Rutgers University provides a few methods to gain online access, on and off campus. Look below to find more information on each method and help for each. Also, some services (i.e: Libraries) can also be accessed from home.
If you are in a residence hall ("dorm"), the Residential Network will help you connect. As you move in, you should get information giving you specific instructions for connection. The NCS Help Desk, (973)353-5083, can help you with problems.
Note: In order to use the network, you must register your system using an online registration system, available through the Residential Networking web page. If you don't register your system, you may get no network service at all, or you may get inconsistent service (i.e. you can get to some locations, but some services at Rutgers won't work).
In order to use the residential network, your computer must have an Ethernet card and an Ethernet cable. If you don't have one or the other, you can try the Rutgers FindTech Connections solution for acquiring what you need. If this isn't convenient, Ethernet cards and cables are carried by most large computer stores. Before you buy a card, please make sure you check the documentation for your type of computer on the Residential Networking web page. Certain brands of cards do not work well at Rutgers.
If you are in a Rutgers building that is on the network, there should be someone in your department that knows the procedures for getting connected. Please talk to your Unit Computing Manager.
There is a web page describing the procedures, Connecting to the Rutgers Network. However this document is intended for department staff, not individual users.
Most computers now come with appropriate software. There are instructions for setting up networking on current versions of Windows, Linux, and the Macintosh on the NBCS Documentation web page.
RUWireless provides the Rutgers University community with wireless network access in many areas of all three Rutgers University campuses. All Rutgers University students, staff, and faculty, as well as sponsored guests, are able to use the RUWireless system in the many community spaces, dorms, and departmental buildings where it is available. Separate registration is not required, only a valid NetID and password are needed for access.
Instructions for configuring your computer, getting connected, wireless printing, policies, guidelines, and coverage areas are available here.