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Setting Up WiFi

ios7Did you get a new electronic device or computer recently?

Don’t forget to setup your Wireless Network Access.

Internet: Wireless Network Access-

  1. Open a web browser on your device (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) and visit any web page. You will be redirected to the WavesConnect website for your location.
  2. Read and agree to the Computer and Network Responsible Use Policy.
  3. Click “Start” next to the heading of “Current Students, Faculty and Staff.”
  4. Enter your NetworkID and password. That’s your short username, typically, first initial and last name ie John Doe = jdoe
  5. Select “Student” or “Faculty/Staff” from the drop down menu.
  6. Click “Register.”
  7. Wait for the progress bar to complete or reboot your computer.
  8. Registration is now complete. You must register your computer or device annually.


Wireless Network Access

LaptopPepperdine University has wireless networking capabilities in all non-residential buildings.  The “WiFi” network provides all the features and benefits of traditional LAN technologies without the limitations of wires or cables.  Students can conduct research, download research projects, and check e-mail within the accessible area.  For those students considering a new laptop purchase please be aware that the University recommends 802.11ac compatible Wifi connection.

You can easily access the WiFi network on your laptop, tablet, or wireless device by registering your device at https://wavesconnect.pepperdine.edu.  To register your device, select “Current Students, Faculty, and Staff” and then enter your wavenet ID and password credentials to access the WiFi network. 

Remember, when you register your device, your registration will last much longer than by registering as a guest user (up to a year if you are a frequent user on the network).

For more information on how to access the WiFi network by registering your device, please visit our Using your Phone/Tablet with WiFi article.


How to get your MAC Address

In this case MAC does not stand for Macintosh. Your MAC address on any device is the number that uniquely identifies your computer on the local network. It is a critical piece of information support folks need for troubleshooting your network problems.

How to get your MAC address? That depends on your device. Here’s some directions to help you:


Go to the Apple Menu and Select System Preferences
Click on the Network Icon and then on Advanced in the dialog box that pops up
Under Hardware is your MAC Address.

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Right click on your WiFi icon in the lower left of your screen
Select Open Network and Sharing Center
Click on Change Adapter Settings in the left menu
Right click on your Wireless Network Connection and select Status
Click on the Details button and then find your Physical Address

Network Connection Details


Phones and Tables have MAC addresses as well.

From the home screen, tap Settings. Tap General. Tap About.
The window shown below appears. The Wi-Fi Address is the MAC address.

Android Phones and Tablets

This is a little trickier because there are so many vendors, but generally it is under Settings Application, the About Phone menu option is usually at the bottom, then Status, and scroll down to find “Wi-Fi MAC Address”

WiFi Troubleshooting Tips

Logo for WiFi ZoneYou may not be a technological professional, but much of what we know boils down to key lists of best practices and industry standards. I would like to share a simple troubleshooting list you can run through when you have problems with the wireless network.

Information Services are glad to assist you with any of these steps to get you back up and running on our wireless network. As always, dial x7425 or visit the Computing Support Student Worker at the Public Services Desk in the Law Library to contact us. Let us know about your experience using the list–with your feedback we can continue to improve our services.

WiFi device cannot reach the Internet or is performing slowly on the Pepperdine University wireless network:

  1. Many devices (laptops) have an external switch on the side which turns the WiFi card on and off to save power. Be sure this is enabled.
  2. Make sure the device is associated with the “pepperdine” WiFi network (SSID).
  3. Check the WiFi signal strength icon on the device. If it is not getting good to excellent signal strength, see if it can be moved to a location where the device can get good to excellent signal strength (if moving is an option).
  4. If the device has moved to a new location to get better signal strength from another Access Point, break the association with the old AP as follows: turn the WiFi NIC card off and then on again. If this is not an option, reboot the device.
  5. If the device still cannot reach the Internet with their browser, make sure it has been through the Wavesconnect registration process within the past 3 months.
  6. Has the device recently upgraded its OS? Get the OS information and check that the WiFi drivers are up-to-date. (This can be found via Google search or Youtube.)
  7. Make sure the device is not connected to a wired Ethernet connection as well as the WiFi network. When a device is using WiFi, it must be disconnected from the wired network and vice-versa.
  8. If the device still cannot connect to the Internet with a browser, get the MAC address of the WiFI NIC card and make sure the device is not being blocked for a security violation on the network block/unblock website. (Use Google or Youtube to search for how to get the MAC address of the device.) The list of blocked MAC addresses is available from any device on-campus.
  9. If in an area with many students, look for WiFi access points without other students around.
  10. If other devices in the area cannot connect, contact Information Services immediately for assistance at x7425 or via the Computing Support Student Worker at the Public Services Desk in the Law Library.

If you find a dead zone in the Law School, you can assist us greatly by filling out this form Law Library WiFi Form

Google Chromecast

Chromecast Ready to Cast

Google has an inexpensive, Wi-Fi enabled HDMI dongle available called the Chromecast. This dongle enables you to view the contents of your computer or mobile device on your large screen television. There are a number of apps compatible with the Chromecast, including Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, Chrome, and recently added – Hulu Plus. Though the Chromecast is intended for home entertainment use, there is potential for business application. Imagine going to a conference, meeting, or other presentation venue and not having to worry about finding the right adapter for your computer. Mac or PC? Android or iOS? Doesn’t matter. As long as you are on the same Wi-Fi network, you are good to go.

Chromecast Getting Started
Setting up the Chromecast is pretty straightforward. As shown on the inside cover of the retail package, you plug it in, change the TV input, and then browse to google.com/chromecast/setup to get started. You then go through the basic pairing process, and you are all set.

A conference setting could potentially be challenging, depending on Wi-Fi availability and access to projectors or displays. Meetings or study groups should be a little easier, particularly if you frequent the location as you would at work or school. You would simply need to connect the HDMI unit, plug in the USB power (usually included on newer televisions), and connect from your compatible app. If your television doesn’t have a USB port built in, you can use the included power adapter. In case your HDMI port is hard to access, an extension cable is included with the Chromecast.

The Chromecast is still too new to fully realize its potential. It should be interesting to see what applications are developed down the road. At present, the easiest way to view content in terms of versatility seems to be through the Chrome browser, where you can show websites or display documents from your Google Drive. In the home entertainment context, the device is easy to use and works pretty well. I expect to be able to test the device in a business setting in the relatively near future, and will report on how the device works at that time.

You can learn more about the Chromecast at the official product page.

Mobile Presentation Tools

One obstacle to having visual aids in the classroom is that the control or advancing of the multimedia must be done at the computer, which leaves the professor tethered to the lectern.

With an increasing demand from students to use multimedia in the classrooms, Professors must find a way to reconcile their need to move around the room with their students’ need of visual aids.

Mobile or Wireless Presentation Tools are one solution to this dilemma.

mac-ipadA computer, wireless Internet connection, and a mobile device are all it takes. A professor can sync their mobile device (such as smart phone or tablet) to their computer over the Internet. They can then control their computer by the mobile device. This is also known as Remote Desktop Control.

When connected via WIFI to Windows PC or Mac, professors can control their computer desktop. This includes advancing PowerPoint slides, launching new files, or even annotating a document all from their mobile device. With this control, they are free to walk around the classroom.

There are several tools that allow for this wireless presentation capability. AirDisplay and Doceri are two examples of applications.

The Harnish Law Library Learning Lab (Room 219) is equipped with the wireless Internet connection necessary to use mobile presentation tools that work with Apple’s AirPlay.

There is a Faculty Coffee Talk on this topic Thursday, April 18 from 2-3 pm in the Law Library Learning Lab Room 219. Contact Julie Tausend for more information.