Device Compatibility Guide

The Device Compatibility Guide provides information about which electronic devices can be connected to the campus network and information about how to connect them. Find a device in the page below, or download a printable PDF version of the Compatibility Guide to compare multiple devices.

Note: For assistance connecting research devices to the campus WiFi network that do not support MWireless, please contact the ITS Service Center.

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Networking Devices

Personal WiFi Router or Hot Spot

Personally-purchased WiFi routers and WiFi hot spots cause interference. They should not be used on the U-M campus. (Guests can use the MGuest network to connect.)

Mobile Devices

Smartphone
Wired WiFi Cellular
No Ethernet port Use MWireless Cellular Carrier
Laptop Computer
Wired WiFi Cellular
Ethernet Cable
(Network Registration necessary for Res Halls and North Quad Media Gateway)
Use MWireless Cellular Carrier
(if available)
Tablet or eReader
Wired WiFi Cellular
No Ethernet port Use MWireless Cellular Carrier
(if available)

Non-Mobile Devices

Desktop Computer
Wired WiFi Cellular
Ethernet Cable
(Network Registration necessary for Res Halls and North Quad Media Gateway)
Use MWireless Cellular Carrier
(if available)
Printer
Wired WiFi Cellular
Direct Connection via USB (Make sure to disable device WiFi) Cannot connect using campus WiFi No cellular connection usually available

MPrint allows for printing all over the U-M campus (if available)

Entertainment Devices

Gaming Console
Wired WiFi Cellular
Ethernet Cable (Requires device with Ethernet connection and Network Registration in Res Halls) Cannot connect using campus WiFi No cellular connection
usually available
Smart TV
Wired WiFi Cellular
Ethernet Cable (Requires device with Ethernet connection and Network Registration in Res Halls) Cannot connect using campus WiFi No cellular connection usually available
Apple TV
Wired WiFi Cellular
Ethernet Cable Highly Recommended
(Network Registration necessary for Res Halls and North Quad Media Gateway)
Use MWireless If Ethernet Unavailable (Manual WiFi configuration needed using Apple Configurator) No cellular connection usually available

Only Apple TV 3rd Generation and above. AirPlay content can only be streamed from iOS devices to an Apple TV when paired via Bluetooth.

Android TV
Wired WiFi Cellular
Ethernet Cable (Requires device with Ethernet connection and Network Registration in Res Halls) Cannot connect using campus WiFi No cellular connection
usually available
Google Chromecast
Wired WiFi Cellular
No Ethernet Cable Cannot connect using campus WiFi No cellular connection usually available

This item is not able to be used on campus.

Roku
Wired WiFi Cellular
Ethernet Cable (Requires device with Ethernet connection and Network Registration in Res Halls) Cannot connect using campus WiFi No cellular connection usually available
Amazon Fire TV
Wired WiFi Cellular
Ethernet Cable (Requires device with Ethernet connection and Network Registration in Res Halls) Cannot connect using campus WiFi No cellular connection usually available
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Wired WiFi Cellular
No Ethernet Cable Cannot connect using campus WiFi No cellular connection usually available

This item is not able to be used on campus.

Home Automation/Internet-Connected Devices

Wireless lighting, speakers, or video devices are designed and intended for use in single-family homes using consumer network routers. They are typically unable to connect to enterprise WiFi networks. Examples of these devices include: Phillips Hue lighting systems, Amazon Echo speakers, Nest Cams, etc.