Students (both undergrad and graduate) get most of the help they need with computers through their Resident Computer Consultant (RCC). These are students who live in student housing whose job it is to provide this help. Each RCC is assigned to a housing unit (some larger ones may have several RCCs). To find yours, go to
To register your iPhone so that it can connect to the Stanford wireless network, note your iPhone's MAC address and then contact your Local Network Administrator or RCC. If you're a student living off campus, submit a HelpSU request.
To find your iPhone's MAC address:
Remote SUNet Access over DSL provides a high-speed network connection to a faculty or staff member's home or off-campus location that is comparable to the one in their Stanford office.
You must register your iPhone's wireless card so that it can connect automatically to Stanford's wireless network into Stanford's NetDB system.
On-campus students can register their wireless card online at the Rescomp website. If you can't self-register, contact your RCC for help.
NetDB is a database tool used primarily by LNAs (local network administrators) and IT Services staff to assign and manage IP addresses for computers and printers.
Every laptop manufacturer has their own way of managing wireless network connections. See Details.
Some methods used to turn off the wireless network connection in Windows include:
You need to register your computer before you can connect to Stanford's wireless network.
Registering your computer:
For Faculty, Staff, and Students living off-campus: You should see the Stanford Network Self-Registration page when you first attempt to connect your computer to the Stanford Network. Follow the on-screen instructions.
To connect to Stanford's wireless network, you need a valid SUNet ID or a wireless guest account and an 802.11b or 802.11g compatible wireless adapter.
The wireless network on campus does not use WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol) at this time. Exploits for WEP are well known, so it is not considered secure.
Make sure your card is registered in NetDB. Registration takes effect after 15-30 minutes after it is entered into NetDB.
If you are trying to connect to the wireless network, make sure your card's SSID is set to Stanford (the SSID is case-sensitive; use initial capital S).
Your laptop's network address is controlled by the device (Wireless Access Point) that issued the address. When you move around, you lose connection with that device which makes the address unusable.
Rebooting your machine lets the device in the area you have moved to issue your laptop another address. After reboot, a new connection will be established.
Stanford does not currently encrypt data on the wireless network.
You will typically see network speeds on campus around 4 Mbps for 802.11b and 12 Mbps for 802.11g. This is adequate for most applications. A lot depends on where you are in relation to the wireless access point and the speed of the wired network behind the access point.