Network/Router Setup

 OIT has revised its policy regarding home routers in Graduate and Family Housing. Please visit this page for detailed information.

OIT offers ResNet Mobile Access in the on-campus undergraduate housing communities (Arroyo Vista, Campus Village, Middle Earth, and Mesa Court).

However, ResNet Mobile Access is not available in the graduate and family housing communities (Palo Verde, Verano Place, Las Lomas, Gabrielino, Santiago, and Alturas), so you will need to bring your own router.

Select a tab below, and follow the steps to get online.

Router Setup

Before you can get online, you'll need to register your router's "Internet/WAN" MAC address which is a unique hexadecimal number 12 characters in length. You don't need to look for this MAC address: simply connect your laptop to your router's wireless network and visit our Express Registration page at https://www.oit.uci.edu/reg. The network will detect your router's WAN MAC address and register it automatically under your UCInetID when you sign in.

If you're having trouble getting to our Express Registration page, follow the instructions below to reset your router to work on ResNet.

  1. Reset your router to factory settings by consulting the manual that came with it. Typically, you have to use a paper clip to push a reset button on the back or bottom.
    • Can't find your manual? Try Googling your router's make and model to find the manual online.
  2. Plug one end of your network cable into the WAN port on your router (this port is set apart from the other ports and it may be a different color) and the other end into the wall jack.
    • If your router does not have a separate WAN or Internet port, then you will need to purchase another router. Unfortunately cable modem routers (which contain a coaxial cable connector) will no longer work on ResNet.
    • A good replacement router can run you about $30 on Amazon.
  3. Using your laptop, connect to your router's default wireless network (aka the SSID). The SSID and password are usually printed on the bottom of the router. The SSID/wireless network name almost always includes the brand name of your router (e.g. TP-Link555, Netgear-365, Belkin-697-5G)
    • Don't have a laptop? Plug your computer's Ethernet cable into one of the open LAN ports on the back of your router.
  4. Once you're connected, visit our Device Registration page at https://www.oit.uci.edu/reg, select the link Express Registration and then choose the button Login with my UCInetID.
  5. Login with your UCInetID and password, and on the next page you will see a confirmation message telling you to wait ~2 minutes. That's it! You're now able to surf the internet.

If you're unable to connect using the steps above, then register the WAN MAC address manually. You don't have to reset your router again: just follow the steps below.

  1. In the address bar, type http://192.168.1.1 to connect to your router's administrative interface. Sometimes the address is http://192.168.0.1 but you should check the router's manual to confirm
    • The username & password is almost always admin and password respectively (or admin and admin), but your manual will tell you what to use.
    • Can't find your manual? Using your mobile phone's data plan, try Googling your router's make and model to find the manual online.
  2. Look for the menu that contains information about the Internet or WAN to find the WAN MAC. A MAC address is a unique hexadecimal number 12 characters in length, separated by dashes or colons.
    • Routers have multiple MACs (one or more for wireless, and one for the LAN). Make sure you choose the WAN MAC.
    • Do NOT use the MAC printed on the bottom, as it almost always the wrong MAC address.
  3. Visit our Device Registration page at https://www.oit.uci.edu/reg and select the Manual Registration link.
  4. Follow the steps on the screen, and once you're done wait a few minutes for the registration to take effect.

Perform the above steps before configuring other settings on your router, like changing your network name/SSID or password.

Which wall jack should I plug into?

Most housing communities contain Ethernet wall jacks with multiple ports. Even though the ports look similar, some of the ports are phone ports and are unable to provide internet access. Please ensure you plug your device or router into a data port. To find out which port you should use, please select the housing community that you live in from the list below. Undergraduate Communities

Graduate Communities

Staff & Faculty Communities

All four of the ICHA communities listed below have a single active network jack in the apartment living room.

I need help setting up my router.

If you are setting up a brand new router (or you're having trouble configuring your current router), we strongly recommend you consult the manual that came with your router or contact the manufacturer. You can also find the manual online by Googling the make and model of your router. Because of the vast array of routers on the market, the OIT Help Desk will not be able to offer assistance over the phone. 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.

DMCA Complaints & ResNet

UCI abides by the provisions of the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which requires prompt response to claims of copyright infringement by copyright holders or their agents. When you register your router's WAN MAC address, it is issued an IP address which is shared with every device on your home network. If the campus receives an allegation of copyright infringement based on your use of the UCI network via an IP address assigned to you, all of the devices on your network will be blocked and the matter will be referred to the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct for further investigation (the process is described on our Network Block page in the Help Center). If you are found responsible after meeting with the Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct, you are subject to UCI disciplinary action including, but not limited to the following:

  1. Loss of network access
  2. Restitution or community service
  3. Suspension or dismissal from the University

Please think twice before sharing your router's wi-fi password with anyone, because you will be held responsible for whatever content they download while connected to your wi-fi network.

ResNet Mobile Access

Connecting your computer or mobile device to the wireless network is easy! When you move in, simply:

    1. Connect your device to the "ResNet Mobile Access" network.
  • Open a web browser, and you should be automatically redirected to our Express Registration system.
  • If you are not automatically redirected, please visit expressreg.oit.uci.edu
  • Sign into the registration system with your UCInetID and password, and then wait two minutes.
  • You are now connected!

Express Registration should work, but if you're having trouble connecting you can manually register the device's MAC address. Details can be found here.

Please note that multicast devices such as Apple TVs, Rokus, Chromecasts, wireless printers, or Amazon Echos & Dots, will not work on ResNet Mobile Access. OIT blocks these devices from joining the network because of their tendency to create a huge amount of 'broadcast' traffic which affects the network performance of everyone around you. Use the apps installed on your Smart TV or computer instead.

I have a desktop computer or I want to connect via Ethernet. Is that possible?

Ethernet jacks can be found in each dorm. If you would like to connect a wired device to ResNet, you must first register that network card's MAC address. Here's how:

  1. Connect your computer to the Ethernet jack in your dorm.
    • Most apartments contain wall jacks with multiple ports. See the question below labeled "Which wall jack should I plug into?"
  2. From the wired computer, visit our Device Registration page at https://www.oit.uci.edu/reg
  3. Select the link "Express Registration" and on the following page, choose the button Login with my UCInetID.
  4. Login with your UCInetID and password, and on the next page you will see a confirmation page instructing you to wait ~2 minutes. That's it! You're now able to surf the internet.

Express Registration should work, but if you're having trouble connecting you can manually register the device's MAC address. Details can be found here.

Unfortunately, due to the wide variety of smart devices on the market (and the ever-changing layouts of the device menus due to software updates), the OIT Help Desk cannot assist you with finding the IP & MAC addresses.

Which wall jack should I plug into?

Most housing communities contain Ethernet wall jacks with multiple ports. Even though the ports look similar, some of the ports are phone ports and are unable to provide internet access. Please ensure you plug your device or router into a data port. To find out which port you should use, please select the housing community that you live in from the list below. Undergraduate Communities

Graduate Communities

Staff & Faculty Communities

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

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