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Devicenet allows for online gaming in student housing

By: CHRISSY BOHLMANN
Staff Writer
cmbohlma@iusb.edu

A free Wi-Fi network allows students in campus housing to use PlayStations, Xboxs and other devices for online gaming.
Devicenet is offered to student housing and has been active since September 2014.
“Apple TV and almost every game console will not use IU Secure,” said Paul Sharpe, executive director at the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology.
Devicenet is meant to be used only for devices that cannot use the IU Secure network, said Phil Mikulak, telecommunications and network director. It should never be used for banking or anything else private because Devicenet does not encrypt passwords or usernames.
“The last time I checked, there were 40 to 50 active devices using Devicenet,” Mikulak said. “That number may go up some during the most active times.”
To use this service, students must register their device by calling the IU South Bend Support Center at 574-520-5555. When calling, it is helpful to have one’s Media Access Control (MAC) address ready.
“Xbox is the most popular, followed by Sony, followed by Wii,” Sharpe said.
Students may also self-register their device by visiting kb.iu.edu and searching the term “Devicenet.”
“We realized that our students needed something to connect their gaming,” Mikulak said. “Bloomington was already using Devicenet to do that.”
Sharpe said because the IU network shares information about research support, gaming, printing, Wi-Fi connections and other aspects of student life, IUSB can offer students a better academic and campus experience

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