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Consumer Wireless Devices in the Residence Halls

Household and consumer wireless devices do not support the authentication process used by ‘xavierwireless’.  Therefore, they must be connected to the 'Xmisc' network with a security key.  However, some devices are designed around being on a household network to operate properly, and do not work well on a large campus network where thousands of devices are connected at one time – and one device is trying to find one another to send data to it.

Devices that are known NOT to work:

  • Wireless Printers (any type).  Turn off its self-broadcasting network. When broadcasting their own networks, they reduce create interference, hence reducing WiFi speed and creating connection problems for others in the local area.  Connect via a USB cable instead. An alternateive is using our printer stations:
  • Vizio SmartCast TVs – the app will fail to function when casting video, although paired to the TV.
  • Google ChromeCast – the app will fail to cast video, although connected to the network
  • Devices that attempt to ‘cast’ from a phone to another network device will not work.  These devices broadcast messages across the entire network to find each other; these messages are suppressed to improve WiFi performance (equate it to cutting out the background noise to improve communications).  While this is not a performance impact on a household network, it has a substantial performance impact on the 'Xmisc' network that spans the entire campus.  We recommend that you use a SmartTV alternative that connects directly to the Internet for its content delivery (see below).
  • Nintendo Wii – 1Mb wireless requirements create performance problems.  Obtain a Wii LAN Adapter.

Devices that are known to work:

  • Gaming Consoles – All XBOX models, PlayStation 3/4, Nintendo WiiU/DS3
  • Roku Players, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick
  • Smart TVs/Blue Ray players that connect to the network with built-in apps
  • Devices that connect directly to the internet for content delivery.
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