \\files\share – the location of the staff/faculty shared files (S) drive
On your personal computer:
  • Click Start
  • Type the name of the network resource, including the \\ as listed above in bold
  • Enter your Olds College network username when prompted, including the domain name: WIN\username
  • Enter your Olds College network password

You can then use the network location (or install a printer). You will need to re authenticate each time to attempt to connect to an Olds College network resource with your personal computer.

For information on how to do this with a personal MAC computer (OS X only) - visit Apple's website here: OS X 10.9previous version of OS X. Note: This is provided for your information only. Olds College IT is not responsible for the accuracy of this information.

Network Access

Staff and faculty are able to access network files from off-campus. This will need to be set up for you specifically. Come to the Learning Commons  to request this access. There is a special VPN client that must be installed on your computer as well as settings that must be done on your network log in account. 

Install VPN

You can download the latest VPN client from Forticlient.  Click run or double click the downloaded file.


Click Yes and select Next


Choose VPN Only


Default Folder is fine


Click Install to start installing.

How to use VPN

Double-click the FortiClient SSL VPN Icon


If it's not on your desktop as a shortcut, you can click the start button and type in FortiClient in the search bar. It should be listed under Programs. You can right-click on the link and Send to --> Desktop (create shortcut).

Open program. 

  • Connection Name: Olds College VPN
  • Server Address:
  • The Username is the name you use to login to the computers at the college
  • Add your network username and password
  • Click Connect
  • You may see a security warning (the first time), click Yes on this message.


You may see the Network Type message below - select Work Network.

Work Network
  • Open this network location for your H drive:\\\staff\username (replace username with your username) or for the S drive: \\\share  
  • Log in when prompted with this security window. Note that it defaults to your computer (Domain: SHAWNAW7 in this example):
  • Type WIN\ and your username and your network password like this example
Post Log-in

Use the files directly from the server as you need to. This connection will be a little slower than when you are on campus. When you are finished, click Disconnect on the FortiClient SSLVPN window.

Olds College VPN Access on Macs

1. Go to:

2. Scroll down and click on the Install VPN bar to open and view the text

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3. Click on the Forticlient link

4. Scroll down and then click the Download button

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5. Once download has completed, click on the FortiClientOnlineInsta….dmg file to open

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6. Double click the FortiClientUpdate installer

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7. Click Open

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8. Once the download has completed, click the Install button


9. Work through the Installer

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10. On the Installation Type page, click the Customize button

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11. Remove the checkmark for Other Components

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12. Click the Install button

13. Installer will proceed after you enter your credentials

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14. Click Close once software installation is complete

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15. Open Applications window and run FortiClient

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16. Configure FortiClient, click on the small gear icon and select Add a new connection

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17. Enter the following:

  • Connection Name: Olds College
  • Remote Gateway:
  • Customize Port: 10443
  • Authentication: Remove checkmark to Save Login
  • Click Add button
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18. Enter your username (add win\ before your username, e.g. win\jsmith) and password

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19. Click the Connect button

20. Click Continue to Invalid server certificate message

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21. Once connected, the display will look as shown below

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22. Open Finder and select the Go menu and then select Connect to Server

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23. Type in: smb://

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24. Enter your username and password (add win\ to the front of your username)

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25. Select the resource you need, like Share (S: drive) or Staff (H: drive) and then click OK

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26. Once connected you will see the folder and files you wish to access

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27. When finished using the VPN, go back to the FortiClient Application and click the Disconnect button

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28. All done. Next time you can start at step #18

29. If you have any further questions, please contact the Learning Commons Help Desk