WHAT IS 802.1x?

802.1x is an authentication protocol for port based access control. With 802.1x network ports will be disconnected until a device capable of authenticating is plugged in. If a device is plugged in that cannot authenticate, it will only be able to access


Residents will no longer need to register a single device on the wired network. If you have set up RUWireless Secure on your device in the past, your device is already configured! Additionally, any device that has been configured for 802.1x can connect to the wall port and will have immediate internet access. This means that once you are configured for RUWireless_Secure you will no longer be limited your room. You may then plug into any data port and get access to the internet!

Any devices that do not support 802.1x, such as game consoles, streaming media devices, or routers, can be manually registered by your Computing Help Desk for connectivity without 802.1x configuration. To get these devices setup on the network call your respective Computing Help Desk.

You can no longer use wireless on personal routers as it interferes with RUWireless. Exceptions apply to Residence Halls that are not completely wireless. Wireless capabilities of personal printers will no longer be supported, but you can still use a cable to print.


If you have a device that connects directly to the wall and have not already set up RUWireless Secure, click here ( to configure your device for ResNet's 802.1x network.

If you have a device that is not compatible with 802.1x, contact your local Computing Help Desk.