Connecting Devices

Registering Devices

It is possible to connect your internet ready game consoles to the Residential Network to play online games. Each of these devices has a hardware address that must be registered with ResNet for the device to have access to the network.

To register devices (wired):

  1. Go to to
  2. Click on 'Register a Device' under 'Self-Service' to the left
  3. Find your MAC address? for the device ('How to' table here)
  4. Put in the MAC address and Computer Name(such as:xbox, ps4, laptop, tacos), then register the device.

To register devices (wireless):

Go to the Selfreg Registration helpdoc page and follow the instructions for wireless connections.

Multiple Gaming Devices

You can connect any device with a wireless card to the wireless network in the dorms. If you have multiple gaming devices that need access to a wired port, or you want all devices to be on their own private network, you will need a properly configured router. You will also need to configure port forwarding on your router to make some online games work.

Here is a page on using routers on ResNet: ResNet Routers

Network Media Players (ROKU)

Network Media Players are devices that can stream shows from providers like Netflix and Hulu directly to your TV by connecting to the internet. Certain models have a hard-coded DNS which causes them to have connection problems on OSU networks, including ResNet.

Typically connecting through an Ethernet cable will resolve the issue, so we always recommend that people buy Media Playrs with Ethernet ports. Most players have ports already, but some like the Roku HD and Roku 2 XD do not. 

Getting a wireless router should fix the connection issue, but this has not yet been tested. If you had to choose a Roku, its highly recommended to get the Roku 2 XS, because it is currently the only member of the Roku lineup that has an Ethernet port built in.