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How to Connect Your Computer to the Internet

Before you start, you will need:

  • A computer that meets minimum requirements
  • A "straight through" type Ethernet cable (Cat-5) or a wireless 802.11g/n compatible network adapter.
  • A UC San Diego username and password

In most areas, wireless is available in addition to a wired Ethernet connection. However, your wired Ethernet connection should be your primary connection because it is more reliable, much faster, and more secure. In addition, wireless is intended primarily for the common room areas, not individual rooms.

Connecting to the Internet using your wired Ethernet cable

  1. Most computers come with the default configuration settings already in place.
  2. If you are connecting using an Ethernet cable, make sure it is plugged into your computer and the direct Ethernet port in your room (you may need to move furniture to find the Ethernet port). The extra ports in rooms and the common areas are not automatically activated. If there are more residents than ports in your room and you need additional active ports, please call ResNet at (858) 534-2267 and ask to borrow a network switch. The network switch is free to use for the year. 
  3. Make sure your wireless card is turned off.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the ResNet Acceptable Use Policy.
  5. Using the computer you wish to register, open your web browser after connecting and you should be redirected to the ResNet authenticaiton page. If you are not being redirected to the authentication page please call ResNet at (858) 534-2267.

Connecting to the Internet using your wireless connection

  1. If you are connecting via wireless, make sure the wireless antenna is on and your wired connection is unplugged.
  2. On Windows computers, double-click on the wireless icon on the system tray on the bottom right. On Mac computers, click on Airport. Then, connect to an access point located in your building. An example is the access point called "RESNET-ERC" in ERC or "RESNET-MUIR" in Muir college.
  3. Some areas offer encrypted wireless. The name of the access point will have an "-E" at the end of the name (i.e., RESNET-MUIR-E). Encrypted wireless connections make it more difficult for others to "listen in" on your wireless conversation. The service cannot encrypt your data through all the paths it travels, but it does offer a more secure connection.
    1. To connect to the ResNet encrpyted wireless, you must first connect to an un-encrypted network first.Then, visit UCSD's documentation online on how to setup your computer to connect to the ResNet encrypted wireless network. For Windows users, if you have configured your computer to connect with "UCSD-PROTECTED" access points, you will have configure your computer again to connect to the ResNet encrypted wireless.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the ResNet Acceptable Use Policy.
  5. Using the computer you wish to register, open your web browser after connecting and you should be redirected to the ResNet authenticaiton page. If you are not being redirected to the authentication page please call ResNet at (858) 534-2267.