What is IU DeviceNet?

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.

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Inappropriate use

Important:
Never connect a computer, tablet, smartphone, or any other device that has a web browser or support for WPA2/Enterprise encryption to IU DeviceNet. Use IU Secure instead. 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 or 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 computing device you use to send and receive personal or confidential data
  • Any device that can effectively connect to IU Secure

Appropriate use

IU DeviceNet is intended only for media devices and gaming consoles that either do not support WPA2/Enterprise encryption (and thus cannot connect to the IU Secure wireless network) or do not have a web browser (and thus cannot access the acceptable use page to connect to IU's AT&T wireless service). IU DeviceNet provides only general Internet access; it does not provide access to online IU resources (e.g., IUware and Canvas).

Devices that are appropriate for IU DeviceNet include:

  • Gaming systems such as Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and Wii U
  • Smart TV, DVR, or set-top boxes such as Apple TV, Roku, TiVo, and DVD players
  • Other media devices that require Internet access

Be careful when accessing online stores (e.g., Roku's store or Sony's PlayStation Network) where you can buy movies, games, and other products while using IU DeviceNet. Do not conduct transactions involving personal data (e.g., 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 using a secured network (e.g., IU Secure) for purchases or other transactions involving personal data, even though to do so you must switch from your game console or media device to a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Technical notes

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 devices. This is a known issue; see Google Help's AP isolation is enabled. Additionally, Chromecast devices do not support WPA2/Enterprise encryption, and therefore cannot connect to the IU Secure wireless network.
  • Apple 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 IU Secure; UITS recommends using Bluetooth for a Bluetooth personal area network connection or using a USB cable instead.

Connecting 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 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 Network ID username and passphrase:

  1. Find the MAC address; it will look similar to this:
     06:CA:12:F3:BC:7A.

    For help finding the MAC address of your PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, or Wii U, see At IU, how do I register my gaming console?

    For Apple TV, TiVo, Roku, and Amazon Fire devices, see How do I find the MAC address of my smart TV, DVR, or set-top box?

    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 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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