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Getting Connected at UVM: Smart, Media, and Game Devices

Things to know:

Unlike computers and smart phones – most game console, media streaming, and smart home devices are intended for use exclusively on home networks with consumer-level security. Therefore, most game, media, and smart home devices are NOT designed to support WPA2 Enterprise wireless networks, which is a standard security protocol used for networks at businesses and higher ed institutions, including the UVM wireless network. Unfortunately, this means these devices are not capable of connecting to Wi-Fi on UVM campus. Note that the Tech Team does not provide support for wireless connections of game consoles, media devices, or printers.

The good news is, many game consoles and media devices CAN get on the wired network by using an Ethernet cable to connect to the data port located in your ResHall room! Please see Wifi Tips for more info about which devices will/wont work with the wired network on campus.

My device doesn’t have an Ethernet port, what do I do?

If your device does not have an Ethernet port, you may be able to purchase an Ethernet adapter. Check with the manufacturer of your device for more information.

NOTE: Not all devices support wired internet connections using an adapter. Please see Wifi Tips to review devices known to work/not work with wired connections.

To get connected follow the same steps as below, except in Step 2 you will need to locate the MAC address of the adapter, rather than the device you are connecting it to. Generally the MAC address will be located on the adapter itself, but you may need to contact the manufacturer for help finding it.

My device has an Ethernet port, how do I connect?

  1. Use an Ethernet cable to connect your game console or media streaming device to the data port in your room. Data ports are typically found on the wall (Green, or Yellow), or on white Cisco APs (Pass-thru, Lan1, Lan2, Lan3) in each ResHall room.

  2. Once your device is connected via Ethernet, power it on. The next step is to register your console’s WIRED (Ethernet) MAC address with the UVM Network Registration system. Use the guides below for help locating the MAC address of commonly used devices.
  3. When you locate the WIRED MAC address of your device, fill out the registration form here: 
  4. NOTE: Devices are registered during normal business hours. You will receive an email confirmation when your device has been registered.

Locate your MAC address Guides

Apple TV

Blu-Ray Player

Playstation 3

Playstation 4


Smart TVs


Wii U

Xbox 360

Xbox One

If you have a device that isn’t listed above and requires network access, you will have to find the wired MAC address (sometimes called the Physical Address or Ethernet Address) on your own. We recommend that you use Google to figure this out.

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