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Networking in campus housing

To connect to the Indiana University network in IUB or IUPUI campus housing, you will need the following:

  • An IU Network ID
  • A connection-ready computer, i.e., one with wireless capability, or with an Ethernet card and a network cable

You will also need to run Get Connected (if you're running Windows 8.x, 7, or Vista) or navigate to https://dhcp.iu.edu/ and follow the prompts (if you're running Mac OS X). If you encounter problems, you'll need to have the Support Center manually register your computer or device.

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Network ID

You need an IU Network ID before you can connect to the IU network. If you are a student, you will receive your Network ID when you create your first computing accounts, or during orientation. If you are a visiting scholar or faculty member, make arrangements with your sponsoring department for a Network ID. See About creating first computing accounts for admitted students, faculty, staff, and affiliates.

Connection-ready computer

Ethernet connections are available throughout IUB and IUPUI campus housing, and wireless connections through IU Secure are available in most campus housing; see Wireless locations on campus. Choose a connection based on your computer's capability and your convenience.

Note: Non-FCC compliant devices are not allowed on the IU network; see At IU, what devices are permitted on the network?

Wireless connection

Your computer will need wireless capability to connect to the IU wireless network; almost all computers manufactured over the last several years are wireless ready.

Connect your computer to the IU Secure wireless network, if it is available. See Wireless networking in IUB and IUPUI campus housing.

If IU Secure is not available, and you want to configure your own wireless access point, see At IUB, if my campus residence does not yet have IU Secure wireless network access, how do I configure a wireless access point?

Wired (Ethernet) connection

Your computer will need a 10BASE-T or faster Ethernet adapter or card to connect to the IU network. Your laptop or desktop may have an Ethernet card installed; an 8-pin Ethernet port will look similar to the following:

RJ45 port
RJ45 Ethernet port

You will also need a network cable:

  • IUPUI: In Ball Residence Hall, the Campus Apartments on the Riverwalk, and the Tower, you may use a commercial Ethernet cable.

  • Indiana University Bloomington: In Briscoe, Union Street Center, 3rd & Union, Rose Hall, and Tulip Tree apartments, you will need to provide your own standard Cat 5 or Cat 6 Ethernet straight-through patch cord. In all other campus housing, you will find an IU proprietary Ethernet crossover cable attached to the wall data jack.

Get Connected

Note: Use Get Connected to register computers running Windows 8.x, 7, or Vista with Service Pack 2. Use the IU DHCP page (navigate to https://dhcp.iu.edu/ and follow the on-screen prompts) to register computers running Mac OS X, most Linux computers, smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and gaming consoles. Contact your campus Support Center to register a personal computer running an earlier version of Windows or an Internet-capable television device. Computers running outdated operating systems and other devices that do not meet IU's security standards cannot be registered. For more, see How do I register my computer or networked device on the IU network?

To run Get Connected:

  1. Log into your computer as an administrator (see About your device's administrator account).

  2. Either make a wireless connection to IU Secure, or plug your computer's network cable into the data jack in your room.

  3. Download and install Get Connected for Windows.

  4. Follow the instructions on the site.

    If you are a faculty or staff member, you can choose to run Get Connected to secure your computer for Internet access (recommended) or continue to use the Internet without running Get Connected.

Get Connected will register your computer automatically. If you do not run Get Connected, you will have to register it yourself; see How do I register my computer or networked device on the IU network?

Note: Before moving into your campus residence, you can run Get Connected in off-campus mode; getting connected to the IU network will be faster once you move in.

For more, see At IU, what is Get Connected, and how do I use it?

Further information