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LAWN Device Registration

Wireless Device Registration is a Beta service intended for devices where WPA2-enterprise authentication is not possible, and where the Web Portal, Device Login, or Login API methods do not fit the needs of the intended use of the device. This might include devices which agressively sleep and therefore don't retain a DHCP lease between short periods of use (Ex: Eye-Fi card, TV's, media players, and many sensors).

Wired Device registration is also for single user devices who have a Wired LAWN port available. It is important to note that if you register a device, you are responsible for any and all use (or abuse) of the device.

Wireless Requirements

  • Devices must be compatible with GTother, which requires support for WPA2-PSK, and DHCP.
  • Devices that support WPA2-Enterprise (802.1x) cannot be registered.
  • The Device owner must have a valid GT Account with access to LAWN enabled (all current faculty, staff, and students have access to the LAWN enabled by default).
  • Do NOT register devices you are not willing to take complete responsibility for.

Wired Requirements

  • Devices must support DHCP.
  • A wired LAWN port must be available during the registration process.
  • The Device owner must have a valid GT Account with access to LAWN enabled (all current faculty, staff, and students have access to the LAWN enabled by default).
  • Do NOT register devices you are not willing to take complete responsibility for.

Device Registration Process

Wireless Devices

Because this service relies solely on the MAC address of the device, we cannot at this time offer a way for end-users to register their devices directly. Members of the Georgia Tech IT community have access to device registration tools, which will allow them to register a device under the GT Account of the device owner once they have verified that the use of Device Registration is appropriate. This verification is generally done in person, and should be a quick process.

Once the device is registered, it is best to turn OFF your device and wait at least 10 minutes before attempting to connect to the GTother SSID. The Pre-shared Key for GTother can be found here.

Currently, all registered devices are placed on the same network as users of "GTother", the captive portal network. The registration process simply acts as a proxy to authenticate on that network for you. A brief network delay (about 5 seconds) may occur when first connecting to GTother each session before traffic is allowed to flow freely.

Wired Devices

Any authorized LAWN user can register a wired device given the following procedure:

  1. Make note the wired MAC address of the device.
  2. Plug the device into the Wired LAWN port.
  3. Authenticate the device by either opening a web browser and authenticating or using Device Login.
  4. Once the device is on the network, open a browser to http://register.lawn.gatech.edu.
  5. Authenticate to the registration site.
  6. Once in the application, a button to "Register Wired Device" should appear. Click that button.
  7. On the form, select the wired MAC address you are registering from the pull down list (there may only be one) and fill in the rest of the requested information.
  8. Once you complete registration, the next time you plug your device into wired LAWN, you should not need to authenticate.

Registration Renewal, Re-registration, and Expiration

Registrations must be renewed by the device owner every four months. This can be done at http://register.lawn.gatech.edu. An email reminder including this link will be sent to the device owner prior to the expiration of the registration.

Devices which remain inactive for more than 40 days will be expired, requiring the device owner to renew the registration.

Devices must be Re-registered after 1 year by a member of the Georgia Tech IT community.

Be aware: The device owner is responsible for any use (or misuse) of any device registered under their account. Devices which have been lost or stolen, transferred, or no longer in use, should be deleted from the device listing at http://register.lawn.gatech.edu.

Please contribute to the forums on this page to communicate feedback based on your experiences, including working and non-working configurations/features. Send other feedback to lawn-feedback@lists.gatech.edu

Please note that the forums are not meant as a replacement for the official OIT help system ServiceDesk (which can be reached via email, support@oit.gatech.edu, or via the phone at 404-894-7173).

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June 18, 2013, 2:04 pm

I registered my MacPro that has wired connection to LAWN with ISS enabled. I want to get this system out of LAWN network for good. How can I do this?

The reason is that I want to re-register this device with ISS turned off.

November 1, 2013, 10:32 am

My GTwifi connection in the scheller business school usually takes about 30 minutes and various attempts to connect, I am using a MacBook Pro.

October 12, 2014, 10:04 am

I'm having trouble installing a software over GTwifi. Although I can access the internet, it says to recheck the connection or provide proxy settings. I've restarted the laptop several times and have disconnected / reconnected from the network. Anyone able to tell me how to configure proxy settings for gtwifi? Thanks!

November 24, 2014, 3:44 pm

My personal computer cannot connect to the wired ethernet. When I run the network troubleshoot, it says that the network's proxy settings cannot be identified.
I have no problems with the WiFi though.
My computer runs windows 8.1.

What can be the issue?

November 25, 2014, 11:27 pm

Wifi is fine, but ethernet on the north side of Towers started messing up after 6pm. It basically gets stuck on the device registration page refusing to go to any actual websites. It allows me to remove/add devices, but none of it leads to working ethernet. Just confirmed that it was not just me but everyone on the north side of Towers 3rd floor, did not check other floors

March 25, 2015, 10:03 am

When trying to register my device, after typing in my MAC address and clicking continue registration, I get the message "START did not find any DHCP information for your device." Anyone know how to bypass this error?
John M. Douglass

March 25, 2015, 11:14 am

@brandall7 - That is for START registration, not LAWN device registration. Those are (currently) different systems. Please read the above information for details on where to go to get your device registered.,

June 2, 2015, 6:17 pm

the only way to register a chromecast is coming to the OIT office ?
John M. Douglass

June 3, 2015, 10:12 am

@dgupta33 - At this time, yes that is the procedure as documented in the above page. You can visit the OIT Technology Support Center in the Clough Building by the Starbucks or you can visit any ResNet office. If a device supports WPA-Enterprise authentication (the Chromecast does not) this is not required.

June 14, 2015, 3:30 pm


August 16, 2015, 7:20 pm

This is my second year and I've registered my windows laptop, but still can't connect to GTwifi using my buzzport username and password (jsmith8 | password1234)

August 29, 2015, 6:08 pm

I'm having major issues with connecting my router to my Xbox One. It's been fine for the past year, but this past week, it stopped working. When I check the Xbox for issues, it says my NAT type is Strict. It's not simply my Xbox (other game systems are having the same issues). I'm wondering if there's something wrong with my GT account? My roommate's game systems seem to work just fine.
John M. Douglass

August 31, 2015, 10:20 am

@ldouglas3 - I looked on register.lawn.gatech.edu and saw no devices registered to the account "ldouglas3". This would be in conjunction with having the device on GTother. If you were using wired connection, that is the START system. For issues in the residence halls, you can contact the WreckTechs (wrecktechs.gatech.edu) for assistance.

September 2, 2015, 10:36 pm

My roku was working fine and connected to GT Other through Lawn for first 2 weeks of school but now it's able to "connect" to network but not able to load any data to access netflix and other apps.

December 16, 2015, 4:30 pm

When I go to register.lawn.gatech.edu, I now get a page with "logout" as my only option. This was working for me back in the summer, but I was a Tech Temp at the time. Now I'm research faculty. Do I need to be re-enabled after my status change? Or for some other reason? Thanks

April 29, 2016, 4:33 pm

I have problems with connecting to the GTwifi.
For some reason, my internet is disconnected after I do not use my laptop for awhile. Then I have to go to wifi setting, click on forget the wifi and then reconnect it again. Is there a way to troubleshoot this problem?

May 4, 2016, 7:24 pm

the etherner has been down. what happened?

October 14, 2016, 6:58 pm

I (also) have had a lot of issues connecting to gtwifi on my hp laptop running windows 10. I am completely unable to connect with my computer and it takes ~30 minutes to connect while using a wifi adapter.

October 30, 2016, 9:32 pm

Is Ethernet connection down? I can't connect

January 17, 2017, 11:06 pm

Does anyone know how to connect a current generation Philips Hue to the internet if you live in a dorm? From what I can tell they appear to be on different vLANs so my ethernet connected computer can't see the bridge which is also plugged in. If anyone has any experience with this I'd really appreciate it

August 25, 2017, 11:31 pm

what is GTother wifi password ?

September 25, 2017, 8:51 pm

How can I connect firestick to wifi

January 9, 2018, 5:30 pm

Why isn't my Ethernet connection not working ? whats the GTother password ?

January 9, 2018, 5:31 pm

Why isn't my Ethernet connection not working ? whats the GTother password ?

January 12, 2018, 10:51 am

Is there a way to register and connect philips smart lights?


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