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The HWS network can be accessed off-campus by the Virtual Private Network (VPN), allowing access to the HWS network drives.

For students from other colleges that are taking classes with HWS professors and need access to Canvas or ArcGIS.

The HWS campus provides three for students, staff, faculty, and a public network for the community and certain devices (gaming consoles, smart TVs, other smart devices).

HWS provides you with an HWS e-mail account which is accessible from most devices, browsers, and e-mail clients (i.e. mail apps on smartphones, Outlook, Entourage, etc.).

Connect Smart TVs, gaming consoles, and other smart devices to the HWS network.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges has access to ESRI ArcGIS 10.X for desktop and associated resources for working with spatial data through a campus-wide education license. Both desktop software and online mapping tools are available, including the Community Analyst (demographic analysis) and Business Analyst (market research) tools. The ESRI software tool platform, ArcGIS, is a commercial GIS software tool that is widely used to display and examine spatial data. In addition to ESRI desktop tools, users can also share created data on the Internet using ArcServer and ArcGIS Online for Organizations software.

Eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. Eduroam allows students, researchers, and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across participating campuses on their devices.

Students, faculty, and staff can use the HWS Large File Transfer system to securely share files that are too large for normal e-mail attachments. This system allows sending files up to 2GB by e-mailing a link to a secure download Web site that the recipient can click to access.

HWS provides free TV streaming through SpectrumU. Students and employees can access up to 80 TV Channel apps, such as popular entertainment, international, and sports channels (see below) using your HWS credentials. Along with live TV, SpectrumU offers a sizeable on-demand library with previous episodes, full series, and hit movies when you watch on campus. You can also record up to 20 shows and watch them anytime using cloud DVR for on-campus viewing.

Each HWS network user has an account login ID and password, or HWS credentials. HWS credentials are used to access the HWS network and resources such as file share, e-mail, online learning management software, IT service requests, and much more.

Space on Colleges' Web servers is available to HWS community members for academic purposes. Editing access may be granted to one or more people. Web sites are created under http://people.hws.edu/web_site_name.

IT Services provides a Web-based video conferencing tool to allow faculty and staff to conduct meetings online.

IT Services provides a web-based survey tool that may be used by students, faculty and staff at the Colleges. This tool may be used for both simple and complex surveys, and offers an easy-to-use interface, various question types and options, user-friendly survey URLs, and mass e-mail and reporting capabilities.

HWS provides multiple ways for students, faculty, and staff to store and collaborate on files.

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) provides an additional layer of security when logging into HWS applications on a device for the first time. MFA verifies your identity by requiring additional credentials, like a PIN or answering a challenge question. Once the PIN is entered or the challenge questions are answered, MFA will remember your login on that device for 30 days. You will have to enter MFA credentials once every 30 days on a trusted device so that the security measure remains effective without too much inconvenience to you.