Students Network Access


To protect HLS network resources and ensure the availability of network services to the entire HLS community, your access is conditioned upon your agreeing to and complying with the terms of the Harvard Law School Computer and Network Resources Usage Agreement. Failure to comply with the terms of the Usage Agreement may result in the suspension or termination of network privileges.

Hardware Requirements

Type of connection:Location:Hardware required:Available:
Wired EthernetAll Dormson-campus only
Wireless EthernetCampus-Wideon-campus only

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Registering on the Harvard University Network 

There are two available, open wireless networks at Harvard Law School: "Harvard University" and "Harvard Guest". As a part of the Harvard Community, with a HUID and PIN, you will want to use the Harvard University wireless; its speed is greater than the Harvard Guest wireless network. If you have guests to the campus who need wireless access, you can have them connect to the Guest wireless using the instructions on the Guest Wireless webpage, which explains these differences further. 

You must register each wireless device before you can use it on the Harvard University network. If you are using a wired connection in your dorm, you will need to register your wired (ethernet) card. For wireless access on the HLS campus, you will also need to register your wireless card as a separate event, even if you have already registered your ethernet card from the same computer. Registration on the Harvard University network will take place when you choose the Harvard University wireless network, and then open a browser. A website will load which will guide you through the registration process. 

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Wireless Networking: Technical Details and Guidelines

Wireless vs Wired:

Wireless networking provides convenience and freedom but is not meant to be a replacement for wired networking. Wireless networks are designed to handle light network traffic (Internet browsing, email, etc). Activities that require high-bandwidth, high data transfer rates, or a high level of security should be done over a wired network.


Wireless networks transmit data at much slower rates than wired networks (typically 11 or 54 Mbit per seconds as compared to 100 Mbit or 1 Gbit per second on a wired network). If you will be doing things that require high data transfer speeds, such as streaming video or online gaming, you should connect via a wired jack.


Wireless networks use shared bandwidth. This means the total available bandwidth (of 11 or 54 Mbit) is divided amongst all the users connected to an access point. Users should avoid bandwidth intensive activities over wireless (downloading large files, playing online games, etc). Please be considerate of your fellow wireless users and use the wired network for these activities.


Wireless operates in the 2.4GHz radio frequency. There are many other common devices that also use this radio frequency, including microwaves, cordless phones, and blue tooth devices. Any of these devices in range of you can interfere with your connection.


Data transmitted via wireless is easily intercepted. Confidential information should not be transmitted. You can secure your wireless connection with HLS's VPN Software (see below).

Securing your Wireless Network with VPN

VPN (Virtual Private Network) VPN is software for establishing secure connections to HLS network services. It is used to allow members of the HLS community to encrypt their wireless connection. To encrypt their connection, students should first install the appropriate VPN Client software on their system. VPN is automatically installed (if allowed by you or your browser) when you log into the Harvard SSL VPN Service using HUID@LAWSTUDENT and PIN password. For example, if your HUID is 12345678, you would enter 12345678@LAWSTUDENT.   

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Configuring Your Computer for HLS Wireless

When configuring wireless for use on the Harvard University network, make sure that Internet Connection Sharing is not enabled. If you have Internet Connection Sharing enabled and your computer is found to be interfering with the ability of others to connect to the HLS network, your network connection will be disabled until you turn off Internet Connection Sharing. 

Please follow the instructions below to be sure you are correctly configured. 

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Last modified: June 11, 2014

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