Connecting to the internet in your dorm is a short and simple process for most devices. There are only a couple of limitations to be aware of. XBOX devices must be connected via Ethernet cable to the port provided in your room, and routers are not supported.
Connecting via Ethernet
We do not support routers in our residence halls, but that does not mean you cannot get connected with a device via Ethernet. To get internet access on a personal computer while hardwired, you simply need to open your internet browser and go to http://netreg.shsu.edu. You will be presented with the terms and conditions for using our network and then asked to enter your school computer account username and password.
If you are attempting to connect any other device you will need to do a manual registration. The manual registration process will require that you know your device’s MAC address. Go to https://netreg.shsu.edu/manual.php to complete this process. Instructions for locating the MAC address for several game console devices are provided on this page to assist you.
Connecting via WiFi
Beginning in the Fall of 2017, we are providing WiFi access to all of our residence halls. Connecting to our WiFi network is a straightforward process. All you need to do is turn on your device’s WiFi connectivity and locate either “samnet” or “samnet-guest”. Both of these networks connect to the same, but allow for different ways to connect depending on your device’s compatibility. The easiest way of doing this is connect to samnet if you are on a phone, tablet or personal computer. If you are using a smart TV, compatible gaming console or another device, then use samnet-guest.
The samnet network will require that you enter your school computer account username and password to get access to the network. The samnet-guest network does not require authentication to connect to the network, but will immediately require you to enter your school computer account username and password via a browser-based authentication process before getting access to anything. Alternatively, on the samnet-guest network, you can select guest for limited access.