Connecting to the ResNet with Apple OS X

Printed copies of these instructions are available in the Computer Support Center which is located in the Computer Center, room CC113. If you have trouble with this procedure, or need advice, call the Computer Support Center at x5999.

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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 Mozilla Firefox, 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. Connect your Mac to the network jack in your room
  2. Set up your PC's network software
  3. Test your connection with Safari

Step 1  
  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! Many apartments on campus may have more than one set of data jacks that can make things confusing! The correct jacks to use have BLACK jacks installed in an IVORY colored wall plate. (North Residential Community Residences and Asylum Avenue Residences may be different.) 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. If you contact the Computer Support Hotline for assistance, they will ask you for your port number.

Locate the correct data jacks
Note the address number above your jack

Step 2  
  Click the Apple menu in the upper left hand corner of the screen and choose System Preferences....
Step 3  
  When the System Preferences... window appears, choose Network.
Step 4  
  When the Network window appears, fill it out exactly as shown here.

Choose Show: Built-in Ethernet.

Click TCP/IP.

Choose Configure IPv4: Using DHCP.

Click Apply Now and then close the windows.

Step 5  
  Try out your connection by opening a web browser, such as Safari, and surfing the Internet.  

If you have trouble connecting to web sites, re-check all of the steps in this document. If you still have trouble, contact the Computer Support Center at x5999, or visit them in the Computer Center in Room CC113.

If you do not have up-to-date antivirus software running on your computer, you must install the University's software. You can borrow a CD from the Computer Support Center located in the Computer Center in room CC113. You may not operate your computer on the network without antivirus software.

You must also keep your Macintosh system up-to-date with Apple's latest security updates. Run Software Update as described here:

Also visit the ResNet information pages at

for information needed to configure your favorite e-mail program, such as Netscape Messenger, Outlook Express, or Eudora.

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