Using a wired (ethernet) network connection

Wired ethernet connections are faster and more reliable than wifi, and most of the rooms in the Linguistics Department have at least one active ethernet port, as do many classrooms. To take advantage of a wired connection, you must:

  1. Have access to an active ethernet port in your room.
    • Faculty offices should have one active cable already. For other rooms in Dwinelle, you can search the database. Choose 'Cables' from the left menu, then search by building code (DWIN) and room or by cable name (the label printed on the wall port) . You will need a port with 'Active' cable status and a name that ends with '-D', '-D1', or '-D2' (never with '-V1', which is for telephone voice service).
    • For classrooms, find yours in ETS's classroom info database. Under 'Network information' look for 'Wired Ethernet Port - DHCP' to indicate that the room has an active ethernet port.
  2. Have an ethernet port on your computer.
    • Many laptops do not have a built-in ethernet port. These require a USB, USB-C or Thunderbolt adapter that includes an ethernet port. The IT equipment catalog usually has a number of options to choose from.
    • Some external monitors include an ethernet port, and you can connect to these via Thunderbolt or USB-C.
  3. Have an ethernet cable.
  4. Register the ethernet port on your computer for the DHCP service, which provides an IP address.
    • First, determine your ethernet port's MAC address (also known as the physical address, ethernet address, or hardware address). If your ethernet port is part of an external adapter, make sure it is plugged into your computer before finding this address.
    • Then log in to socreg to register the MAC address. Click "My Assets" from the left sidebar, then the "New Device" button from the "My Devices" section. Enter the MAC address you found in the previous step. Enter a short description of your computer under "Device Name", or for an external adapter, a description of the adapter. This description should be specific enough to help you distinguish the device from any other devices you may have already registered or will register in the future.
  5. Configure your computer to use DHCP. Normally automatic DHCP is the default setting, and if you haven't changed your computer's ethernet port settings, then there is nothing you need to do for this step.
  6. Connect the wires. Plug the ethernet cable into the active port you identified in the first step (normally ends with '-D', '-D1', or '-D2', never '-V1') and into your computer's ethernet port. If you are using an external ethernet adapterl, make sure it is also plugged into your computer.