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Residential Networking

Each room in the Kansas State Polytechnic residence halls is supplied with 2 data jacks and 2 telephone jacks.  Data jacks use a standard RJ-45 (8 contact modular) interface for 10/100 fast ethernet connections. Residents may register multiple devices (eg. personal computer, XBox), but only one registered device may be actively connected to a data jack at a time; routers, switches, wireless access points, and other networking devices are not allowed.  Students also have access to Kansas State Polytechnic's wireless network from their room.

Equipment / Software Needed

Each resident must supply a Category 5 data cable and have an ethernet jack on their computer or gaming console. Before connecting to the network, residents will need to configure their equipment to use DHCP to automatically obtain an IP address and DNS server.  Computers will additionally need to install K-State's antivirus software


Registration of student computers/gaming consoles is required to gain access to the network. An online registration form is available when using a computer with a web-browser, and will appear automatically for browser-based devices when attempting to connect to the internet from an unregistered jack. Users wanting to register a gaming console (XBox, Playstation) should verify the ethernet (MAC) address of their gaming console and visit the Information Systems office to fill out an "Application for Dorm Network Connection".

How do I find the ethernet (MAC) address of my gaming console?