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Setting Up Windows for the Wired Network

To access the Dartmouth wired (plugged-in) network, you will need connect and register your Windows computer.

Note: Faculty/staff need to use a different process from undergraduate students due to the version of the operating system being used. Be sure to follow the correct sequence.

Tuck and Thayer Students: Do not use this information. You need to configure your computer according to the guidelines for the Tuck and Thayer Schools specifically. To obtain a copy of the instructional guide, or if you have other related questions, contact the IT department for the appropriate school.

Connect

Your computer must be equipped with a supported Ethernet adapter and have the appropriate software drivers installed.

  • If you purchased your computer from The Computer Store, these items are already installed.
  • If you do not have a network adapter installed, we highly recommend you have a Dartmouth-approved network adapter installed by The Computer Store. For more information, contact The Computer Store directly.

Some of the following steps may require your Windows installation disks; we recommend having them readily available.

Using an Ethernet Port

  • Make sure your Ethernet cable is plugged into your computer and into the Network port (blue plastic tab or dot) on the wall or into the appropriate jack on your Voice-over-IP (VoIP) phone.
  • Make sure you use an Ethernet cable that is at least a category 5 cable with 8-pin connectors rather than a phone cable. Check the markings on the outside of the cable to see what category Ethernet cable it is.

Using a Cisco Phone

  • Connect to the secondary network port on a Cisco phone; the phone must be plugged into a Dartmouth network port.

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Configure: Faculty/Staff Instructions

Note: These instructions apply to faculty and staff members. If you are a student, please see Configure: Undergraduate Student Instructions.

  1. The first step is to register your computer on the network. To do this, with your computer plugged into an Ethernet port on the Dartmouth network, open a web browser. You will be prompted to enter a description of your computer, then click Continue.
  2. Next, enter your NetID and password, then click Login. Once you see a window that tells you your registration is complete, close your web browser and wait two minutes.

If you haven't used this computer on another wired network, you should be done. If you have configured this computer for another wired network, or are continuing to have problems connecting, follow the steps below.

  1. Next, click Start and select Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, click the link titled View network status and tasks under Network and Internet, or, if you are in Classic View, click Network and Sharing Center. In the Network and Sharing Center window, under Network, click the View status link next to Local Area Connection. In the Local Area Connection Status window, click Properties. A User Account Control message may appear asking for you permission to continue. Click Continue.
  2. In the Local Area Connection Properties window, confirm that the item Client for Microsoft Networks is checked.  (If that item is not there, install it by clicking Install, Client, then clicking Add. Click on Client for Microsoft Networks, then click OK.)
  3. Highlight the Client for Microsoft Networks item by clicking on it, then click Properties. Change the Name Service Provider to Windows Locator, if necessary, then click OK.
  4. Highlight the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TXP/IPv4) item, then click Properties. Confirm that Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS Server Addresses Automatically are selected. Click OK, then click Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties window.

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Configure: Undergraduate Student Instructions

Note: These instructions apply to students. If you are a faculty or staff member, please see Configure: Faculty/Staff Instructions

  1. The first step is to register your computer on the network. To do this, with your computer plugged into an Ethernet port on the Dartmouth network, open a web browser. You will be prompted to enter a description of your computer, then click Continue.
  2. Next, enter your NetID and password, then click Login. Once you see a window that tells you your registration is complete, close your web browser and wait two minutes. Registrations are valid for one year. You'll receive an e-mail a few days prior to the expiration of your registration reminding you to re-register.

If you haven't used this computer on another wired network, you should be done. If you have configured this computer for another wired network, or are continuing to have problems connecting, follow the steps below.

  1. Next, from the Start menu, click Control Panel, then System and Maintenance, then System. Under the heading Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings select Change settings. Click the Change... button to the right of To rename this computer or change its domain or workgroup, click Change. In the Computer Name field, enter the first initial of your first name, then your last name with no spaces or periods (e.g., JDoe). Click the button next to Workgroup. Enter the workgroup for your dorm. Click OK twice. Close the System Control Panel window.
  2. Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet, then the Network and Sharing Center icon. Click the Manage network connections task on the left side of the window. Click to select Local Area Connection, and then right click and choose Properties from the menu choices. Make sure that Client for Microsoft Networks appears in the This connection uses the following items: box. If it is not there, install it by clicking Install, Client, then Add. Click Client for Microsoft Networks, then click OK. Check the box that appears to the left of the Client for Microsoft Networks listing if one does not already appear there.
  3. Click Client for Microsoft Networks to highlight it, then click Properties. Change the Name Service Provider to Windows Locator. Click OK.
  4. Check to see if Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) appears in the This connection uses the following items: box on the Networking tab. If it is not there, install it by clicking Install, Protocol, then Add. Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), then OK. Check the box that appears to the left of the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) listing if one does not already appear there. Click OK.
  5. Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), then Properties. Make sure Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically are selected. Click OK, then click Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties window.
  6. Restart your computer. Log on using the administrator name and password you established for your computer.

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Last Updated: 10/21/14