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IU DeviceNet is a wireless network (SSID) at Indiana University intended to provide internet connectivity to media devices and gaming consoles in campus apartments and residence halls.

If you live in a residential building, use IU PublicNet to register your device.

Inappropriate use

Never connect a computer, tablet, smartphone, or any other device that has a web browser or support for WPA2/Enterprise encryption to IU DeviceNet. IU DeviceNet is an unencrypted network and will not prompt you for a username or passphrase when you connect. Without encryption, any data transmitted between your device and the wireless access point, including personal data such as credit card numbers and account passwords, could be intercepted by others.

Devices that are inappropriate for IU DeviceNet include:

  • Laptop and desktop computers
  • Mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, iPads, and tablets)
  • Any device you use to send and receive personal or confidential data
  • Any device that can effectively connect to the campus wireless network
    eduroam is replacing IU Secure as the default wireless network for students, faculty, staff, and affiliates on all IU campuses, and you can use it now. UITS will retire IU Secure in the fall of 2020.

Appropriate use

IU DeviceNet is intended only for media devices and gaming consoles that either do not support WPA2/Enterprise encryption (and therefore cannot connect to the IU Secure or eduroam wireless network) or do not have a web browser (and therefore cannot access the acceptable use page to connect to the IU Guest wireless service).

IU DeviceNet provides only general internet access; it does not provide access to online IU resources, such as IUware and Canvas.

Devices that are appropriate for use with IU DeviceNet include:

  • Gaming systems
  • Smart TVs, DVRs, and set-top boxes (such as Apple TV and Roku), and DVD players
  • Other media devices that require internet access

Be careful when accessing online stores to buy movies, games, and other media while using IU DeviceNet. Do not conduct transactions involving personal data, such as credit card numbers or account passwords, over DeviceNet unless you are sure your data are secured by SSL/TLS or some other web security protocol. UITS strongly recommends that you switch from your game console or media device to a computer, smartphone, or tablet that is connected to a secure campus network when you need to make purchases or conduct other transactions involving personal data.

Incompatible devices

Some devices and services are incompatible with IU DeviceNet because network routers have access point (AP) isolation enabled. Incompatible devices and services include but are not limited to:

  • Chromecast and Google Home devices: This is a known issue; see Google's AP isolation is enabled or Having trouble setting up Google Home? Additionally, Chromecast and Google Home devices do not support WPA2/Enterprise encryption, and therefore cannot connect to the campus wireless network.
  • Bonjour services: Although Apple TVs are supported, Apple Bonjour services, such as AirPlay and AirTunes, are not supported on networks that have AP isolation enabled.
  • Wireless printers; These devices cannot connect to IU DeviceNet or the campus wireless network. UITS recommends using either a USB cable or Bluetooth instead.
  • Roku Stick: Most Roku Sticks will work on DeviceNet with some feature limitations. Controlling the Roku Stick via the mobile app will not work due to AP isolation, but the Roku Stick should work with its included Roku remote.
  • Amazon Echo and Dot devices: Amazon Echo and Dot devices create an mDNS when they are configured on a network. For security reasons, this type of output is not permitted on the IU network.
  • Devices controlled by mobile apps: Any device that requires a mobile app to control it won't work due to AP isolation.

Connect your media or gaming device to the internet via IU DeviceNet

For your media device or gaming console to connect to the internet via IU DeviceNet, its network adapter must be registered with the IU DeviceNet service. Although your device will be able to connect to IU DeviceNet before its network adapter is registered, it will receive only a private IP address (in the 10.182.x.x range), which will prevent it from connecting to the internet. Once its network adapter is registered, your device will be able to receive a public IP address (in the 140.182.x.x or 149.16x.x.x range), which will allow it to connect to the internet.

Registration involves accessing the online registration page (from an internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone) to associate your device's MAC address with your University account:

  1. Find the MAC address; it will look similar to this:

    For help finding the MAC address of your PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, or Wii U, see Register your gaming console at IU.

    For Apple TV, TiVo, Roku, and Amazon Fire devices, see Find your smart TV, DVR, or set-top box's MAC address.

    Alternatively, consult the manufacturer's documentation for your device.

  2. Use an internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone to access the IU DeviceNet registration page. (If you need to go to another location to access the web, remember to record your device's MAC address and bring it with you.)

Approximately 15 minutes after it's registered, your media device or gaming console should be able to get a public IP address (in the 140.182.x.x or 149.16x.x.x range) and connect to the internet. If, after 15 minutes, your device still won't connect to the internet, try powering it off and restarting it. If the problem persists, contact your campus Support Center.

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Last modified on 2020-07-06 10:18:44.

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