Setting up a Wireless Router

On August 15, 2015, all Northeastern-owned residential buildings will have 100% NUwave access, and a ban on all personally-owned wireless routers and/or wireless access points will go into effect in these buildings. After August 15, 2015, any pre-existing personally-owned wireless routers and/or wireless access points must be disconnected. If you are moving into residential housing this fall, please do NOT bring your own router.

Students are allowed to set up a personal wireless router in residence halls that do NOT have NUwave secure wireless service provided to the room by Northeastern University. A full list of buildings can be found here

Those that connect a wireless router to ResNet must accept the following terms and conditions:
- Information Technology Services provides limited support for wireless router setup, and absolutely no support for router troubleshooting.
- The user is responsible and liable for all network traffic that originates from their router.
- The user will abide by the Appropriate Use Policy (AUP) in regards to personal wireless equipment policies.

Follow these steps to connect your router to ResNet:

NOTE: If you have any trouble with registration, feel free to bring the router down to ResNet

1. Turn on your router but do not plug it in to the ResNet port in the wall.

2. Plug your computer into into the router using an Ethernet internet cable.

3. Log into the router’s administration panel using the router’s username and password. Most routers have the login information on the back of the device.

4. Change the router’s administration password, and keep a record of it. If permitted, change the administration username as well.

5. Change the SSID (network name) to a value that will help identify your room location.
For example, if living in Speare Hall, room 326: “WAP-SPR-0326“. For more examples and building codes,
click here.

Note: Do not name the SSID ‘NUwave’ or ‘NUwave-guest’ or any variant of these. Do not use an SSID with a false or misleading room location. These are serious violations of the AUP and may result in a suspension of internet service and/or referral to OSCCR.

6. It is required that you set up wireless security (authentication and encryption) to prevent other people from using your router and/or being able to view your personal, private data. WPA2 is recommended; WPA is acceptable; WEP is not acceptable.

7. For 802.11b/g routers, set your broadcast channel to 1, 6, or 11 only.

8. Set your router to use automatic (DHCP) settings to obtain an IP address from Northeastern (look for settings such as ‘Internet Connection Type,’ ‘Automatic Configuration,’ and ‘DHCP client’). Do not use static IP addresses or DNS servers.

9. Change the following settings if applicable on your router:
- Set the router to act as a DHCP server, and set it to give out IP Addresses in the 192.168.x.x range.
- Domain Name: ‘’
- MTU: ‘automatic,’ if that is not an option, ’1500′
- Time Zone: ‘Eastern’

10. Do not set your router to act as a network bridge.

11. Set your router to operate in AP-mode or Infrastructure mode. Do not set your router to operate in Ad-Hoc mode.

Without any wireless security, any person can use your router to access the internet and violate many of the measures in the AUP. They can download illegal files, steal your bank account information, and cause other sorts of issues that you will be responsible for as all this network traffic is running in your name.

12. Make sure your settings are saved, then reboot your router by unplugging the power cord for 10 seconds, then plugging it back in.

Finally, we need to register your router for internet access. Follow these quick steps:

1. Connect your computer directly to the ResNet port in your room and register your computer as you normally would. If you have already registered your computer before, you can ignore this step.

2. Connect your computer to your router (either wirelessly or through a wired port) and connect your router to the ResNet port with an Ethernet cable. Make sure you’ve done steps 1-12 above first, and that you connect your router to ResNet correctly!

3. Once you are connected to your router, try visiting an off-campus website. If you are redirected to the ResNet Registration page, just fill out the registration form again. This will register your router and grant any computer internet access through the router.

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