Students & Parents

Set Up and Register a Wired Device

Network Registration is critical for us to protect the security of your computer and the PennNet network. Registration simply creates a record in the NetReg database with your network address and PennKey name, and then logs subsequent network connections. For all of our protection, network registration allows Information Systems and Computing to quickly locate and contact computer owners when, for example, their computers may have become hacked or compromised by computer viruses and worms. If you have additional concerns related to network registration, please see the Netreg FAQ.

What kinds of devices should be registered?

Any device that connects to the Internet using wired Ethernet must be registered in order to connect. Computers, game consoles, and printers are examples of devices that require network connectivity.

How do I register?

  • The first time you plug in your computer and launch a web browser, you will be redirected to the network registration page. Under the header Register Your Computer, enter your PennKey and password and then click Accept. Your computer will need to be restarted for registration to take affect. The registration database is cleared twice a year in January and May. After the database has been cleared, you will have to re-register your computer if you wish to continue to connect to the PennNet network.
  • To register a device that does not have a web browser, such as a game console or printer, navigate to the registration site. Authenticate with your PennKey and password and follow the directions onscreen.