How do I connect my computer to the FAS wireless Ethernet network?

FAQ Categories: Network

The instructions below apply to FAS affiliates (faculty, students, and staff in Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or Harvard Extension and Summer Schools).

Before attempting to setup a wireless network connection, you must have the following:

  • A computer that meets minimum network requirements, as published on the FAS IT Web site.
  • A wireless Ethernet card or device conforming to 802.11x standards, preferably one that has been certified as WiFi-compliant.

To get connected to the wireless network:

  1. Make certain you are in a location that has wireless Ethernet coverage. Click here to view an up-to-date list of FAS wireless locations.
  2. Check that your card/device is installed and active.
  3. Set your network name or SSID to Harvard University.
  4. Open a browser. You will be directed to the AutoRegistration page where you will be prompted for your User ID and PIN.
  5. AutoReg will take you through a series of steps to scan and secure your system. It will then perform a release/renew of your IP address. You should now be able to access the network.
  6. In a very few locations, the FAS Network SSID is available. This is typically used to overcome interference issues with other networks in the area. The FAS Network SSID functions identically to the Harvard University  SSID.
In the rare case when you need to manually register a device on the network (mobile device, gaming platform, etc), please see our FAQ below:

If you have any problems getting connected, please contact Harvard University IT at the at 617-495-9000 or

Last reviewed: 05/17/2012