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Activating Smartphones, Tablets, and Gaming Consoles on the BC Network

Wireless connections

Every Wi-Fi device (smartphone, tablet, wireless gaming console, etc.) on the BC wireless network must be activated in order to access the Internet and email. Most devices can be activated on the device itself by going to the activation site at: activate.bc.edu

If you cannot activate on the device itself:

  1. Find your device's MAC address (also called Hardware Address). A MAC (Media Access Control) address is a 12-digit alphanumeric code that is unique to each piece of networking hardware. To find the MAC address, consult your smartphone, gaming console, or other device's user manual or Google it. See instructions for commonly used smartphones.
  2. Once you have the MAC address, use a computer that is already activated on the BC network and go to activate.bc.edu to activate your device on the BC network.

Need help? Call the Help Center at 617-552-HELP (4357) or bring your device to the Walk-In Help Desk.

Note: To ensure the quality of the BC-provided wireless service in the common areas, ITS will disable and remove any unauthorized wireless routers or other access points found to be interfering with the BC wireless network.

 

Wired connections

Why is there only one wired network jack in your room?

This means your residence hall network has been upgraded to 802.1n wireless (the fastest there is) and the remaining jacks have been upgraded from 100MB to 1GB. The reason for this change is that less than 10% of the wired jacks are being used in residence halls. It makes more fiscal sense to expand and improve the wireless network, which everyone uses, than upgrade wired network equipment very few people use. An added benefit of having less wired jacks is that BC is using less power, thus making our ecological footprint a little smaller.

Have more than one wired device in your residence hall room?

ITS recommends you use wireless for all your devices. If your device does not have built-in wireless capabilities you can purchase a wireless adapter. Or, you can purchase a network switch (not a wireless router or access point), which allows you to plug in more than one device to your wired network jack. To discuss your options, call the Help Center at 617-552-HELP (4357).

Note: To ensure the quality of the BC-provided wireless service in the common areas, ITS will disable and remove any unauthorized wireless routers or other access points found to be interfering with the BC wireless network.