Both Gigabit Ethernet (wired) and WiFi (wireless) internet are available in your room. To take full advantage of high-speed internet, you are encouraged to use the Ethernet connection.
Next Generation Network Upgrade
The University is currently upgrading all WiFi across UMN Twin Cities campuses as part of the Next Generation Network (NGN) project. Learn more about the NGN project.
What This Means For You
We’re doubling the amount of WiFi access points in our buildings. The new equipment uses the latest technology, which means that internet speeds are 2-3 times faster.
The UMN’s high-speed Gigabit Ethernet is 14x faster than the national average. Simply plug in the Ethernet (RJ45) cable into the Ethernet jack, and you’re good to go! One Ethernet jack is provided for each resident. Residents must bring their own Ethernet cable.
Personal WiFi access points or routers are not allowed in HRL Residence Halls & Apartments per the ResNet User Agreement. If you use a personal WiFi access point, your access could be disabled. However, if you need extra connections in your room, wired switches are allowed.
You're able to connect WiFi devices like a Roku or PlayStation, but you need to first register the device with the University. Devices like laptops and desktops do not need to be registered. As a general rule, if you're able login to Eduroam with your credentials, you do not need to register that device. Chromecast and smart/Internet of Things (IoT) devices may not function correctly on the UMN network.
Eduroam is a secure, world-wide roaming access service. It allows you to gain secure WiFi access using your University of Minnesota email address and password when visiting other participating institutions.
To keep the network speedy for everyone, we ask all residents to follow the ResNet User Agreement. By accessing the University network, residents are agreeing to the terms of the ResNet User Agreement.