College wifi

Im in a dorm and to connect to the wifi it doesnt use a password how can i set up my bulb without having to type in a password

Short answer: you can’t. Wyze devices don’t support that kind of network.

You can purchase a hotspot or WiFi extender that is able to connect to your college network, and then connect the bulb to that if you need.


I see it says WiFi, do you know if there is an Ethernet Drop in your room as well? If so you may have more options

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Im sorry im not familliar with wifi or technical terms what is an ethernet

I have a regular wifi password for my phone on campus but i tried to comnect it to that and it didnt work.

A wired network connection.

Honestly, if your dorm WiFi is unsecured, I would be very reluctant to use it for much of anything. Just assume that ANYTHING you do over an unsecured WiFi can be watched by anyone else. It’s not quite that bad, but since you are very non-technical, that is the safe assumption.


I just read into it and the wifi i have on campus requires a seperate page to login its the WPA2/WPA3-Enterprise which unfortunately is not supported by wyze.

Yes, which is why @IEatBeans suggested a device - typically a small router - that can handle the authentication for you. Gli.inet is one popular brand, but you might need a little tech help configuring things.


I have even used an old cell phone or computer to act as a hotspot for me in these situations. You connect to the internet with the old phone or a computer, then tell that device to act as a “Hotspot” with a password and now you have a passworded WiFi that can use “Sign in” WiFi from the college. Works great for hotels while I’m traveling. I do it all the time.


Interesting, @carverofchoice , I don’t think I’ve ever tried a phone for WiFi to WiFi connectivity. I would have expected it only would route from 3G to WiFi.

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I was surprised too, but since I did it with an old deactivated phone, mobile data was impossible, so it was for sure relaying the WiFi I was connected to.

Since then I’ve done the same with my primary phone and computers.

One of my computers doesn’t do it very well. I can’t remember the exact issue, but I was having some kind of connectivity issue with either the laptop being able to use internet while it did hotspot or the devices couldn’t connect well and I think it didn’t let me choose which band it would broadcast.

Point being that it may partially depend on the network card being used, but I have absolutely successfully done it with multiple devices, including some that are several years old like at least pre-2017, maybe more.

Very useful when traveling.

I will even run a VPN on the device before broadcasting the hotspot so anyone else on the public WiFi can’t intercept anything because now it’s all encrypted. Then i connect everything through that hotspot. :slight_smile:


Darn it, you’ve given me one less new toy to buy; I was looking forward to getting a cheap Gli.inet at some point. :wink:

I assume you mean a VPN from the device to a remote VPN server?


I was surprised three, but now I got a new project to try out! :grin:

Agreed, I think it has lot to do with this.

:+1: :+1:

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Do not deny yourself! They are such fun and useful toys! :grin:

I would presume so. And while I definitely going to try the @carverofchoice phone trick, “hotel vpn-ing” is a perfect use of a cheap gli net Mango, Slate, etc.

Their basic interface allows you to quickly setup any of several VPNs, plus they have this LuCI interface to OpenWRT where you do traffic monitoring and cron jobs ets. :+1: :+1:


Okay, @carverofchoice old chap, methinks you’ve led us down the primrose path. I gave it a shot.

  1. My current Android phone. Disabled mobile data. Turned on hotspot. Connected via laptop.

Result: No Internet connection. Can ping the phone from the laptop, but cannot ping anything on the Internet. (Different local subnets by the way.)

  1. My current Apple phone. Turned on airplane mode and re-enable WiFi. Alternately, went to Settings, Cellular, and set Cellular Data off.

Result (either way): “Personal Hotspot” option in Settings becomes dimmed out and unselectable.

A major failure. GL.inet here I come, and I may even learn to spell it properly.

Interesting. I believe you of course. I guess I got lucky with my devices then. It has definitely worked for me. Most recently I was using my Pixel 5 to do this.

As for the VPN, I use Windscribe. So my phone or laptop connects to the public WiFi, I have Windscribe run on the device, then I activate hotspot, then connect devices to the hotspot, and the device relays all the internet traffic encrypted through Windscribe so nobody can Man in the middle anything I am doing or read any non-secure traffic.

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