Indiana University

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: one with wireless capability, or with an Ethernet card and a network cable

You will also need to run Get Connected by logging into If you cannot run Get Connected, you will need to have the Support Center manually register your computer or device.

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 Getting your first computing accounts at IU.

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 Wireless access points in campus housing without IU wireless networks

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

If you have never connected to the Internet on campus, run Get Connected to register your computer for full access. To run Get Connected, you need to be running one of the following operating systems:

Computers running earlier versions of Mac OS, Linux computers, and game consoles must be manually registered; contact your campus Support Center. You cannot register earlier versions of Windows on the IU network in campus housing.

To run Get Connected:

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

  2. Open a web browser, and go to if you aren't directed there automatically.

  3. Click Continue.

  4. If you are a student, you will be redirected to Get Connected.

    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 Registering your 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 Get Connected to IU's network

Further information