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On-Campus Internet Options

When you live in the NIU residence halls or Northern View Community, you have several options for connecting your devices to the Internet. If you have any problems getting online, the ResTech Helpdesk can help you get connected.

Wired Broadband / Ethernet Connection

NIU provides a wired Internet connection in all student rooms. To connect, disable the wireless connection on your computer. Plug one end of your Ethernet cable into the jack on the wall. Connect the other end of the cable to your computer. You must provide your own Ethernet cable and should purchase an unmanaged hub or switch to connect more than one device to a single jack.

  • Grant, Neptune, Gilbert: Two wired Broadband / Ethernet jacks per room, one for each resident.
  • Stevenson: One wired Broadband / Ethernet jack per bedroom. (Note: Not every jack in the room is live. Try both if you can't get online.)
  • Northern View Community: One and two bedroom apartments have a wired Broadband / Ethernet jack in the living room and the bedroom(s). Three bedroom apartments have a wired Broadband / Ethernet jack in the living room and two of the bedrooms.
  • New Hall: One wired Broadband / Ethernet jack per bedroom; one jack in the living room behind the TV.

NIU Wireless

NIU Wireless is provided in all student rooms, floor lounges, and public areas of the residence halls and throughout Northern View Community. The NIU Guest network is additionally provided for guests of NIU and provides limited access to the NIU Network and resources.

  • Use of personal routers and access points are not permitted in the residence halls.
  • Wireless printers, gaming systems, streaming devices like Chromecast, Roku, etc., and some Nook devices do not have the capability to connect to NIU's secured WPA2 Enterprise wireless networks. We recommend using the wired connection if your device supports it.
    The following devices are known to not work on NIU Wireless:
    • Kindle Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G
    • Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox Wireless Network Adapter
    • Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Sony PSP
    • Nintendo Wii, Wii U, DS, DSi and 3DS
    • Apple TV 1st and 2nd Generation
    • Nook v1.5
    • Roku HD/XD/XDS Streaming Player
    • TiVo Wireless Network Adapter
    This list is not comprehensive and will change as new information becomes available. Wired connections may work for some devices.

Personal Routers or Network Devices

Personal routers and wireless access points are prohibited in the residence halls and Northern View Community.

Personal routers and wireless access points can interfere with NIU Wireless and can cause a degradation of this NIU-provided service. You can use an unmanaged switch to connect more than one device to a single jack in your room.

If personal wireless routers are detected on the network, DoIT will either block the IP or MAC address of the router or block the entire port in the room. The student will then be contacted by ResTech staff, the NIU Abuse Investigator, or network engineers (depending on the severity and time of day).

ResNet Access & Support

All residents of the halls and Northern View Community are assessed $92 per semester (fall, spring, and summer) for ResNet Access & Support.

The funds collected enable NIU to provide Internet access and support to residents, including dedicated Internet access to every room in the residence halls, NIU Wireless in all floor lounges and student rooms, infrastructure upgrades, and support for the service provided by the ResTech Helpdesk and DoIT.

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