Connecting Multiple Computers In Residence Halls

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Stevens requires all undergraduates to have a computer for academic purposes. As such, each undergraduate is provided with an industry standard notebook computer which meets all of the requirements of the Stevens curriculum. This computer comes pre-configured for use on the Stevens Network both in the Residence Halls and in designated public areas that have been equipped with network ports, in addition to the campus-wide wireless network.

If you are a residential student and you decide to bring an additional computer to Stevens, you may connect it to the network in one of a few different ways, described below. Bringing additional computers is permitted, but their connection must be made using one of these approved methods.

  • Note: The methods described below are provided for your reference. However, Stevens does not provide technical support for these configurations. Please see the acceptable use policy before using anything described below.


Network Switch

The use of a network switch is the simplest method of connecting multiple computers or devices to one physical port. Each device must be capable of performing 802.1x authentication, and be set for DHCP. Once connected and authenticated, each device will receive a Stevens IP address, which begins with 155.246. Students are permitted to connect up to five devices to a switch at any time.

To setup:

  1. Verify that the wall outlet has network connectivity, by plugging an Ethernet cable from your laptop into the network wall jack. Make sure the connection works properly.
  2. Remove the cable from your laptop, and plug it into the first port on your switch. This will be considered the "uplink" port.
  3. Connect other devices to the other ports on the switch.

NAT Router

Using a NAT router is an alternative method of connecting multiple devices to the Stevens network. The main difference is that using a router, each device connected to it will receive a private internal IP address, usually beginning with 192.168, and the router itself will receive a Stevens IP address. Before connecting the router to the network, DHCP must be enabled (this is usually the default setting).

To setup:

  1. Register the MAC address of your router in Web for Students. Alternatively, if your router has the ability to change its MAC address, you could change it to clone your notebook computer's MAC address which is already registered.
  2. Verify that the wall outlet has network connectivity, by plugging an Ethernet cable from your laptop into the network wall jack. Make sure the connection works properly.
  3. Remove the cable from your laptop, and plug it into the WAN port on the router.
  4. One client connected to the router (e.g., your laptop) must attempt to connect to any web site. You will be forwarded to a Stevens web authentication page. Enter your Stevens username and password to log in.
  5. Verify that you have network connectivity to other websites.
  6. Connect your other devices to the LAN ports. They will now share the single ethernet connection.
  • Note: Your session will expire after 12 hours. At that time, you will be forwarded again to the authentication page, and will need to re-enter your username and password.


If you wish, you may instead connect the router as a switch, if that functionality is preferred. To do this, move the uplink cable (that is connected to the wall jack) from the WAN port, into one of the LAN ports. The disadvantage to this, however, is that you will no longer have access to the internal routers configuration page.


More information will be added to this page in the future.
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