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Finding your MAC Address

UVM and other large organizations utilize a WPA2 Enterprise wireless network, granting enhanced security methods, additional controls, and a number of other options critical to UVM’s wireless infrastructure. Unfortunately, game consoles and media streaming devices are not designed to be compatible with WiFi using WPA2 Enterprise network security, as these type of devices are made for common consumer network configurations like those on your standard home wireless router.

As an alternative, Ethernet equipped devices can connect to the internet using the data port located in your residential hall. All you need to do is complete the Network Registration Form at go.uvm.edu/playonline. To complete the form, you will need the Wired MAC address of the your device. See below for instructions on finding your MAC address.

Please click here to verify your device will be compatible with UVM’s wired network.
Incompatible devices will be unable to access the internet. 

Registering an Ethernet Adapter

Some devices that do not have an ethernet port can still be connected to the wired network via an ethernet adapter.  When doing this, you’ll need to register the adapter’s MAC address, rather than that of the device that is connecting through it.

Some ethernet adapters will have the MAC address printed on the side of the item itself.  If this is not the case, you can register the adapter manually like this:

  1. Using a laptop or desktop computer, connect the computer to the wired network using an ethernet cable and the adapter.
  2. On the computer, visit https://netreg.uvm.edu and register the device.
  3. Your adapter will now be registered, and should be usable with your media device.

If you don’t have a computer that you can do this with, you can also bring the adapter to the Computer Clinic so we can help register it.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

  1. Navigate to the Settings page
  2. Select Network
  3. Select Advanced Settings
  4. Under IP Settings, the MAC address will be listed next to Wired MAC on the right-hand side of the screen

Xbox One

New, freshly opened Xbox Ones require a different process to get your MAC address. Skip to the next section.


Finding your MAC Address in Network Settings

The Network screen is the place you come to for everything that involves your console’s ability to connect to Xbox Live, play multiplayer games, and troubleshoot general network performance issues. To get to the Network screen:

  1. Press the Xbox button on your gamepad to open the guide.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Select Network.
  5. Select Network settings.

The Network screen is divided into three columns. This page describes network settings options that are available from each of these columns.
Now that you’ve located your Wired MAC address, please include it in your Network Registration Form at go.uvm.edu/playonline.

New Xbox One – Finding your MAC Address

If your Xbox One is fresh out of the box and has never connected to the internet before, it will try to run a system update as soon as it is turned on. This process requires an internet connection and cannot be skipped. You are unable to view your MAC address during this process, so cannot register your Xbox One for an internet connection.

Heres the workaround:

  1. Proceed through System Startup. It will fail because you do not have an internet connection.
  2. Select the “Fix It” option to attempt to diagnose the connection issue.
  3. You will be brought to a screen prompting you to manually set up the connection. This screen lists both your wireless and wired MAC address
  4. Record the Wired MAC address and include it in your Network Registration Form at go.uvm.edu/playonline.

Playstation 5

  1. Power on the PS5.
  2. In the PS5 menu, press the up arrow button, then select Settings
  3. Scroll down and select Network
  4. Scroll down and select View Connection Status
  5. The MAC address will be listed next to MAC Address (LAN)

Playstation 4

Finding your MAC Address in System Information

  1. Turn on your Playstation 4 without any disk in the drive and wait for the menu to pop up.
  2. Navigate to the Settings icon.Playstation4(1)
  3. Select the System icon under the Settings menu.
  4. Select System Information.Playstation4(3)
  5. Here you will see your MAC address under MAC Address (LAN Cable). It may have letters and/or numbers and will be in the format 00:00:00:00:00:00.Playstation4(4)Now that you’ve located your Wired MAC address, please include it in your Network Registration Form at go.uvm.edu/playonline.

Switch

You will need to have a USB to Ethernet adapter to connect your Nintendo Switch to UVM’s wired network.


Finding your MAC Address in System Settings

  1. Select “System Settings” from the HOME Menu.
  2. Scroll down through the menu and select “Internet.”
  3. The Nintendo Switch console’s MAC address will be listed under “Wired MAC Address.”

Apple TV

Finding your MAC Address in Settings

  1. Go to the main menu.
  2. Select Settings, and then select About.
  3. On this screen, you should be able to see the MAC address listed as “Ethernet Address” or “Hardware Address.” A MAC address may have letters and/or numbers and will be in the format 00:00:00:00:00:00. Now that you’ve located your Wired MAC address, please include it in your Network Registration Form at go.uvm.edu/playonline.

Roku

Finding your MAC Address on the Roku Device

  1. Ensure that you have a compatible Roku player with an Ethernet port. The Roku 3 is the most recent Roku that offers this feature.
  2. Locate your Roku’s wired MAC address. This can be found on either the side or bottom of your player, or on the box you received it in. If you are unable to locate the MAC address that way, open the home screen on your Roku from your TV and then go to Settings > Network. The MAC address needed to register your Roku will be listed as either Ethernet Address or Wired MAC Address. The MAC address may have letters and/or numbers and will be in the format 00:00:00:00:00:00.
    Now that you’ve located your Wired MAC address, please include it in your Network Registration Form at go.uvm.edu/playonline.

Smart TV

Below are instructions for finding your Smart TV’s MAC address.

Search Google for a support page to find the wired MAC address for the make and model of your TV.  The MAC address may have letters and/or numbers and will be in the format 00:00:00:00:00:00
Once you’ve located the Wired MAC address, please complete the Network Registration Form at go.uvm.edu/playonline.

Other Devices

Check your device manual or manufacturer, or google the product for instructions on locating your Ethernet Wired MAC address. 

Updated on September 21, 2021

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