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Setting Up Windows XP/Vista/7 for the Wired Network

To access the Dartmouth wired (plugged-in) network, you will need connect and configure your Windows XP Professional, Vista, or Windows 7 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.

Windows Vista/7

  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. Next, enter your DND (BlitzMail) user name 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Windows XP

  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. Next, enter your DND (BlitzMail) user name 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.
  2. Next, click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, then Network Connections. Right-click Local Area Connection and select Properties. Make sure that Client for Microsoft Networks is found in the box labeled This connection uses the following items on the General tab. (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 in front of the Client for Microsoft Networks listing if one does not already appear there.
  3. Highlight the Client for Microsoft Networks item by clicking on it, then click the Properties button. Change the Name Service Provider to Windows Locator. Click OK.
  4. Check to see if Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) appears in the box labeled This connection uses the following items. (If it is not there, install it by clicking on Install, Protocol, then Add, then click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then OK.) Check the box that appears in front of the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) listing if one does not already appear there. Click OK.
  5. Highlight the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) item, then click the Properties button. Make sure Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS Server Addresses Automatically are selected. Click OK twice to close the Local Area Connection Status 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

Windows Vista/7

Note: The following instructions for Windows Vista refer to the default Windows Vista interface. If you have changed your copy of Windows Vista to use the Windows Classic View interface, the instructions will be slightly different.

  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. Next, enter your DND (BlitzMail) user name 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Click Client for Microsoft Networks to highlight it, then click Properties. Change the Name Service Provider to Windows Locator. Click OK.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Restart your computer. Log on using the administrator name and password you established for your computer.

Windows XP

Note: The following instructions for Windows XP refer to the default Windows XP interface. If you have changed your copy of Windows XP to use the Windows Classic interface, the instructions will be slightly different.

  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. Next, enter your DND (BlitzMail) user name 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.
  2. Next, click Start, Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, then System. In the System Control Panel window, click the Computer Name tab. In the Computer Description field, enter your name and the location of the computer (e.g., John Doe’s Dell in 25 Berry). Click the Change... button to the right of To rename this computer or join a domain. In the Computer Name field, enter the first initial of your first name, then your last name with no spaces or period (e.g., JDoe). Click the button next to Workgroup. Enter the workgroup for your dorm. If you don't know the workgroup for your dorm, see Work Groups for Windows Computers. Click OK twice.
  3. Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, then Network Connections. Right-click Local Area Connection, then Properties. Make sure that Client for Microsoft Networks is found in the This connection uses the following items box on the General tab. 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.
  4. Click Client for Microsoft Networks to highlight it, then click Properties. Change the Name Service Provider to Windows Locator. Click OK.
  5. Check to see if Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) appears in the This connection uses the following items box on the General tab. If it is not there, install it by clicking on Install, Protocol, then Add. Click Microsoft on the left side of that window, then click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then OK. Check the box that appears to the left of the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) listing if one does not already appear there. Click OK.
  6. Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then Properties. Make sure Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically are selected. Click OK twice to close the Local Area Connection Properties window.
  7. Restart your computer. Log on to your computer using the administrator name and password you established for your computer.

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Last Updated: 2/7/13