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Can I connect to the network with my games console or smart TV (e.g. Playstation or Xbox) to play games online?

Unfortunately, most games consoles and smart TVs are not compatible with University networks.

We don't block games consoles & smart TVs or try to prevent them from being used but most are not designed for networks such as ours. Consoles made for use in the home simply don't support the authentication and traffic routing systems that are needed in universities. 

Manufacturers are gradually adding more support for a wider range of connections so this situation may improve in the future. But in the meantime, many consoles don't work very well or can't be connected at all.

We can't provide individual support for setting up gaming devices so you'll need refer to your console documentation to find out if network settings of this type are supported and if so, how to enter the details that are required.

In theory, the steps you need to take to connect a games console to the wired or wi-fi networks are:

  1. register the hardware address, also called the MAC (Media Access Control) address on the Sussex network support page (link opens in new window).

  2. Plug in the network cable or connect to eduroam and authenticate with the network - Sussex internet access requires 802.1x authentication (the technical protocols used for authentication can be either PEAP/MSCHAPv2 or TTLS/PAP) and you will need to authenticate with your IT username followed by (for example and your password, in order to connect successfully. 

O2 Wi-fi

If your console doesn't support these authentication methods, you could try connecting it to the O2 wi-fi instead. This network uses a different sort of authentication which is usually compatible with games consoles. 

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Created by Amy Walker on 26 April 2006 and last updated by David Guest on 12 September 2016