Use the Brown-Secure network for your privacy and safety! It requires a quick one-time setup process:
- First, temporarily connect to the Brown_EZ network to get online.
- Then, visit http://cloudpath.brown.edu to configure your connection.
The first time you connect your computer to ethernet in a residence hall, you will be taken through a 1-time registration process. Guide to Ports in Residence Halls
Gaming Consoles and Other Devices
These types of devices can't access the network wirelessly, so you'll have to connect them with an Ethernet cable. If you have a device without a web browser (such as a gaming system, Roku, TV with ethernet, or Magic Jack phone), the lack of browser will prevent you from going through the MyConnection process to connect. Instead, you'll need to register your device by filling out the form below.
- Form: register your device: http://brown.edu/cis/legacy/netextend
- After your registration ticket has been handled and closed, connect your device using an Ethernet cable
Email and More
Check your email at gmail.brown.edu from any computer using your GoogleApps@Brown username (e.g., Josiah_Carberry). You can also log in to other Google services directly using your full email address as your username. Information for configuring GoogleApps on your mobile device
- Computing clusters are located in each of the two main libraries (Sciences and Rockefeller) and in the CIT building. Both Windows and Mac computers are available. Cluster Locations and Information
- Several public internet kiosks are located across campus where students and visitors can quickly check their email or surf the web. Kiosk Locations
Buying a Computer
Dell and Apple are Brown's preferred vendors for personal computers.
Guide: Buying a Computer
Brown's Bookstore Technology Center provides repairs for personally-owned computers and devices. They are an authorized warranty service provider for Dell and Apple computers.
Several phone providers offer Brown discounts for personal purchases and plans, listed in our Guide to Buying a Phone.
Currently, wireless printers will not work on Brown's network. You can use your PAWPrints account (automatically tied in to your Brown ID / Bear Bucks account) to print to the print release stations in the computing clusters.
More about Printing
Brown's software catalog lists Brown-licensed software, free and open source software, and discounted purchasing options. Note that starting in 2014, students will be able to download Microsoft Office for free.
You can find course information and register for Brown courses using the Banner course catalog at:
Course Preview Pages offer additional information like syllabi and reading lists supplied by course instructors.
Canvas, Brown's learning management system, can be populated with digital materials such as course syllabi, lecture notes, readings, links, and discussion boards.
- The Information Security section of the CIS website has a lot of information about safe computing.
- Theft - If your laptop is stolen, immediately contact the Department of Public Safety at x33322 to report the incident. If you have registered your computer with MyConnection by connecting via ethernet in a residence hall, CIS can attempt to find your stolen computer on the Brown network.
With IPTV , you can watch 37 channels on your computer over a wired connection in a residence hall. Students with a television can rent a Set Top Box from the Office of Residential Life (27 Brown Street, Wayland House). More information about IPTV
Options for commercial-free streaming music, based on your personal selection of artist or genre, are available on the Web. Several portable devices are supported.
Guide: Legal Music Options