Wireless Device Registration

Devices must be registered in ClearPass before they can be connected to the ACRegistered wireless network. ClearPass is a system at Alma College that allows users to register their digital devices, connect them to the ACRegistered campus wireless network, and share those devices with other users on the network. 

How Does ClearPass Work?

ClearPass allows users to manage network-enabled devices and sharing through an easy-to-use website. Each registered device is identified in the system with a MAC address. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to each device. Simply locate your device’s MAC address, register it on the ClearPass website, and connect the device to the ACRegistered wireless network. That’s it!

What devices should be registered with ClearPass?  

Most common gaming systems, video streaming devices, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices should be registered through ClearPass and connected to the ACRegistered wireless network. Examples include: 

  • Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo consoles 
  • Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, smart TVs 
  • Amazon Echo/Alexa 

Desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones do not need to be registered. These devices can connect to the secure and encrypted ACWLAN wireless network using your Alma username and password. 

Find Your Device’s  Wireless  MAC Address  

Typically, the easiest way to find your device’s  wireless  MAC address is to do an Internet search for your device type with the phrase “MAC address.” For example, to find the MAC address for an Xbox One, search for “ xbox  one MAC address” on Google. If you need help finding your device’s MAC address, please contact the ITS Helpdesk.  

Register Your Device

Devices are registered through the Alma College ClearPass website. This website is only available on the Alma College campus. 

1. Visit the website https://clearpass.alma.edu 

2. Enter your Alma username and password and click “Log In”

ClearPass login page

 3. Click on “Create Device”  

Guest manager screen

 4. Enter the requested device information:

a. Device Nickname: Nickname of your choice for the device.

b. MAC Address: The device’s MAC address.

c. AirGroup: Checked by default, AirGroup allows your device to be made available to others. This must be checked for Apple TVs, Chromecasts, and other devices that will be available to others. Uncheck this box if the device will not be shared.

d. Shared With: If AirGroup is checked, you must list the Alma usernames of all people who will be sharing the device here.

5. Click “Create Device”

Register Device window

 Your device is now registered with ClearPass.

Device Registered screen

Please connect your device to the ACRegistered wireless network. If the device is unable to connect, please verify that you entered the correct MAC address. If the MAC address was entered correctly, please contact the ITS Helpdesk for assistance. 

Manage Your Devices

Need to share an existing wireless device with a new user, or remove a device from ClearPass?  You can manage all of your registered devices on the ClearPass website. Remember, this site is only available on the Alma College campus.

1. Visit the website https://clearpass.alma.edu 

2. Enter your Alma username and password and click “Log In”

ClearPass login page

 3. Click on “Manage Devices”  

Guest Manager screen

 4. Click the device that you want to manage. Options for removing the device or editing it will display.

a. Remove: Choose Remove if you want to unregister your device with ClearPass. You can disable your device, which will not remove it, but make it unable to connect to the wireless network, or you can delete it. Once you have made your selection, click the “Make Changes” button.

b. Edit: Choose Edit if you want to rename your device, change the MAC address, or edit the AirGroup sharing properties. Once you have made your desired changes, click the “Update Device” button.