Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a wireless speaker and voice controlled computer manufactured by Amazon.com.

How to register on the Gustavus Network

This device will not work on the Gustavus Secure Network. You must connect to the Gustavus network. To register your echo on the Gustavus network, obtain the echo's MAC address by following the steps below. Once you have the mac address, please contact GTS at 507-933-6111 or helpline@gustavus.edu and provide us with the MAC address so that we can assist with registration.

Finding the MAC address

  1. In the Alexa app, open the left navigation panel and then select Settings.
  2. Select your device and then select About. Your MAC address will be listed.
  3. To connect to a network, tap Change next to Wi-Fi Network and follow the prompts on the screen. Select the Gustavus Wi-Fi network.

Configuration and Maintenance

  • Be selective about the accounts you connect to your smart speaker. A new account that is specifically created for use with your device may be the safest option.
  • Check your device’s settings to enable any features that enhance your privacy.
  • Monitor the recordings that your device is making and delete them routinely.
  • If your device is capturing sensitive information, change the “wake” word or move it to a new location.
  • Get in the habit of muting your smart speaker during meetings or phone calls.
  • Turn off the voice-enabled purchasing options, or set a password for any such orders.
  • Monitor your purchase emails and other notifications.
  • Make sure your account passwords are strong and unique to your linked account.
  • Don’t use your smart speaker to remember sensitive information like passwords or credit card numbers.
  • When possible, configure your device to work with your voice only.