Every year before the fall semester the IT department requires that all devices (computers, smartphones, game consoles, tablets, etc.) that connect directly to the Amherst network register on the network. Any device not registered will be unable to access resources on the Amherst network or the Internet. The exceptions are computers that connect via Ethernet (wired) ports behind the administrative firewall, and IT-managed computers in public spaces, classrooms, and labs; these do not have to be registered.
Note that what is actually being registered is the network adapter that connects your computer or other device to the network. So if you use both the wired and wireless adapters on your laptop to connect while on campus, you will need to register both adapters.
Note also that computers located off-campus that connect solely through VPN do not need to be registered.
Beginning today (Wednesday, August 13, 2014) you can go to the NetReg page (https://netreg.amherst.edu) using your favorite web browser and “pre-register” your computer and other networking devices for the upcoming year. We strongly recommend that you pre-register your networking devices. You must be on campus to register a device.
Beginning Tuesday, August 19, we begin enforcing network registration. From then on, unregistered devices will not be able to connect to the network until they have been registered. When you connect an unregistered device to the network, any browser you open will automatically be redirected to the NetReg page. If for some reason the redirection doesn’t work, you can always manually enter the NetReg address—https://netreg.amherst.edu—into your web browser.
For more information please consult the NetReg documentation (https://www.amherst.edu/go/netreg) on the IT website. For further help, you can Ask IT via phone (413 542-2526), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the web (https://askit.amherst.edu).