[hcs-d] Connecting a Wii to Harvard Wireless Internet

Zak Stone zstone at gmail.com
Wed May 19 17:27:10 EDT 2010


So much for network neutrality at Harvard, then!

Zak


On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 5:18 PM, David Fulton-Howard
<difultonhoward at gmail.com> wrote:
> Let's be realistic.  It's not security, it's bandwidth.  Certainly, Wii is
> blocked due to saturating the wireless; iTunes Music Sharing at least used
> to be.  I'm not sure if any of you were around for the slow wireless issues
> in 06-07, but they blocked pretty much anything that sent out a lot of
> traffic and wasn't explicitly educational after that.
>
>
> David Fulton-Howard
> Harvard College 2010, Pforzheimer House
> 410-456-3253
>
>
> On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 5:01 PM, Jeremy Hoon <jeremy.d.hoon at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>
>>
>> On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 4:57 PM, Zak Stone <zstone at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> Can devices like these be set to use alternate ports?
>>
>>
>> The answer to this is device dependent; although I strongly suspect this
>> will not be an option for unmodified game consoles.
>>>
>>> Why are they
>>> blocked in the first place?
>>
>>
>> "Security concerns," although I'm not exactly sure what security threats
>> are being addressed here.
>>>
>>> Just curious, since Quincy students run into this problem all the time
>>> with everything from game systems to web-enabled televisions, and I
>>> expect this will only become more common.
>>>
>>> Zak
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM, David Fulton-Howard
>>> <difultonhoward at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > That is correct.
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > David Fulton-Howard
>>> > Harvard College 2010, Pforzheimer House
>>> > 410-456-3253
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > 2010/5/19 Jeremy Hoon <jeremy.d.hoon at gmail.com>
>>> >>
>>> >> Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the issue is not with autoreg.
>>> >> I
>>> >> think the problem is that certain ports are blocked over wifi which
>>> >> are not
>>> >> blocked on the wired network, and the Wii (as well as other systems)
>>> >> require
>>> >> that these blocked ports be open.
>>> >>
>>> >> 2010/5/19 Rareş Pamfil <rares.pamfil10 at college.harvard.edu>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> I am very curious why it is not possible to simply register the MAC
>>> >>> address of the wireless adapters into the autoreg system. Does anyone
>>> >>> understand why that is?
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> From: hcs-discuss-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>>> >>> [mailto:hcs-discuss-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Joe
>>> >>> Hiatt
>>> >>> Sent: 19 mai 2010 11:27
>>> >>> To: Christopher Shannon
>>> >>> Cc: Carl Jackson; HCS-Discuss
>>> >>> Subject: Re: [hcs-d] Connecting a Wii to Harvard Wireless Internet
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> I believe that it must be wired as well, so make sure you register
>>> >>> the
>>> >>> wired MAC address.  Even if it is possible, you would have a much
>>> >>> slower
>>> >>> connection, so it doesn't really make sense.  Fortunately, unlike a
>>> >>> Wii you
>>> >>> don't have to buy anything to connect your 360.
>>> >>>
>>> >>> Note that there are times, especially, I think, when you power on
>>> >>> from
>>> >>> the console rather the controller, when the xbox will not immediately
>>> >>> recognize the network.  I've found that often I have to "Test Network
>>> >>> Connection" because sometimes when I boot into Halo 3, for example,
>>> >>> it will
>>> >>> think its not connected.  This is annoying, because you then have to
>>> >>> exit
>>> >>> the game and reload, but its not that big of a deal.  The console
>>> >>> will even
>>> >>> prompt you to Test, so it's straight forward.
>>> >>>
>>> >>> Joe
>>> >>>
>>> >>> On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 12:16 AM, Christopher Shannon
>>> >>> <christophershannon at college.harvard.edu> wrote:
>>> >>>
>>> >>> Does an Xbox 360 also have to be connected through the wired network,
>>> >>> or
>>> >>> can it work through wireless?
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 12:09 PM, Joe Hiatt <joehiatt at gmail.com>
>>> >>> wrote:
>>> >>>
>>> >>> Can't be done.  You need to buy the USB adapter so that you can
>>> >>> access
>>> >>> the wired network, then manually register the MAC address.  Sorry!
>>> >>> Joe
>>> >>>
>>> >>> On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 1:47 AM, Christopher Shannon
>>> >>> <christophershannon at college.harvard.edu> wrote:
>>> >>>
>>> >>> I did that and it still won't work...
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 1:46 AM, Carl Jackson <carl at avtok.com> wrote:
>>> >>>
>>> >>> You have to add the Wii's MAC address manually:
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> https://autoreg.fas.harvard.edu/index.html
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/2737/wii_how_to_locate_consoles_mac_address/
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> Carl
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> On May 18, 2010, at 1:43 AM, Christopher Shannon wrote:
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> I'm trying to connect a Wii to Harvard wireless internet, but I can't
>>> >>> figure out how to do it.  It finds the wireless network, but it won't
>>> >>> allow
>>> >>> me to connect.  Does anyone know how to do it?
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> Chris
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
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