Wired & Wireless Networks

Do wireless printers work on the Harvard network?

Please be advised that wireless printers may not work on the Harvard wireless network.  These devices are currently unsupported by Harvard University Information Technology.

Wireless printers are designed for, and work well in, simple home networks.  They require multicast services, which are unavailable on most campus networks.  Many universities are experiencing the same issue with wireless printing.   Wireless printing may work in some locations from VPN.

Do wireless speakers work on the Harvard network?

Please be advised that new wireless speaker technologies employed by manufacturers such as Sonos and Denon will not be fully functional on the Harvard wireless network.

Integrated wireless speaker systems such as those sold by Sonos or Denon are designed for, and work well in, simple home networks.  They do not work across IP subnets.  On the Harvard network, devices on the wired network and the wireless network are on different IP subnets.  As a result, the controller and the speakers will not be able to communicate, and the devices will not… Read more about Do wireless speakers work on the Harvard network?

Do Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV work on campus?

Not all services associated with Apple TVs, Roku devices, or Chromecast devices will work on the Harvard wireless network.

These devices were designed to work in home network environments, and therefore do not fully function on a campus network environment.

Specifically, these devices do not work across IP subnets, and require multicast services that are unavailable on the campus network. Many universities are experiencing the same issue with these devices.

Services that will work on campus:

Internet streaming from providers such as Netflix,… Read more about Do Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV work on campus?

How do I get my MAC address?

The Media Access Control (MAC) Address is also called the physical address of a network adapter.

Note that, on a computer with a wired and a wireless connection (such as most laptops and notebooks), there will be one MAC Address for the wired (Ethernet) connection and another for the wireless connection.

The following instructions will walk you through obtaining the MAC Address for either your wired or wireless network adapter. Your MAC address is unique to your computer and will always be in the following format, which may contain both the numbers 0 through 9 and the letters… Read more about How do I get my MAC address?

How do I connect to Harvard wireless?

Supported operating systems:

    • Windows OS
    • Linux
    • Mac OS X
    • iOS
    • Android
    • Other, i.e.: PlayStation

Harvard Secure Wireless

    • Preferred and recommended by HUIT
    • Provides Enhanced Security including Encryption of all Data Exchanged with Your Device
    • Secured by HUID/Password Access
    • Secured by securew2 Supplicant
    • Supports a wide variety of Operating System Platforms
    • Access continues as long as your Harvard login credentials are valid

Add… Read more about How do I connect to Harvard wireless?