Network/Router Setup

ResNet Mobile Access

OIT offers high-density, high-speed wireless connectivity in the following undergraduate housing communities:

  • Arroyo Vista
  • Campus Village
  • Middle Earth
  • Mesa Court

To access the network, you will connect to the "ResNet Mobile Access" SSID. We have detailed instructions here on how to connect to the network.

In the undergraduate communities where ResNet Mobile Access wireless service is deployed, the use of personal home routers is strictly prohibited.

Router Configuration (for grad communities & ICHA Housing)

For those of you living in the graduate housing communities and ICHA rental properties, unfortunately ResNet Mobile Access is not deployed so you will need to bring your own wireless router. Those communities are:

  • Palo Verde
  • Verano Place
  • Las Lomas
  • Gabrielino
  • Santiago
  • Alturas

Follow the steps below to configure your router to work on ResNet upon move-in. We strongly recommend you consult the manual that came with your router (or contact the router manufacturer) and find the settings below before you arrive on campus. You can also find the manual online by Googling the make and model of your router. Every router is different so the instructions below may vary depending on the router manufacturer.

You can try to configure your router using the "Wireless Method" detailed below, but if you have any trouble than we suggest using the "Wired Method".

Will my router work on ResNet?

Please note there are NO guarantees that the router you recently purchased (or have used successfully in the past in other apartments) will work on our network. Check to see if your router is on our Known Unsupported List down below. These are routers that we've previously found to have trouble connecting (and staying connected) to our network. You can search by manufacturer, name, or model.

If you're in the market for a router, we recommend you lookup the router in the table below before purchasing.

Also, please note this is NOT a complete list. There may be others in circulation that have not yet made it to the list. As we discover more incompatible routers, we'll add them to the list.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Known Unsupported Routers

ManufacturerNameModel
AirlinkAirlink 101-
ASUSASUS RT-N66U**enabling AP mode may work.
ASUSRT-AC56R-
ASUSRT-AC66U Dual Band 3x3
ASUSRT-AC68U-
ASUSRT-N53 Dual Band Wireless N Router-
ASUSRT-N12D1 3-in-1 Router/AP/Range Extender-
ASUST-Mobile Personal Cell SpotTM-AC1900
ASUSRT-AC52U-
BelkinAC750 DB Dual Band AC+-
BelkinN1-
BelkinN+ Wireless RouterF5D8235-4 v2
BelkinN150-
BelkinG Plus MIMO RouterF5D9230-4
BelkinAC1200
Cisco Linksys-WRT-54G
Cisco LinksysWireless-N Access PointWAP4400N
Cisco LinksysWireless-G VPN Broadband RouterWRV54G
D-LinkWireless N300 Cloud RouterDIR-605L
D-LinkWireless N 150 Home RouterDIR-600
D-Link-DIR-615
D-LinkCloud Router-
D-LinkWireless N150 Cloud RouterDIR-600L
NetgearWireless Access Pointwg602
NetgearWireless Access Pointwn2000rptv3
NetgearNighthawkAC1900
Rosewillrnx-n4ps
TendaAC15 Dual Band Wireless-AC1900
TP LINKWireless DUAL BAND600N/N600
TP LINKWireless AC1750 RouterAC1750 / C7
TP LinkN150 Dual bandN150
TP LINKN600 RouterTL-WDR
TP LINKN750 RouterTL-WDR4300
UbiquitiAny NameAny Model
VerizonUltralineSeries3, Model 9100em

Wireless Method

  1. From your computer, open a web browser and enter this address: http://192.168.1.1 (sometimes the address can be http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.2.1)
    • If you're unable to connect to any of these addresses, please consult your user manual (or Google your router's make and model) to find the default address for your router's web interface. If all else fails, try factory resetting the router.
  2. When prompted by your router to login, enter the username 'admin' and whatever password you created when you first setup your router.
    • Most routers have the default username of 'admin' and the default password of 'password' (without the quotes). If these credentials don't work, you will need to consult your user manual (or Google your router's make and model) to find the default username/password combination. If all else fails, try factory resetting the router.
  3. OPTIONAL: Many routers have a label on the bottom which contains the default SSID (aka network name) and wi-fi password. You may continue to use these or change them at this point.
    • If you want to change them, look for the menu that contains this information and rename the network name and change the password.
    • After you Save your changes, the router may restart. You will then have to reconnect to the new SSID and use the new password you just created.
  4. You'll be taken to the Admin console for your router where you can customize the settings. Consult your user manual to find the DHCP server setting and disable it.
    • DHCP allows your router to assign IP addresses to devices on your network. This is forbidden on our network, so please turn it off.
    • Typically, this setting can be found in the "LAN Settings" menu in the Admin console.
  5. To save these changes, click Apply or Save and the router should restart.
  6. Plug an Ethernet cable directly into one of the Ethernet/LAN ports on the back of the router, not the WAN port.
    • On some routers, the WAN port is a different color than the LAN ports.
    • Before you moved to UCI, the WAN port is where you'd connect the cable modem given to you by your cable company. Please don't use this port on our network.
  7. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the network jack on the wall in your apartment.
  8. You should see your router's SSID appear in the list of available networks. Enter the password that's pasted on the bottom of your router and connect. (If you changed the password, enter that password instead).

You're all set! Proceed with connecting all of your other devices to ResNet. Remember that you'll need to register the MAC addresses of each device before they'll connect to the network. You can use either the ExpressReg (preferred) or Manual Registration tool, both of which are accessible from http://oit.uci.edu/reg.

Wired Method

  1. Plug an Ethernet cable directly into one of the Ethernet/LAN ports on the back of the router, not the WAN port.
    • On some routers, the WAN port is a different color than the LAN ports.
    • Before you moved to UCI, the WAN port is where you'd connect the cable modem given to you by your cable company. Please don't use this port on our network.
  2. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable into your computer. If your computer doesn't have an Ethernet port, you'll need to use a USB to Ethernet adapter. You can pick one up from Amazon for about $15.
  3. Now that your computer and router are directly connected, you can proceed to step 4 to begin the router configuration; however, if you're using a laptop please disable the wireless network adapter first. Most laptops have a toggle switch or button that control the wireless network settings. Consult the manual that came with your laptop or Google the make and model of your laptop to find this setting for your laptop.
  4. From your computer, open a web browser and enter this address: http://192.168.1.1 (sometimes the address can be http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.2.1)
    • If you're unable to connect to this address, please consult your user manual (or Google your router's make and model) to find the default address for your router's web interface. If all else fails, try factory resetting the router.
  5. When prompted by your router to login, enter the username 'admin' and whatever password you created when you first setup your router.
    • Most routers have the default username of 'admin' and the default password of 'password' (without the quotes). If these credentials don't work, you will need to consult your user manual (or Google your router's make and model) find the default username/password combo or to factory reset the router.
  6. OPTIONAL: Many routers have a label on the bottom which contains the default SSID (aka network name) and wi-fi password. You may continue to use these or change them at this point.
    • If you want to change them, look for the menu that contains this information and rename the network name and change the password.
    • After you Save your changes, the router may restart. You will then have to reconnect to the new SSID and use the new password you just created.
  7. You'll be taken to the Admin console for your router where you can customize the settings. Consult your user manual to find the DHCP server setting and disable it.
    • DHCP allows your router to assign IP addresses to devices on your network. This is forbidden on our network, so please turn it off.
    • Typically, this setting can be found in the "LAN Settings" menu in the Admin console.
  8. To save these changes, click Apply or Save and the router should restart.
  9. Disconnect the Ethernet cable from your computer and plug it into the network jack on the wall in your apartment.
  10. Turn on the wireless card in your laptop and in about a minute, you should see your router's SSID appear in the list of available networks. Enter the password that's pasted on the bottom of your router and connect. (If you changed the password, enter that password instead).

You're all set! Proceed with connecting all of your other devices to ResNet. Remember that you'll need to register the MAC addresses of each device before they'll connect to the network. You can use either the ExpressReg (preferred) or Manual Registration tool, both of which are accessible from http://oit.uci.edu/reg.

We offer several router reconfiguration guides that you may find helpful. While the user interface shown may not match your router's exactly, the general concepts of security and DHCP should still apply.

Again, even if you do not have one of the aforementioned router models, you should be able to configure your router correctly by sifting through the administration/setup pages on your device and identifying the proper fields and options. The guides should be useful in giving you a general idea of what to look for when configuring your router.

If you're still having trouble, please go back to our homepage where you can find directions to our walk-in Help Desk. We are open M-F 10am-4pm only. Bring your router, power supply, your laptop (if you have one), and/or your mobile phone so we can setup the router for you and help you connect either of these two devices in our office.