Connect to the network in IU Bloomington or IU Indianapolis campus housing

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Before you begin

You need a University account before you can connect to the IU network. If you are a student, you receive that account 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 University account.


Wireless connections

Connect your device to eduroam, if available.

If eduroam is not available, and you want to configure your own wireless access point, see Configure a wireless access point at IU Bloomington if your campus residence does not yet have wireless.

Wired (Ethernet) connections

Before you can make a wired connection

To connect a wired (Ethernet, cabled) device to the IU network, you first need to register the device.
If your device needs to be manually registered on the network by a UITS consultant, but for any reason you miss your appointment, your device will be removed from the network for security reasons. Contact the Support Center to reschedule an appointment.

Equipment you need

  • Your device 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:
    • IU Bloomington: To determine what type of Ethernet cable is needed, see Ethernet cables for Bloomington residences.

      If your room uses a standard Ethernet cable, you will need to provide the cable yourself. If your room uses the proprietary IU Ethernet cable and it is not provided upon arrival, SCIPS is open for IU crossover cable pickups.

    • IU Indianapolis: In Ball Residence Hall, the Campus Apartments on the Riverwalk, North Hall, and the Tower, use a standard Ethernet cable.

    Purchase a standard Cat 5 or Cat 6 Ethernet straight-through patch cord at any electronics store.

Make a wired connection

Wired connectivity through Aruba access points

Aruba is the brand of access point (AP) installed in IU campus buildings and residential spaces. Aruba devices transmit wifi signals to connect to eduroam, IU PublicNet, and IU Guest. Ethernet ports are available on the Aruba for wired connections. IU wall cables will not work on Aruba devices.

The first port on Aruba devices will not transmit signal to connect to IU networks. To use a wired connection, plug a straight-through cable into one of the subsequent ports (see image below).

Aruba 303H ports: E1 through E3 provides standard Ethernet connectivity

Aruba 303H access point

Wired activity through a data jack

If you do not have an Aruba device in your residential space, there should instead be one or two data jacks in each room. Because of the age differences between different residential buildings, you may see newer or older data jacks.

For all data jack types, always be sure that Ethernet cables are plugged into the data jack and not the voice jack.

Data jack type Description Example
Newer data jack

Newer data jacks are color-coded for voice or data:

  • Blue port: Voice
  • Yellow port: Data
Newer color-coded data jacks (blue for voice, yellow for data)
Older data jack
Older jacks are not color-coded, but the ports are labeled as "VOICE" or "DATA".
Older data jack with ports labeled for voice and data

Get help

If you are having problems connecting your computer, contact the Support Center. If necessary, Support Center staff will forward information about the problem to SCIPS consultants, who can do the following, as needed:

  • Install appropriate vendor-supplied Ethernet card drivers compatible with your supported operating system. You must have your Ethernet card already installed before the consultant arrives.
  • Check the data jack to make sure it's working.

SCIPS consultants will not do the following:

Further information

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Last modified on 2024-06-11 13:26:00.