The following information will assist you in setting up your personal device and provide information about university equipment inside your Residence Hall. For additional assistance, please contact the Technology Support Center. For answers to some basic questions, check out our New Student FAQ below.
Connecting Your Device
You cannot connect to the BGSU network wirelessly with a gaming device.
The following information will assist you with setting up your personal device on the BGSU network through an ethernet cord. Before we begin, be sure to plug your device into an active ethernet port.
First, we will need to determine the MAC or Physical Address of your device. If you are using a laptop or a desktop computer, you can skip this step. The following guides will help you locate the MAC address if you are using a gaming device:
Next, we will need to open the BGSU Network Registration Page (http://netreg.bgsu.edu). This page should come up by default on any device that has not yet been registered. You will be asked to accept the BGSU Network Policy before continuing, select "Accept" at the bottom of the page if you agree to move on. (Screen Shot)
Once you have accepted the agreement, you will need to sign into the NetReg page. This login will be your BGSU Username and Password, exactly the same as you would use to log into MyBGSU. (Screen Shot)
Now that you have signed in you will be taken to a page to register your device. If you have this screen open on the machine you are trying to register, simply press the "Detect" button next to the box labeled "MAC Address." If you are registering a different device enter the MAC Address into the box. Enter a description of which device this is you are trying to register and then select the operating system or device type from the drop down menu. Once the information is all filled in, select the blue "Register" button. (Screen Shot)
You should now see a message letting you know your registration was successful. You just need to restart the device to gain access to the Internet. (Screen Shot)
BGSU does not support wireless personal printing. Please use the USB Cable that came with your device.
The Technology Support Center is dedicated to providing all our on-campus students with the information they will need to strive at Bowling Green State University. Frequently, new students will come to us with questions about their different technology needs. On this page are frequently asked questions (FAQ) from new students and parents alike.
New Student FAQ
The bookstore offers a guide on buying a computer to bring to BGSU based on the recommendations of Technology Support Center and each of the academic departments. Pick something you are comfortable with using.
If you are concerned about getting hardware issues repaired, it is advised to go with an Apple, Dell or HP computer, as the department that resolves those issues does not work on other brands of computers.
Computers can be connected to the network either with a wired or
wireless connection. Any desktop computer purchased today will have the
capabilities for the wired connection, and any laptop will have the
capabilities for at least the wireless connection if not the wired as
It is highly recommended that students connect to the wired network while in their room, as the wired connection is faster, more reliable, and more secure.
We recommend that student's purchase cables that are at least 25 feet in length. This is because it is prohibited for students to run cables in their rooms across the floor or ceiling.
At this time, there is no specific software required to connect to the network.
Game consoles, DVR devices and other Internet ready devices can be connected to the network, but the quality of use cannot be guaranteed. If you are able to locate the MAC or Physical Address, you can register the device with instructions located above.
Centennial Hall - 1 per room
Conklin North - 1 per person
Falcon Heights - 1 per room
Founders Hall - 1 per person
Harshman Quadrangle - 1 per person
Kohl Hall - 4 with mini hub
Kreischer Quadrangle - 1 per person
McDonald Hall - 1 per person
Offenhauer Towers - 1 per person
Fraternity and Sorority Residences - 1 per person
Peer to Peer software is not allowed at the university. For more information, click here.
It is the responsibility of all users of BGSU information technology resources to know and understand all relevant laws and policies that govern usage. In general, the members of the BGSU community obey the law as well as the BGSU Information Technology Policy. However, some BGSU students, as well as many college and university students across the nation, continue to ignore and dismiss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which is intended to limit the liability of service providers whose users are infringing upon the copyright of others, and to define the procedures necessary to report such infringement.
Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Office of Student Affairs have implemented a layered approach to educate students on the issues surrounding the DMCA, as well as measures to help enforce the proper, non-copyright infringing use of information technology.
Labs in Residence Halls
Each residence hall contains at least one computer lab, with some halls having more than one lab. Each lab inside a residence hall has a combination of Dells running Windows 7 and Apples running Macintosh OS X, and each computer is set to print to a black and white laser printer.
Labs inside of residence halls are provided as work environments for students and members of the residence community. The primary use of these resources is for academic related work. All other uses are considered secondary.
The residence hall computer labs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This access is based on security measures listed below and the cooperation of on-campus residents. This access continues as long as rules for the labs are followed and there is no theft, damage, tampering, or abuse.
For a comprehensive list of software available in each lab inside a residence hall click here.
Printing in the resident hall computer labs is done on black and white printers with duplexing enabled (prints on both sides of the paper).
Visit this link to learn more about printing costs.
Students can bring laptops to use in the computer labs. Some labs have rectangular tables with network ports and electrical outlets, while others have comfortable furniture with arm tablets.
Most computer labs have a scanner connected to one of the computers.
In order to not only protect the computers within each lab, but all students using the labs, each residence hall computer lab has the following:
- Windowed doors for visibility
- Red emergency phones which automatically dial Campus Safety through 911
- Computer security alarms to alert tampering and theft
For a list of Information Technology Policies, please see our policy page.