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Gaming Consoles on Campus

Gaming Consoles on Campus

Northwest wants to give campus technology users an on-campus experience that accomodates academic, professional and network entertainment activities such as the use of gaming consoles like Xbox One.  Some restrictions apply and registration of your console is required.

Gaming FAQ | Xbox Wired MAC | PlayStation Wired MAC | Ninetendo Wired MAC | Help

Note:  FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get onto the wired network with my gaming console?

You can get onto Northwest's wired network with an Ethernet cable via an Ethernet port.  

  • Ethernet ports are located in every residence hall room and faculty or staff office.
    • Available also in academic and public buildings such as the Station, Student Union and B.D. Owens Library.

You will need to purchase an Ethernet cable to work with your gaming console and the Ethernet port in your residence hall room.

Do I need to register my gaming console?

Yes!  You must register your gaming console system with the Information Technology (IT) department before being able to use Northwest's wired network for network game playing.  

Personal laptop and deskstop computers that you play games on do not have to be registered at this time, only gaming console systems such as Xbox, etc.

 Where do I register my gaming console?

To register your gaming console system, you will need to provide your gaming console system's wired MAC Address information when you fill out and submit Northwest's online Gaming Console Systems Request Form.


The gaming console system instructions on how to find your wired MAC Address are provided as a courtesy.  Northwest's Office of Information Technology and it's Northwest Technology Service Center staff do not support, maintain or repair gaming console systems!

What if my gaming console causes a problem on the campus wired network?

If there is ever a problem found related to your gaming console system being on the Northwest wired network, your network connectivity could be shut down without notice.  

Find Your Xbox gaming system's wired Mac Address

Microsoft Xbox One

  • If you are signed into your profile, navigate to My Games & Apps.
  • Disregard this step if you are not already signed into a profile.
  • Select Settings.
  • In Settings, select Network.
  • Select Advanced Settings.
  • The Wired MAC address will be located on this screen.

Microsoft Xbox 360

  • Go to the Systems area within your Xbox dashboard.
  • Under System Settings, select Network Settings within your System Settings.
  • Select Configure Network.
  • The IP address within Basic Settings should be is set to automatic.
  • Select Additional Settings
  • Select Advanced Settings
  • Your Wired MAC Address should be located in this area.

Microsoft Xbox

  • Turn on your Xbox.
  • Make sure you do not have a disk in the tray.
  • On the main menu of the Xbox select Settings.
  • Select Network Settings.
  • Select IP Address and make sure the configuration is set to automatic.
  • Return to Network Settings and select DNS Servers to make sure it is also set to automatic.
  • The MAC address is typicalled located at the bottom right corner within Network Settings.


Find Your PlayStation gaming system's wired Mac Address

Sony PlayStation 4

  • Turn on your Playstation 4
  • Make sure you do not have a disk in the drive and wait for the menu to appear.
  • Go to Settings
    • The icon will typically located on the far left.
  • Under the Settings menu, select the System icon.
  • Select System Information.
  • You will see your MAC address listed on this screen.

Sony PlayStation 3

  • Turn on your PlayStation 3.
  • Make sure you do not have a disk in the drive.
  • Select Settings on the home screen.
  • Select Network Settings.
  • When Network Settings opens, select Settings and Connection Status List.
  • Scroll down until you find the Wired MAC address. Should be the only item listed as MAC Address.

Sony PlayStation 2

  • Turn on your PlayStation 2 with the Network Adapter Startup Disk inserted.
  • Once the disk has loaded, select ISP Setup.
  • Agree to the license agreement that pops up.
  • Choose Local Area Network (LAN) for your connection type.
  • Select Automatic Configuration
  • Select Advanced at the Connection Test.
  • You will now be at the Advanced Broadband Settings window.
  • Make sure that automatic is selected under DHCP hostname.
  • The MAC address is located at the bottom of the screen.

Find Your Nintendo gaming system's wired Mac Address

Things to be aware of before you can get your wired Mac Address:

  • Connecting a Wii console to the Internet using a wired connection requires the use of a Wii LAN Adapter (usually sold separately).  
    • The Wii LAN adapter plugs into the Wii console's USB port
    • The Wii LAN Adapter allows your Wii console to connect to the Internet by way of an Ethernet port via an Ethernet cable or from your Wii console to a wired switch/hub connected by an Ethernet cable to an Ethernet port.

Nintendo Wii

  • Start your Wii (without a disc)
  • Click on Wii Settings
  • Use the arrow to go to the next set of settings
  • Click Internet
  • Select console information, which is typically located at the bottom of the screen
  • The MAC Address will then come up to the next window that appears
    • If you are using a 3rd party Ethernet Adapter, the Mac Address may show as all zeros

Steps to find the Wired Mac Address (if it appears as all zeros):

  • Plug your Wii LAN adpater into a USB port on your Windows PC
    • Windows PC must be connected to the wired campus network
  • Allow drivers to be installed if any are needxed 
    • Typically they are called Generic USB Ethernet Adpater
  • Once installation is finished, click Start
  • Select All Programs
  • Select Accessories
  • Select Command Prompt
  • Type the following in the window that appears:
    • ipconfig/all
  • Press Enter
  • Scroll up until you find USB Ethernet Adapter
  • Write down the alphanumeric Physical Address that following this format:  00-00-00-00-00
    • This address is the one you will need for the Gaming Console Systems Request Form

Nintendo Wii U

  • From the Wii U Menu, select System Settings.
  • Using the Left Stick select the Internet icon and press the A Button.
  • Select View MAC Address and wait a moment for the MAC address to be displayed.

Nintendo Wii

  • Select the Wii Options button (the round Wii button on the bottom left of the screen) on the Wii Channel menu.
  • Select Wii Settings.
  • Scroll over a page and select Internet.
  • Select Console Information.
  • The first line will have your MAC address.

Other Nintendo Devices

Nintendo Gamecube

  • Remove the Broadband adapter from the Gamecube.
  • Your device's MAC address should be printed on the underside of the adapter.

Ninetendo Switch

  • Select System Settings from the Home Menu.
  • Scroll down through the menu and select Internet.
  • The Nintendo Switch console's MAC address should be listed under System MAC Address.

Any Questions?

Northwest Technology Policies
  • See our technology how-to-guides
    • OR
  • Contact the Northwest Technology Service Call Center for any questions about your Northwest-issued laptop.



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