Friday, January 25, 2008

Registering your new games

Good news, everyone (well, not news, but it's still good): Siena does allow gaming systems like Playstation Plus, Xbox, Wii, etc. on its network. You just need to register your system and will be allowed to game online.

Some students have been having some problems registering. The issue is that the registration requires that you enter an Mac Address. This has nothing to do with Macintosh computers (though Macs do have Mac Addresses. Confused yet?). The Mac Address is a standard set of letters and numbers that uniquely identify network devices. Mac Address consist of six pairs of hexidecimal characters, usually written as separated by colons of hyphens: 01:23:45:67:89:ab ("hexidecimal" means the letters a-f are used in addition to 0-9). Each gaming device (and any network devices) is assigned a Mac Address (sometimes called a "Physical Address" -- for some reason, Microsoft doesn't like using "Mac.").

OK, the technical part is over. Let's go back to the instructions.

When you go to register your Gaming system, there are instructions on finding your Mac Address at the top left of the page.

Click on the name of your device for instructions on how to find the information.