Getting Online

Online Authentication


MSU NetIDs are assigned to all current faculty, staff, students, and retirees. A NetID is a unique alphanumeric identifier auto-generated from the user’s name.

Your NetID is your personal identifier at MSU and serves as your login to many university computing and networking services.

Before accessing the MSU network, you’ll need to activate your MSU NetID.

Community ID

Community IDs are used to provide limited access to web-based services for individuals are who not affiliated with MSU directly. These individuals typically include members of the general public who sign up for non-credit courses, distance learners, etc. The services accessible with a Community ID are limited.

MSU Network Registration

To connect to the MSU network and Internet, you must register computers, mobile devices, and other devices (e.g., smart TV, gaming system) with DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). You must register separately for wired (Ethernet) and wireless connections.

Please read the Acceptable Use Policy for MSU Information Technology Resources for the MSU community.

Connecting Computers & Mobile Devices

  1. Connect to the Wi-Fi network, “MSUNet 3.0
  2. Wait for a page to open automatically for network registration
  3. Click the link, “Visit the DHCP Registration Site
  4. Sign in with your MSU NetID and password
  5. Click “Register a device” and enter your device’s information
    • Location of the device will be your residence hall or other living area
    • Device name will be the brand and model of your device
  6. When complete, restart your device

Connecting Smart TVs & Gaming Devices

Register devices that can’t connect to the Internet using a web browser (e.g. Smart TVs, gaming systems) at

The process is the same as above, with the addition of needing to enter your device’s MAC address. If a MAC address is not easily found, search the internet for “MAC address for [name of device].”

When completed, restart your device.


MSUnet Wireless is the university’s Wi-Fi service and supports current standards. Read more about MSUNet Wireless Access.

Academic buildings and residence halls have Wi-Fi.

To maintain Wi-Fi quality, MSU IT can constrain wireless network devices with incorrect of conflicting configurations that could adversely impact the performance of the MSUnet Wireless.

Connecting to Guest Wi-Fi

MSU guests and visitors can connect to MSUNet Guest Wireless without needing an MSU NetID or to register their devices.

Read more about MSUNet Guest Access.


Eduroam is a wireless network access service that allows global Wi-Fi compatibility between academic institutions and organizations. Students, researchers, staff, and faculty from a participating institution can access the wireless networks of any other participating institution by using their home institution’s credentials.

This means that visitors to MSU have easy access to Wi-Fi while on campus, and the MSU community has easy access when visiting other institutions across the world!

The process for connecting to Eduroam varies between devices. See below to learn how to connect yours:

Connecting to Eduroam for Windows:

Connecting to Eduroam for Mac:

Connecting to Eduroam for Android:

Connection to Eduroam for iOS:

SSL Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The MSU SSL Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides faculty and staff a secure connection for accessing the MSU network when off campus. Using the VPN provides the connection with an IP address local to the MSU campus network.

While the VPN provides access to MSU’s campus network, it doesn’t ensure an encrypted path between you and the servers your department may host. If you work with sensitive data online, get help from your department system administrator to make sure communications are secure and encrypted.

Regular faculty, full-time staff, retirees, trustees, and graduate students can log in to the SSL VPN service using their MSU NetID at

An override may be requested by a sponsoring faculty-staff member for SSL-VPN access for temporary/on-call employees, undergraduate students and other NetIDs associated with sponsored individuals by filling out the MSU VPN request form. SSL VPN access will not be granted to NetIDs used for department or group access. An individual may not submit their own override request.