Wired internet access is available in throughout campus housing to service your recreational needs. Each room is equipped with one "port-per-pillow" for wired internet access to service your academic needs. Students may register up to five (5) devices for wired internet access, one of which can be assigned a static IP address. One device may be connected to each port at a time. Wired network speeds, when used with compatible hardware1, can reach up to 1 Gigabit per second. The wired network is also backwards compatible with 100 Mbps and 10 Mbps hardware for legacy devices.
1Gigabit network speeds require gigabit-capable network hardware. Check your device's specifications to ensure that it has a gigabit network card. If you are unsure, feel free to contact us and we can verify compatibility.
Connection Instructions (Single Device, Without Router)
- If you are connecting a laptop, find your computer's wireless switch and turn it to the 'off' position.
- Connect one end of an network cable to the data jack in your computer, and the other end of the network cable to the jack in your room. Make sure you don't accidentally connect to the telephone jack! The placement and appearance of data jacks varies from building to building. In general, the data jack is labeled "DATA", may be yellow or gray in color, and is located at the bottom of the faceplate. If one jack does not work, try one of the others to be sure.
- Open a web browser on your computer and navigate to http://start.gatech.edu.
- Enter your Georgia Tech username and password, and follow the onscreen instructions.
- If you want to run a web server, or want to host online games, check the 'Disable Inbound Server Security (ISS)' checkbox at the appropriate time during the registration process. Note: If you are going to register multiple devices, only one device can have ISS disabled.
- Turn your computer completely OFF for five minutes. If you skip this step, your computer will not be completely registered in Georgia Tech's network by the time you try to reconnect.
- Turn your computer back on. You should now have internet access.
Need to connect multiple devices?
The best way to connect more than one device to the wired network at one time is by using a router. We have instructions on connecting as well as purchasing recommendation for routers here. Please note that switches and hubs are incompatible with our network and cannot be used to connect multiple devices.