Before you begin
To access Stanford's wireless network, you will need the following:
- A valid SUNet ID or wireless guest account*
- Your Windows Vista computer
- An 802.11b or 802.11g compatible wireless adapter
*If you do not have a SUNet ID, please follow the instructions on the Access for Stanford Visitors page.
Register your wireless system (or device)
for Faculty and Staff, and Students living off-campus
You should see the Stanford Network Self-Registration page when you first attempt to connect your computer to the Stanford Network. The instructions below walk you through the self-registration process; if for any reason they don't work for you, contact your Local Network Administrator (LNA) or submit a HelpSU Request. See Getting additional help at the end of this page for details.
Students living in an on-campus residence: From your on-campus residence, register your computer at rescomp.stanford.edu.
- From within a Stanford wireless-enabled location, connect to the Stanford wireless network (for assistance, see Connect to Stanford's wireless network), open a web browser and point it to any page.
- Instead of your target
URL, the Stanford Network Self-Registration page is displayed. Click Register for Network Access.
- Next, the Stanford University Network Options page is displayed. Click Network
- When the login screen is displayed, log in with your SUNet ID and password.
- Next you will be asked to choose where the computer will be used most
- Department-Location: select the department or location that most closely corresponds to where you will typically use the computer (required).
- Room Number: enter your room or office number (required). If you don't know the exact room or office number, enter a very brief description of where you will be using the computer.
- On the next page, the system will auto-fill your SUNet ID, LNA (or other
administrator), and your computer's unique identifier. Answer the last
two questions about your computer name and then click Continue.
Note: Read the paragraph at the bottom of the screen concerning Restricted Data. If your computer will be used to access Restricted Data, click the Data classification link at the bottom of the screen to learn more.
- If you started the self-registration process in the last 7 days
but did not complete it: You will see a page welcoming you back,
along with the date you started the process. Click Download the
Stanford Network Registration Tool.
Note: You have 7 days to complete the registration process.
- If you have not started the self-registration process in the last 7
days: Click Download the Stanford Network Registration
- Open the installer package to install the
software. If any of the checks fail, click the button to the right in
take the appropriate action to correct the problem.
Note: If you need to install any patches that require your computer to reboot, you will need to rerun the Stanford Network Registration Tool after rebooting to verify that your system now passes that test. For computers that need a number of patches, it is not uncommon to have to do this a few times. (On average, installations take about a half hour; however, if your computer requires a large number of operating system updates, the process could take up to several hours.)
- Once the software is installed and the program has run its checks on
your computer, a diagnostic page is displayed. Click Continue.
- When the Almost done page is displayed, click Continue.
- A message is displayed when registration has been successfully
completed. Click OK.
- After approximately 20 minutes, restart your computer so it will receive its newly assigned network address.
If you are unable to self-register, or if you have questions about the process, contact your Local Network Administrator (LNA) or RCC, or submit a HelpSU Request. See Getting additional help at the end of this page for details.
Connect to Stanford's wireless network
sure that your wireless radio is turned on. Some laptops have a switch
on the front or side that lets you enable and disable the wireless
connection and other laptops use a keyboard shortcut to do this.
- Click Start and then click Connect To.
- Select Stanford from the list of wireless connections and then click Connect.
this is the first time you are connecting to the Stanford wireless
network, a dialog box will be displayed saying that Stanford is an
unsecured network. Click Connect Anyway.
dialog box will be displayed when your connection to the Stanford
wireless network is successful. If this is your first time connecting
to Stanford, select Save this network. (You won't see this option on subsequent connections.) Then, click Close.
Getting additional help
Students: Contact your Residential Computer Coordinator (RCC).
You will need to provide your LNA or RCC with your MAC address. Here's how to find it:
- Click the Windows Start button.
- In the Search box, type cmd and
then press ENTER.
- At the C:\ prompt, type ipconfig /all and press ENTER.
next screen displays information about the adapter for your wireless
network connection. Your twelve-digit, hardware MAC address is in the Physical
Address field. Write down the Physical Address.
You will probably see physical addresses for more than one adapter. Make sure that you note the physical address of your wireless network connection. You may have to scroll to find the wireless adapter.In the following example, the hardware MAC address is
Note: Your computer will not be able to access the Stanford's wireless network until your wireless adapter information has been entered in NetDB.
- At the C:\ prompt, type exit to close the window.