Registering personal Wi-Fi devices allows users affiliated with the UMN to connect devices such as Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and more to the University Wi-Fi network. Unregistered devices can disrupt or slow down the University Wi-Fi network, making it difficult for neighboring devices to connect.
The types of devices that should be registered using the Register a Personal Device for the Internet of Things (IoT) Wi-Fi Service are listed below.
Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, and other streaming devices
Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, and similar devices can be registered for Internet of Things (IoT) service. Follow the directions on this guide to connect these devices.
Google Chromecast and Google Home
Do not register Google Chromecast, Google Home, and similar device configurations using this process. These devices are limited to residence halls and require a Student Internet ID and password. They have additional steps for setup on the UofM-Guest Network. Please follow Register your Chromecast Device for these devices.
Laptops, Smart Phones, Printers
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.
Phones and laptops should connect to eduroam using your full University email address ([email protected]) and password authentication. For more information on eduroam, follow Connect to eduroam.
Smart Light Bulb and Similar Home Devices
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 Wi-Fi router (e.g. a Phillips Hue light bulb).
- Some devices that connect to a local hub that is then connected to the University network.