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How Do I Get Network Access for My Gaming Consoles?

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ASU Network Access for Game Consoles 

To connect an Xbox, Playstation, Wii, or any other internet-enabled device to the ASU network it is recommended that you connect via a wired connection using an Ethernet cable. If you need to connect your console to wirelessly, you will first need to register its wireless Media Access Control (MAC) address with ASU. This is a unique hardware address for your system and registering it will associate it with your ASURITE ID. Then connect your device to the wireless ‘asu guest’ network.
Note that some devices requiring a lower data rate such as the Nintendo Wii and older Playstation consoles cannot connect to ASU wireless networks and must connect via a Wired Connection using an Ethernet cable.

To register your device, please see How Do I Use the ASU MyDevices Portal to Register My Network Devices?
Note: The ASU network environment is not guaranteed to work with all gaming platforms. Issues experienced should be reported to the ASU Help Center, but the University cannot promise that the system will have the same online performance as on a private home network.

If you use your gaming system on WiFi and experience issues, be aware that ASU Student Housing rooms wired Ethernet connections are specifically optimized for gaming systems.   This cannot be done on the Enterprise WiFi.   When migrating from WiFi gaming to wired Ethernet, make sure the game console WiFi is disabled, plug in the Ethernet cable and restart the gaming console.

Common Gaming Consoles - How to Determine the MAC Address of the Device

MAC address on Playstation 2

  1. Power up the PS2 and load the Network Adaptor Startup Disc.
  2. Once it has loaded, select ISP Setup and press X.
  3. The ISP SETUP will begin to load, and you will be presented with a license agreement. Select Agree and press X to continue.
  4. For connection type, choose Local Area Network (LAN) and press X to continue.
  5. Select Automatic Configuration and press X to continue.
  6. At the connection screen, select Advanced and press X to continue.
  7. At the Advanced Broadband Settings screen, make sure Automatic is selected. While you are at this screen, the MAC Address is at the bottom.

MAC address on Playstation 3

  1. From the PS3 main startup screen (XMB), select Settings.
  2. Select System Settings.
  3. Select System information.
  4. This screen will display your PS3's MAC address.

MAC address on Playstation 4

  1. On the XMB, arrow up to the very top until we see the XMB Menus.
  2. Scroll over to the right to Settings.
  3. Go down to Network.
  4. Then down to View Connection Status.
  5. From this area, we can get the MAC Address (Wi-Fi).

MAC address on Wii

  1. From the Wii Channel menu, select "Wii Settings" (the round button on the bottom-left of the screen with "Wii" on it).
  2. Select Internet.
  3. Select Console Settings.
  4. The MAC address of the Wii console is displayed on the first line.

MAC address on Xbox

  1. Turn on your Xbox console with no game disc in the disc tray.
  2. From the Xbox Dashboard, choose Settings.
  3. From the Settings screen, select Network Settings.
  4. The MAC address is the 12-digit number at the bottom-right corner of the Network Settings screen.

MAC address on Xbox 360

  1. Go to the System area of the Xbox Dashboard and select Network Settings.
  2. Select Edit Settings.
  3. From Additional Settings, select Advanced Settings.
  4. At the bottom of this screen you'll see a heading called Wired MAC Address. Use this MAC address for both wired and wireless network connectivity.

MAC address on Xbox One

  1. Select Settings.
  2. Select Network.
  3. Select Advanced Settings.
  4. The Wireless MAC address on this screen. It should be in the format “00:00:00:00:00:00.”
MAC address on Nintendo Switch 
  1. From the Home Menu select Systems Settings.
  2. Scroll down the System Settings menu and select Internet.
  3. The Nintendo Switch console's MAC address will be listed under the heading System MAC Address.
Related articles:  If you have any additional questions or problems, please feel free to call the University Housing Technology Center at 480-965-8565.


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