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Residence Halls Network

When in the Residence Halls, students will have easy access to both the campus wired network and the campus wireless network for their devices.  For the best experience in terms of network throughput, it is highly recommended that the wired network be used for capable devices particularly for high bandwidth usage (e.g., Zoom meetings, streaming).

Wired Network (Highly Recommended)

Each residence hall room is equipped with at least 2 active Ethernet network jacks. Be sure to register the Ethernet (wired) MAC address of your device, including any gaming, streaming or smartTV devices, in the MyDevices portal.  

Any unregistered devices connecting to the network will fail to gain Internet access.  Workgroup switches may work to add additional Ethernet ports in a residence hall room.

Note:  Students living in Sweetland Hall looking to connect to the wired network on the older style network jacks may encounter some inactive jacks.  If this is the case, please contact the TRC to see if a specific port could be enabled.  Note that all rooms in Sweetland Hall are still equipped with 3 active wired connection jacks.

Wireless Network

Students can connect their device using SMSU Network OnRamp when connecting to the wireless internet for the first time. The SMSU OnRamp network is a tool that will configure your machine to access the SMSU wireless network, which will be the network you will use. Please click below for helpful documents on SMSU Network OnRamp setup procedures. 

Note: the OnRamp tool is only used to access the wireless network.  It does not have Internet access capability. The OnRamp tool is not for use with Gaming consoles, streaming devices or smartTVs. Separate instructions are provided on this page.

Wireless and Wired Network for Gaming Consoles, Streaming Devices, and SmartTVs

Students who need to connect their Gaming and Streaming Devices to the network would need to click on the link below to get step by step instructions on how to connect their devices.

Instructions for Gaming and streaming devices on the network


Students have access to a service called Eduroam to connect to wireless network. Eduroam is a global wireless service that allows students remain connected to network at any Minnesota state colleges and universities they visit. Contact the TRC if you need help setting this up or follow the instructions in the link below to set

How to setup Eduroam

Special Note Regarding Wireless Use in Residence Halls

Please refrain from using such devices as ‘personal WIFI routers’ and ‘hotspots’ while in the Residence Halls as they can interfere with the campus WIFI network and reduce the quality of service for everyone. Note that wireless printing capability is not supported in the Residence Hall network.

Last Modified: 12/19/22 11:50 AM | Website Feedback