While Stanford does not prohibit students from using their own personal wireless router, we strongly recommend against it. As such, we do make the following recommendations:
You should consult with the PTS team about any issues prompting you to consider a router. We will work closely with UIT to try and resolve any of your issues without requiring a personal router.
Please get in touch with us when you are ready to register the router for network access. We also advise that you use default settings on the router, except for the following:
- Use 'router' mode, not AP (access point) or bridge mode. Please do not use a wireless repeater to rebroadcast any of the Stanford wireless networks either. None of these other modes will give you the results you're looking for.
- If you desire to change the wireless network name, do not put 'Stanford' in the name in any way whatsoever.
- If you can, turn off '20/40MHz channel width' or '40MHz channel width' on the 2.4GHz radio settings. '20MHz channel width' will provide the most consistent connectivity for you.
- Please decrease the transmit power levels of both 2.4 & 5GHz radios in consideration of your neighbors. If you only need wireless in your room, please turn this down considerably. If you have trouble getting signal you may slowly increase the level until you are satisfied.
- Please consult your device's manual or contact the PTS team for for additional information regarding configuring your wireless access point or router and best practices.