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UMass Amherst community members can connect gaming consoles and streaming devices to UMASS-DEVICES to access applications and play games online. Note: Connectivity is not guaranteed.

Supported devices: Gaming consoles (Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox) and personal assistants (e.g. Amazon Echo) and some other consumer device types. Support for specific devices on this network is provided on a best effort basis, and some may have trouble connecting. 

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How to Connect

Follow these instructions to register your device, and then connect to the UMASS-DEVICES network.

  1. On another device, go to https://devices.it.umass.edu and log in with your NetID and password (where Username is your NetID - do not append '@umass.edu' to your NetID). The New Device Registration page will open.
  2. On the New Device Registration page:
    • You will see the Passphrase (PSK) for the network.
    • In the MAC Address field, enter your device's MAC Address.
      See the manufacturer's documentation for instructions on how to find your device's MAC address. 
    • In the Description field, enter a short description of your device (for your reference only).
    • From the Device Type drop-down menu, select your Device Type.
    • Review the Terms of Use and check the I own this device and accept the terms box.
    • Next, click Create Device. The Finished Creating Device page will open. This page shows your device registration information.
  3. To register another device, or manage your devices, use the Device Registration menu options on the left.

Congratulations, you can now configure your registered device(s) for UMASS-DEVICES. If you have questions, call 413-545-TECH or email it@umass.edu

 


 

Important Notes

  • A valid UMass Amherst NetID is required for use.
  • The UMASS-DEVICES network is now available everywhere there is wireless coverage.
  • You must register your device(s) before you connect to the network for it to work correctly.
  • Users can register and manage up to five devices.
  • Connectivity is not guaranteed and is limited to the devices listed above.
  • Software updates on supported devices could cause connectivity issues.
  • Connectivity is contingent on accepting the Terms of Use while registering.
  • Desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets (e.g., 802.1x capable devices) cannot use this SSID. They must use eduroam.
  • Some Kindle tablets may also work with eduroam. Check for 802.1x support.
  • Because of vendor architecture Google Home products will likely not work. Amazon Echo products should work with limited functionality.
  • All device registrations will be removed annually on August 1. You will need to re-register your devices after that date each year.

Not currently available at this time

  • Features available in a home setting may not work in the campus enterprise environment. Specifically, "secure intra-user based device communication" (e.g., L2 discovery, device discovery, additional features) is not available at this time.
  • Static IPs, hostnames, and other custom network requirements are not supported at this time.
  • If you connect your device before you register it you may have to power off the device for 30 minutes then re-connect.
  • Older models may not work properly. UMass Amherst IT can only provide minimal support for older device models.
  • Most smart TV models are supported with a limited subset of functionality.