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Connecting Devices (not computers) to the Wired Network (gaming, VoIP, or media streaming systems)

All Internet-capable devices must be registered on the Rice network. If you have a device that cannot go through the registration process, like a gaming system, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) system or media streaming device, it can be manually registered following the directions below.

Registration

Gaming Systems

Voice over IP Systems

Media Streaming Systems

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Registration

The following information is for connecting gaming, voice-over-IP (VoIP), or media streaming systems to the network manually.  Do not use for computers (desktop or laptop).

To register your wired network device, please follow the link below and answer the questions provided. Note: we can only register wired devices, not wireless. You must be on the Rice network for this link to work.

Then, restart your device.

Gaming Systems

How to game over the Rice network

In order to be able to use your internet capable gaming console on the Rice network, you will have to register it with OIT. We will need to know the MAC address for the system you wish to use. Listed below are the instructions for finding this address on common gaming systems.

MAC Identification for Common Gaming Systems

Playstation 4

  • Turn on the PlayStation 4 with no disc in the drive.
  • Select "Settings"
  • Select "Network"
  • Select "View Connection Status"
  • The MAC address will be listed under "MAC Address (LAN Cable)"

Xbox

  • Turn on your Xbox console with no game disc in the disc tray.
  • From the Xbox Dashboard, choose Xbox Live.
  • From the Connect Status screen, select Settings.
  • The MAC address is the 12-digit number at the bottom-right corner of the Network Settings screen.

Voice over IP Systems

How to talk over the Rice network

In order to be able to use your voice over ip (VoIP) phone on the Rice network, you will have to register it with OIT. We will need to know the MAC address for the system you wish to use. Listed below are the instructions for finding this address on commonly used devices.

Vonage V-Phone

  • The address is located on the outside of the V-Phone's packaging.
  • The WAN MAC address is also the name of the drive that appears when you insert the V-Phone into your PC's USB port.
  • Open My Computer and look for the drive with the Vonage icon.
  • The WAN MAC address is the name of that drive.

Other Vonage phone adapters

  • Remove the phone adapter from its packaging.
  • Turn the device over.
  • On the bottom of the device you will find the WAN MAC Address.

Media Streaming Systems

How to watch over the Rice network

In order to be able to use your media streaming device on the Rice network, you will have to register it with OIT. We will need to know the MAC address for the system you wish to use. Listed below are the instructions for finding this address on commonly used devices.

Roku

  • From the Home screen, press Up to make the Menu Bar appear.
  • Select Settings.
  • Select Player Info.
  • The MAC Address will be listed on the screen. It's also listed on the back of the box itself.

To retrieve the MAC Address from a Roku 3 from the "Secret Menu":

Roku optional menus

Warning: Under normal conditions, you should never need to make any changes to the settings in these menus, unless instructed by Roku.  Some options within these menus may cause your Roku player to lose functionality.

Roku Menu

 Menu name

 Instructions to enable

 Secret Screen

Press the following sequence of keys:

  • Home - x5 (5 times)
  • FF - x3
  • RW - x2

Apple TV

  • Make sure your Apple TV has an Ethernet cable already plugged into the wall.
  • From the home screen, select Settings.
  • Select General.
  • Select either About or Network.
  • The MAC Address will be listed as the Ethernet address. (Note: if you don't have an Ethernet cable plugged in, you will get a WiFi address, which may be different from the Ethernet address.)

Need help?

If you need assistance, contact the OIT Help Desk.




Keywords:games, gaming consoles, xbox, playstation, manual registration, roku nintendo, voip, media streaming, Apple TV, voice-over-IP VoIP   Doc ID:64433
Owner:Dora L.Group:Rice University
Created:2016-06-24 12:57 CSTUpdated:2022-08-09 10:35 CST
Sites:Rice University
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