Register a gaming console or streaming device for WiFi Access

Students at the University of Minnesota can register personal devices for WiFi access even if they don't support WPA2 authentication (username and password). Registering personal WiFi devices allows users affiliated with the UMN to connect devices such as Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and more to the University WiFi. Unregistered devices can disrupt or slow down the University WiFi network, making it difficult for neighboring devices to connect.

This registration should be performed using the University Internet ID and password of the person who owns the device.

Note: Do not register laptops, smart phones, or printers using this process unless otherwise specified. If not connecting to eduroam, these devices should connect to UofM-Guest without registration.

Please note that some "Internet of Things" (IoT) devices designed to work on home networks may not be supported by the UMN network. The scale, design, and security controls of the UMN network makes it challenging for some devices to function properly on the network.

Some examples include:

  • Devices that require a direct connection or special addressing from a WiFi router (e.g. a Phillips Hue light bulb).
  • Some devices that connect to a local hub that is then connected to the University network.

To register your device, do the following in order:

  1. Find the wireless Mac address
  2. Register the device
  3. Connect to WiFi on device
  4. Known Device Issues

Find the wireless MAC address

Residence Halls

  • Chromecast, Google Home, and like device configuration is limited to residence halls, requires a Student Internet ID and password, and has additional steps for setup on the UofM-Guest Network. Please follow these steps to Register your Chromecast Device.

Register the device

  1. Go to the WiFi Registration webpage; if inaccessible please try the alternate WiFi Registration webpage.
    • These two links will only work if you are accessing this article on campus through a device connected to eduroam or you are connected to VPN.
    • If you are registering this device for yourself, sign in with your Internet ID and password.
    • If you're working on behalf of a department or another individual, please contact Technology Help.
  2. Enter the wireless or WiFi mac address for the device.
    • The device name can be whatever you choose. For example, if you are registering a Roku, you might name it Goldy's Roku.
  3. If you are registering a device that you are casting or communicating to from another device, as part of the registration process:
    1. Check the AirGroup box.
    2. Leave the default Personal selected.
    3. If you will be sharing the device with your roommate or another person, put their Internet ID in the Shared with field, separating multiple IDs by commas.
      • This will allow you to cast from another device to the registered device even if they are connected to different SSIDs (e.g. eduroam, UofM-Guest, etc.).

        Airgroup setting on the registration page for WiFi devices. Image shows AIrGroup heading, and the "Enable Airgroup" box checked.

Connect to WiFi on device

  1. Open the Network Settings on your device and view the list of available WiFi networks.
    • This should be near to where your wireless mac address was listed.
  2. From the list of available networks, select UofM-Guest.
    • You will NOT need to go through the Guest portal. The device should connect automatically. If it does not, please contact Technology Help for assistance.
    • This does NOT connect you to UofM-Guest, it places your device in a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) that allows full connection similar to eduroam.

Please contact UMN Technology Help if you have problems following the above steps.

Known Device Issues

Wireless Printers

Wireless printers broadcast a signal that conflicts with University of Minnesota networks, and can lead to poor service for everyone in the area near the printer. Instead, please connect to printers using a USB cable.

Apple TV

Attempt the connection with UofM-Guest following the instructions above.

In case that does not work, you can attempt to connect using our enterprise eduroam connection by using Apple Configurator (link is an archived Apple article).

  • Apple Configurator can set up a profile to add to the Apple TV that will connect to our enterprise connection. Some support may be offered from [email protected] and user discussions are taking place on [email protected].

For University Departments hoping to use an Apple TV in a meeting or conference room, send a message to [email protected] for assistance.