Who Needs to Register a Device in the Host Database?
The Princeton University Host Database
records certain information devices attached to the campus network.
Registration is required
for nearly every device attached directly to OIT Ethernet or OIT Wireless service,
or attached via any mechanism that bridges to OIT Ethernet service.
Which Devices Must be Registered in the Host Database?
For those devices that must be registered in the Host Database,
the following sections
explain who needs to register the device.
Once the device is registered, the Technical Contacts specified in the
registration are responsible for keeping the Host Database entry current,
updating it as necessary.
Has Someone Already Registered Your Device?
In some cases, your device may already be registered in the Host Database:
Host Database registration is accomplished by subscribing to Dormnet:
You may use the
Dormnet Subscription Form
to subscribe to Dormnet.
If your computer was purchased through the University's
"Student Computing Initiative" (SCI) Program,
that program may have
automatically subscribed your device to Dormnet.
In some cases, SCI does not know the hardware address of your device's
Wireless and/or Ethernet interface, so may have not subscribed your device,
or may have subscribed your device with only the information they knew.
Everyone Except Dormnet Subscribers:
If you registered your device in the Host Database at any
time in the past, you need not re-register it. (You received a piece
of email confirming the registration at that time.)
Otherwise you need to register your device in the
Checking to See if your Device Has Been Registered in the Host Database
If you are not sure whether your device is currently registered,
you can View the Host Database.
If viewing the Host Database indicates that no registration information
is found, your device is not registered; you will need to register it.
If viewing the Host Database locates your device, then your device is already registered.
You should not attempt to re-register it.
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The Office of Information Technology,
Last Updated: January 23 2015