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.
On this page:
- Network ID
- Connection-ready computer
- Get Connected
- Further information
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.
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?
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 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
- 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.
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 Registering your computer or networked device on the IU network
To run Get Connected:
- Log into your computer as an administrator (see About your device's administrator account).
- Either make a wireless connection to IU Secure, or plug your
computer's network cable into the data jack in your room.
- Download and install Get Connected for
- 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 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
- At IUB, once you are connected to the network,
you can print from your campus housing residence to your
Residential Technology Center's (RTC's) network
printer. For instructions, see How do I manually connect my Windows computer or tablet to the printers in the IUB STCs and RTCs? or How do I manually connect my Mac OS X computer to the printers in the IUB STCs and RTCs?
- Use a surge protector to protect your computer, printer, peripherals, and other electronic equipment from power surges.