How to connect to wireless networks at South Dakota Mines


There are three primary wireless networks at the South Dakota Mines campus:

  1. sdsmtwpa
    The secured network is used by campus-owned computer systems only, such as staff computers and student laptops enrolled in the Student Laptop Program. Devices connected to this network are able to access protected network resources like shared drives and printers. Personal computers and mobile devices will not be able to connect to this network. 
  2. sdsmtopn
    Available for public access including personally-owned computers and mobile devices. Computers connected to this network can only access protected resources by connecting to the VPN .  
  3. eduroam
    Mainly for members of other SD Board of Regents schools to be able to connect to the Internet. Only a small number of connections are available for this network.


Windows 10 and above.


To connect to a wireless network:

  1. Go to Settings → Network & internet → Wi-Fi → Show available networks

    • On Windows 11, click on the group of icons located in the bottom right corner of the taskbar​​​​​​.

      Click on the right arrow button next to the network/wi-fi icon

    • On Windows 10, click on the network icon  located in the bottom right corner of the taskbar.
  2. A list of available wireless networks should appear and choose the appropriate network to join (sdsmtwpa, sdsmtopn, or eduroam).

  3. If the connection is successful, the available networks will show "Connected" on the network you joined and signal strength will be displayed in the icon in your taskbar.