Hubs & Devices
You can register and use multiple devices on the BU network, as described below. Read the detailed instructions below to learn how.
About use of devices:
- Any device connected to the BU network must be registered on the network, either by connecting to the wired network and going through the NetReg process OR by authenticating via 802.1x on the wireless network.
- If you plan to use a device wirelessly, it needs to be capable of running 802.1x, as described on our wireless page. Otherwise, you will need to connect the device to the wired network, using a hub or switch. This is true even if the device works wirelessly at home.
- The IT Help Center will try to help. However, device troubleshooting can sometimes go beyond the scope of our support and we may have to recommend that you contact the manufacturer if we cannot get something working within the scope of a normal support call.
- You will only have one Ethernet jack per person for use of the wired network in your residence.
- Routers and wireless access points are not allowed in BU residence halls (because they can interfere with network access for other residents).
1. Connect the devices
You can hook up multiple devices using a hub or switch that you bring with you. Do not use a router or any wireless access point as they are prohibited in BU residences.
|What is the difference between a hub, a switch, and a router?
A router uses Network Address Translation (NAT) and does not work properly on the BU Residential Network. Instead, you want a “switch” or a “hub” different variations on the same theme, with the key point that they do not do their own network address translation.
2. Register the devices on the network
Computers that are connected to the wired network will display a prompt to use the standard NetReg process to register. However, devices such as Xbox 360s or VoIP phones must go through manual registration.
- In order to register a device, you will need to connect the device to the wired network and know the MAC address. A MAC address comes in the form of something like (00:00:00:00:00:00) where the 0 is either a number or letter.
- If you have any trouble finding the MAC address, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer or do an Internet search on something like “find MAC address for (name of device).”
- Note that if you intend to use the device wirelessly, it will have to be capable of running 802.1x. If that’s not an option, you will need to connect the device via wired network, using a hub or switch.
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