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Network Register (NetReg) Devices Without Web Browsers

Introduction

How to network register devices without web browsers, such as iOS devices, tablets, game consoles, and e-readers, to the Amherst network.

Instructions

Instructions: 

To register a device on the Amherst network without a web browser, you must find the device's MAC address and then proceed to the Self-Registration page. You will be able to register your device manually using the MAC address you found. MAC addresses are a string of 12 characters, for example: 00-A0-34-0B-13-CD.

Wireless Printers: Amherst IT does not support the use of wireless printers. If you have a printer in your room, we recommend that you connect it directly to your computer using a USB cable.

How to find the MAC address

Apple iOS Devices (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone) That Have Not Been Activated
  1. Go to Settings > General > About.
  2. Find the Wi-Fi Address in the list and make a note of it. This is your device's MAC address.
E-Readers (Nook, Kindle) Activating On-Campus
  1. For a Kindle, tap the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap More > Device > Wi-Fi Mac Address.
  1. For a Nook, press the Nook button (upside-down U) in the center bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap settings > Device Info > About Your NOOK. Your MAC address is shown in the list.
Google Chromecast
  1. Tap Connect to Wi-Fi
  2. Select Amherst as the Wi-Fi network.
  3. The Mac address should display in the top right corner. Make a note of it.
  4. Proceed to the Self-Registration Mac Address Entry page and enter the Mac address there.
  5. Turn off the device for 30 minutes. Restart the device and it should work. If not contact the IT Help Desk.
Video Game Consoles
Microsoft Xbox 360
  1. Access the Xbox Guide by pressing the Xbox Guide button on the Xbox 360 controller. The Guide button is the silver button in the center of the controller that has the green "X" on it.
  2. Press the Y button the controller to enter the Xbox 360 Dashboard.
  3. Go to the System area of the Dashboard.
  4. Select Network Settings and then select Edit Settings.
  5. Select Additional Settings and then select Advanced Settings.
  6. At the bottom of this screen you'll see the heading "Wired MAC Address". This is your MAC address.
Sony Playstation 3
  1. From the PS3 main menu navigate to the Settings icon and select it.
  2. Navigate to System Settings, then to System Information.
  3. You should see your MAC address on this screen.
Nintendo Wii
  1. From the Wii menu choose Wii Options (the round button that says Wii).
  2. Select Wii Settings, then click right to Wii System Settings 2.
  3. Select Internet, then Console Information.
  4. You should see your MAC address on this screen.
Portable Game Consoles

Note: You do not need to register your MAC address to play a local (or "ad-hoc") game between systems.

Nintendo DS (and Lite Version)
  1. Start the DS with a game that has Wi-Fi capabilities (e.g., Mario Kart DS).
  2. Head to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Setup.
  3. Navigate to Options > System Information.
  4. The MAC address should be on the top line.
Sony PSP
  1. Turn on the PSP without a game in the system.
  2. Press the Home button.
  3. Navigate to Settings > System Settings > System Information.
  4. Your MAC address should be inside System Information.
Digital Video Recorders (DVRs)
Tivo
  1. Connect the external network adaptor to your Tivo.
  2. Go to TiVo Central by pressing the TiVo button.
  3. Select Messages & Settings.
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Select Phone & Network. The MAC address should be on the right-hand side of the Phone & Network screen, towards the top.
Voice Over-IP (VOIP) Phone Devices
Vonage Phone Adapter
  1. Turn the adapter over.
  2. On the bottom is the WAN/MAC address.
Other Network Devices

If you have a device not listed here that requires network access, you will have to find the MAC address (sometimes called the Physical Address) on your own. We recommend that you use Google to figure this out.

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