Connecting to the ResNet with Mac OS 8.x or 9.x

This document is best viewed with a graphical web browser such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer, as it contains pictures demonstrating each step.

Printed copies of these instructions are available in the Computer Support Center that is located in the Computer Center, room CC113. If you have trouble with this procedure, or need advice, call the Computer Support Center at (860) 768-5999. The on-campus computer vendor can perform this procedure for you - contact them for pricing and an appointment at (860) 768-5777.


What is the ResNet?

"ResNet" stands for "Residential Network." It provides a full-time, high-speed connection to the University's campus-wide network and the Internet without tying-up your telephone line. Once connected, your computer can run most popular Internet programs such as Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, FTP (File Transfer Protocol), Telnet, Eudora, Chat, ICQ, and even access your AOL account (if you have one - however, AOL is not required at UofH) at very high speed.


Setting up ResNet:

There are several tasks you must complete to get connected to the ResNet:

1. Determine if you have a network card installed in your Mac

2. Connect your Mac to the wall jack

3. Set up your Mac’s network software

Step 1: Determine if you have a network card installed in your Mac

If your Mac is less than three years old, chances are the machine has an Ethernet card. Look for a port on your machine that has a symbol that looks something like this < -- > next to it. The port itself should look just a little bigger than a phone jack. If your machine is more than three years old, and does not have a port like this, you will have to install one, or have your computer dealer install one for you.

Step 2: Connect your Mac to the wall jack

To connect your Mac to the wall jack, you will need a Category 5 network cable, or CAT5 for short. Connect one end of your network cable to the jack on the computer, and the other end to the jack on the wall. It doesn't matter which end is connected to which jack since both ends of the cable are identical. The connectors snap in just like a telephone cord. Make sure that you connect your computer to the correct wall jack! The correct jacks to use have BLACK jacks installed in an IVORY colored wall plate. In a double bedroom, there should be TWO black jacks in a single wall plate; in single bedrooms, there should be ONE black jack, and a plain, ivory-colored blank panel on an ivory wall plate. Each black jack should have a label over it with two numbers, separated by a period, e.g., "12.34". If the jack has the words "Phone", "Voice", or "Data" printed on it, it's the wrong jack - look for another! If your wall plate has two jacks, you can plug into either one of them. Make a note of the numbers over the jack you select for use later.


Step 3: Set up your Mac’s network software

Setting up your Macintosh to use the ResNet is a three-step process:

You are all set! Try out your network connection by opening Internet Explorer or Netscape Communicator, which would be included with your installation of Mac OS 8.x or 9.x.