Network & Connectivity
Intended Audience: Students, Employees, Computer Support Representative
OIT provides wireless (Wi-Fi) access to the campus community from within many academic buildings. Users with wireless-enabled computers or other devices may access the internet using this wireless service.
Network Device Registration
Network Device Registration allows University employees, faculty and students to register devices, reducing the time it takes to connect to the network for daily use. Device Registration can be used both on campus and in BYU housing. It is NOT necessary to register computers that connect to the BYU wired network in offices, OIT and Department labs, and other work areas.
HD (High Density) Wireless
Over the next few years, BYU will be upgrading campus wireless locations to better serve our users. Upgrades will occur on a building by building basis. HD Wireless buildings will have the following benefits:
**This schedule is our best estimate and is subject to change.
Access this Service
Campus Guest Access
Student and Employee Access with Net ID
Connect to the BYU Secure network for optimal access and speed. Log in with your Net ID and Password or register your wireless device to eliminate the need to authenticate future connections. As of Oct 2011 - Current Speeds are up to 7 Mbps for uploads and downloads.
Note: The pre-shared BYUSecure wireless password "byuwireless"
Open a web browser and enter your BYU Net ID and password. DO NOT register another person's computer using your Net ID. Individuals will be held responsible for any activity that occurs on a computer registered to them.
Devices that connect using a browser will be prompted for a Net ID and password the first time they connect to the BYU Secure network. Once authenticated, the device will be registered to that Net ID and will automatically be recognized for future connections. Devices that do not use a browser are allowed to be registered on the BYU Network. Once registered, a device no longer needs to authenticate when connecting to the network.
Desktop/Laptop Device Registration
Devices that use a web browser no longer need to register through the it.byu.edu website.
Most laptop computers have two Network Interface Cards, one for wired network, and one for wireless. If an individual only connects the laptop to the BYU wireless network, they will only need to register their wireless MAC address, If, however, the individual wishes to connect the laptop to the BYU public network (e.g. TecRooms using the provided cable), they may wish to register their wired MAC address as well.
Registration is not necessary for computers used strictly in University office locations, but is intended for computers that will be connecting to the wireless network or public access ports located in housing or student common areas.
To register a browser based device:
Android and iPhone/iPad Device Registration
Android & iPhone/iPad users have an alternative method for registering their device through the BYU Mobile Suite application. The BYU Mobile Suite includes a Network Device Registration App that makes registering and removing you mobile device simple. Visit the BYU Mobile Application page for links and information on how to download the app for your device.
The Mobile Application Device Registration page provides instructions on how to register or remove your device through the app. Note: The images are from an iPhone; however, the steps are the same for an Android device.
Once your device registration is complete, the device is registered with the BYU network until you choose to remove the device registration.
Non-Browser Device Registration
Network devices which run mobile and gaming operating systems but do not operate with a web browser (e.g. IP Phones, gaming consoles, etc.) may still be registered using the Register a Device form through it.byu.edu. Each Network Interface Card (NIC) has a unique MAC address assigned to it, which is usually listed in the network configuration menus of the device. You must register the MAC address associated with the device by choosing Register/Renew Device in the upper right corner of this page. Visit Find your device's MAC address for assistance with locating your MAC address.
To register a non-browser based device:
Registering Wireless Access Points (Switches/Routers)
In areas on campus where wireless coverage is not available, Department CSR's or System Administrators may register Wireless Access Devices for use with the BYU Network. Use the Register Access Point provided to complete registration. Registering the Access Point is a one time effort, however, you will also need to register this as a network device annually in order to authenticate to the BYU secure network. If you have already registered your device as a special network device, your current subscription will be extended an additional year. When and if OIT begins providing wireless service for an area with a Registered Wireless Access Point, that access point will be shutdown and removed, and replaced with the new OIT service. Also, this service is not available for on-campus housing, as all wired ports are scheduled to be replaced with wireless technology.
There is no charge for use of this service.
BYUGuest Port Restrictions: Help Center article with port information
File Sharing: Help Center article detailing bandwidth limitations.
Mac OS X Configuration: Help Center article for Mac wireless configuration.
Proxy: BYU's proxy filtering system.
Network Device Registration: Details on registering your special wireless devices.
Expected Network Print Times - Estimated wait times for print jobs based on network speed and size of print job.
Setup Guide: Guide to connecting to BYU networks.
Supported Antivirus Providers: List of approved antivirus providers.
Supported Browsers: Office of IT's list of supported browsers.
Web Browser Compatibility Policy: Official browser policy of BYU.
Windows XP Configuration: Help Center article for Windows wireless configuration.
Printer/Network Problems: Troubleshooting tips for problems printing to campus computers