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Library and IT Self Help

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Wireless network

Use Eduroam rather than the Guest Wifi to connect to the wireless network as this provides a more secure and faster service.

To log in on your device you need your University email address and password. 

For more help see our guide here.

Connecting Devices

For devices that cannot connect to Eduroam because they do not support username and password authentication, there are 2 options

  1. Connect to the wired network with an ethernet cable (recommended for games consoles and some gaming platforms e.g. Steam and Discord)
  2. Connect to the Hidden Network (for smart TVs, Amazon Echo, Amazon Firesticks etc)

This is a hidden SSID where you need to register your devices before attempting to connect:

  • Go to https://macauth.uopnet.plymouth.ac.uk/
  • Login with your University credentials 
  • Enter the details of the device you wish to connect
  • You need the MAC address of your device (you can search online for how to find yours, it is usually six sets of two digits or characters, separated by colons e.g. 00:00:5e:00:53:af.)
  • Once a correct MAC address has been registered this will be added to the authentication database within an hour, normally around 15minutes
  • You can then select an option, normally listed as 'Other' or 'Add Network'.
  • The SSID name is 'hallsPlymouth' Note that 'P' is a capital letter
  • The Security type will be 'None'

Troubleshooting

You cannot connect devices to each other via the hidden network, for example you cannot connect a wireless printer to your laptop, however you could use bluetooth if your device supports it.

If gaming online you cannot host your own server.

Some devices don’t like connecting to hidden networks or networks without a PSK (Pre Shared Key, or some sort of security protocol such as WPA2). It may be necessary to look at individual device manuals to work out if it is possible and how. Android devices often need to be configured to let it know that the network is hidden, even though it’s been added manually.