This article gives guidance on connecting your device at the University’s internet network from the Halls of Residence. You can connect:
Please note: we are aware of current limitations with certain speaker products, such as Sonos and Google Home Mini, when connected to the University networks.
eduroam is the University’s primary wireless network for students and staff. It provides access at University resources and the Internet.
Connecting to eduroam is quick and easy. Find all the information you need in the following articles:
SOTON-IoT is an alternative network for staff and students, intended for devices that are not compatible with eduroam. This service provides limited access to University resources and the Internet.
SOTON-IoT uses a pre-shared key for authentication, much in the same way as a home router set-up. By registering your device on the University network using the device MAC address, you will receive a password to connect to SOTON-IoT.
You can register your device on the University network and connect your device to SOTON-IoT using a password. The password you will receive will be different from your University password.
You will first need to locate the MAC address of your device to register it for use on the network.
The MAC address is a unique identification number for your device on the network and will look something like 00:3e:e1:c4:5d:df. To locate the MAC address of your device read the article “How to find out the MAC address on networked devices”.
If you cannot find your device listed, then please check the settings on your device or refer to the documentation which was supplied. If you use an App to manage your device, you might be able to locate the MAC address from there.
Once you have located the MAC address of your device:
1. Go to the University’s Network Registration Portal website
2. Select the button ‘I want to connect to SOTON-IoT’
3. Log in with your University username (for example: ab1c22) and password
4. Once logged in, under the window Register Device for the SOTON-IoT Network:
5. Once registered, you will receive a notification at the top of the web page. It will contain your password for connecting to the SOTON-IoT wireless network (SSID).
You can also find your device password under the “My Registered Devices section”. Please note that this password will be different to your University password.
Now you can connect your device to the network SOTON_IoT using the password created in step 2.
You do not need your University username to connect to the wireless. Please refer to your device instruction manual on how to connect to Wi-Fi.
If you ever need to re-enter your password on your device to connect to SOTON-WiFi:
Your device password will be displayed.
If you wish to connect more than one device to the Wi-Fi, you need to:
If your device does not support this type of Wi-Fi authentication, you cannot configure it to work through our Wi-Fi service. A possible alternative would be:
Guidance on using your laptop as a mobile hotspot can be found on the following external pages:
Please note that we cannot assist you in setting up routers or personal Wi-Fi hotspots.
You are responsible for all network and internet activity in your room. You will hold accountable for any reported incidents of misuse.
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