Phones, other mobile devices, and computers will connect to our bucknell.edu wireless network, but many devices will not.

We use a standard protocol called 802.1x which requires you to log into the network with your Bucknell username and password. If your device does not have an interface where you can input your username and password, it won’t work on our network.

We do have a bucknell_guest network, designed for visitors, but it does require a web browser since you have to accept a user agreement. If your device doesn’t have a web browser, it won’t connect to bucknell_guest.

And there are many consumer devices that work perfectly well in a home environment, but which would bring our network to a screeching halt if they were allowed to connect somehow to bucknell.edu. Some examples are: Chromecast, Roku Stick, Fire Stick, and wireless printers. These are blocked on our system to improve wireless performance for mobile devices and laptops.

Here is a more complete description:

Those devices perform host discovery by sending out a broadcast message a few times a second that says something like  “Hi!  I’m the Living Room Chromecast” or “Greetings, I’m your Apple TV”.

This works fine in a small home network.  In a large campus network, however, these broadcasts would quickly use up all of the available wireless network bandwidth, making it unusable for other traffic.
For gaming consoles or streaming devices like Rokus, Apple TV, and Fire TV, you will need to connect with an ethernet cable to your network port. There is one for every student in the residence halls. It should pass through automatically, but occasionally we need to give these devices a pass through SafeConnect. If this is the case, simply email techdesk@bucknell.edu with the MAC address of your device. It is a 12-digit address that is printed on every device that uses networking.
For additional information or assistance, please contact the Tech Desk at 570.577.7777 or techdesk@bucknell.edu.
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