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Using a Router on the RIT Network

Note: The instructions listed here to configure a wireless router are provided for students living off-campus; wireless routers are prohibited on the RIT campus.

A router is a network device that allows multiple computers, handheld devices, and game consoles to communicate with each other and share a single connection to the Internet. A router usually contains one WAN/Internet uplink port and multiple numbered network (LAN) ports (usually 4-5) for all your network devices to connect to.

If you wish to use a router on the RIT Network there are a few things you need to know before plugging one in:

  1. ITS Resnet does not support ANY brand of router; if you do decide to use a router, you do so at your own risk. Any traffic originating from this device is YOUR responsibility. That being said, if you do have a problem we will do our best to assist you.
  2. Routers MUST be secured before they are connected to the network, this will prevent unauthorized users from connecting to your router.
  3. Routers MUST be plugged in correctly. Please read this entire tutorial BEFORE plugging your router into the wall!

It's just a router, so what's the fuss?
When routers are plugged in correctly, secured, and configured properly there is no fuss; however, when those items are ignored there can be huge problems. Routers plugged in incorrectly may cause your entire floor or apartment buildingto lose conectivity. A misconfigured router can do the same. An insecure router may become compromised, and may be used for malicious purposes. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure your router is ready to be connected to the RIT network. Any network traffic generated from your network connection is ultimately YOUR responsibility! This means if your router is compromised or is being used for illicit activity such as copyright infringement (or worse) you will be the one who will be contacted by ITS, the police or even the FBI, so secure your router!

Getting your router ready for the RIT Network
To be sure your router is ready to be used on the RIT network, please follow the steps below CAREFULLY:


    Getting Started
  1. Plug your router into its power supply, then plug one end of a network cable into a numbered port on your router and the other into the network port on your computer. (Once you have completed this tutorial you may then plug other devices into the other numbered ports.) We will use the uplink port, and plug into the wall jack once we secure the router.
  2. Using a web browser, type the IP Address for your router into the address bar. (Usually 192.168.0.1, but check your manual)
  3. Your browser should then prompt you for a username and password; this information will be provided in your router's user manual.
  4. Once logged in, follow the steps below to secure your router.

    Configuring and securing your router
    In order secure your router you will need to complete the following steps (you will need information from the router manual to do so):

  1. Set the log in password. Most routers come with a default password; this password is the same for any router made by that company. Upon your first log in it is reccomended that you change this password immediately!
  2. Note: The instructions listed here to configure a wireless router are provided for students living off-campus; wireless routers are prohibited on the RIT campus.

  3. Wireless routers require more security than the exclusive wired variety. Please complete the following steps if you are using a wireless router:
    • Set MAC filtering, this allows only specified MAC addresses (specific computers) to connect to your Router.
    • Set an SSID that is unique, and do not broadcast it (usually a check box in the configuration)
      • Set a WPA/WPA2 Key, this is a "password" which a computer will need to provide in order to connect to your wireless access point.

    • IMPORTANT: While you are in the configuration interface, you will need to obtain the router's MAC (physical) address. Be sure to write this down! You may need it during the network device registration process. If you have trouble finding the MAC address please consult your router's user manual; it should be able to tell you where to find this information.

    • Plugging into the network and registering your router
      Now that you have secured your router you may now connect it to the RIT network. To do so, connect a network cable between the WAN/Internet uplink port and the wall. The WAN/Internet uplink port is the ONLY port that can be plugged into the wall. DO NOT plug your wall connection into ANY numbered ports or your wall connection will be disabled!

    Registration

    Once this connection between the wall and the router has been made, the router must be registered on the network, just like any other network device.
  1. To register your router, go to a web browser on the connected computer; this should automatically direct you to http://start.rit.edu.
  2. Click on the "Register your computer" link (even if you have registered this computer in the past). This step is not registering the computer, but rather it is registering the router, as your connection to the Internet is now through your router.

That's it! You completed the process of activating your router on the RIT network. If you ever need to move your router or move network cables connected to it, please remember to only plug your wall jack into the WAN/Internet uplink port on your router. Following this simple rule will make you and your neighbors much happier!

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