For the 2022-2023 School year, the ONLY MSOE residence hall where WiFi network access is provided by the university is in Viets Tower. All other campus residence buildings provide only wired Ethernet ports for the use of the residents. If WiFi is desired in the other buildings, then residents will need to provide their own equipment. Wireless Routers are preferred. Devices with built-in Cable Modems will NOT work. Please review the following guide.
Selecting a Networking Device for your On-Campus Residence
The only on-campus housing that has WiFi provided to the residents by the university is Viets Tower. In all other campus residence facilities (Grohmann Tower, Margaret Loock Residence Hall, Regents Residence Hall), network access is provided ONLY as wired Ethernet ports. In these buildings, WiFi must be provided by devices that the students procure themselves.
It is recommended that students procure a Wireless Router. Most on-campus living spaces can easily be serviced by a small, inexpensive Router. Range extenders and Mesh networking technologies are unnecessary, and will only add to the expense of the devices.
Some Wireless Router devices that are useful in small residence-hall living space are:
- TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A8)
- Netgear 4-Stream WiFi 6 Router (R6700AX)
Please see the building-specific guides below.
Some Cable Modems are sold with WiFi router capabilities included. A Cable Modem is a devices for translating a signal to another format, and will NOT work on the MSOE campus.
Since a Wireless Router connects different networks together, it is important to pay attention to which interfaces get plugged into which devices. Usually, a Wireless Router will have an Uplink or an Internet interface, and several Local Area Network, or LAN interfaces. The Internet/WAN/Uplink interface must be plugged into the Ethernet port on the wall in the residence room, while the LAN interfaces are for the student-owned devices that will be plugged into the in-room network.
Notes regarding individual resident buildings at MSOE
Recent renovations of this residence hall allowed for the opportunity of installing in-room WiFi, in addition to wired Ethernet network access for residents of this building. Each resident room has its own WiFi access point, allowing access to the campus network, as well as its own in-room network. The MSOE provided WiFi in the resident rooms is limited to the 5Ghz spectrum used in the WiFi standards 802.11ac and 802.11g, which can sometimes be a problem for devices with older WiFi implementations, such as some game consoles. For these devices, it is recommended that the residents use the wired Ethernet ports provided.
More information about Viets Tower is provided in the following Knowledgebase article:
Regents Residence Hall
The Regents residence hall is designed with Suite-style residences. There is usually a common living-space and bathroom, shared among multiple rooms for one or two occupants. In this building, Each student is provided with an Ethernet port above the bed-room door. Double-occupancy rooms have two Ethernet ports, while Single Occupancy rooms have only a single port.
It is likely that a single, well-placed Wireless Router will provide sufficient radio coverage to the entire suite.
Margaret Loock Residence Hall
Margaret Loock Hall is a traditional residence hall. Most rooms are double-occupancy, and have two Ethernet ports above the door, with a cable running to each desk-area for a resident.
A single Wireless Router will provide sufficient radio coverage to the entire room.
Grohmann Tower Apartments
Grohmann Tower is an apartment building, owned by the university. Some apartments have multiple bed-rooms. Each Apartment has multiple Ethernet ports, but only one Ethernet port is connected to the MSOE Campus network a time. Residents may request that the port that they use can be changed from one to another, at their discretion.
It is likely that a single, well-placed Wireless Router will provide sufficient radio coverage to the entire apartment.
WiFi around the rest of the MSOE Campus
For questions about Which WiFi network to use, and how to join the WiFi networks, please refer to the following article:
All use of MSOE's computers and networks must conform with the MSOE Information Technology acceptable use policy. Please review it here:
If you have any questions at all about the networking details, or if you would like to know if your device is likely to be compatible, please contact the MSOE IT Help-Desk for assistance.