Setting Up Your Network Connection

There are two areas to check when setting up the connection. The first is the physical connection to our network. The second is the setup of the software on your computer. To use the Internet on campus you will need a standard Ethernet network cable and an Ethernet adapter card. Most computers already come with a network card. However, if your computer does not have one you can purchase it at the campus bookstore.

Steps 1 through 3 are relevant to any computer regardless of your operating system. Steps 4 through 17 are instructions specific to computers using Windows XP, but may be adapter for other operating systems.

  1. Ensure that your computer has a network card. On a desktop computer it is usually located at the back of the computer. On a laptop, it is located at the rear or on one of the sides of the unit.
    Desktop Computer Ethernet Port

    Notebook Computer Ethernet Port

  2. Plug one end of the network cable into the network card in your computer. A network cable looks similar to a phone cable but is thicker and has a larger connector.
    Ethernet Network Cable

    Ethernet Network Connector

  3. Plug the other end of the cable into the network connection in your room. The jack is colored orange and is usually located next to your phone connect.

    Network Jack

  4. Next, you must check your network settings to verify they are configured for our network. Log into your computer and click the Start menu. 

    Windows XP Start Menu

  5. Using the mouse, Left-Click on Run 

    Click on Run

  6. Type control ncpa.cpl and click OK. This will open the Network Connections window. 

    control ncpa.cpl

  7. A typical network connection is named Local Area Connection. Multiple entries may appear if you have more than one network card. Right-Clickon your network card and choose Properties.

    Network Connections

  8. On the next window scroll to the bottom of the list titled This connection uses the following items. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and Left-Click on the Properties button. 

    Local Area Connection Properties

  9. Verify that the items circled below are selected. Then click the Advanced button. 

    Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties

  10. Choose the DNS tab on the next window. Uncheck the option to Register this connection's address in DNS and then click OK. 

    Advanced TCP/IP Settings

  11. Click OK until you have closed all of the windows for your network connection. Restart your computer and then continue to the next step.

  12. Open the Run box again as detailed in steps 4 and 5 . 


  13. Type the word command and click OK. 


  14. Click OK. A command prompt will appear. Type ipconfig and then press the Enter key. 

    command prompt

  15. Verify that your computer was assigned an IP address from the campus DHCP server. An address that starts with anything other than 10.11.x.x indicates that you are not connected to the network or your settings are incorrect.

    IP Address

  16. If your IP address is not 10.11.x.x then right click My Network Places and choose Properties. You should see a Local Area Connection icon for your network connection. Ensure that it is enabled. If it is not enabled then Right-Click the connection and look for an Enable option and select it. Test your connection once it has been enabled. 

  17. Completely shut down your computer, turn it back on, and log into Windows. You should now be able to use the Internet. If you still cannot connect then please call the Helpdesk at extension 5660 for assistance.