Connect to the Wired Network in Residence Halls
Step-by-step instructions for connecting to the wired network in residence halls
This article applies to: Wired Network: Students
Step 1: Plug into the Data Jack
- Plug the supplied cable into the back of your computer. Use the connector that fits the end of the cable.
Find the data jacks in your room. Your jacks probably have one of the following configurations:
Note: The second box may be some distance from the first.
- Plug the Ethernet cable into the first available data jack.
Locating the Live Jack
When you move into your room, a live jack will be present, but not all of the available jacks will be live. On some computers, there is at least one small light near the Ethernet connector. If this light is on when the cable is plugged in, you probably have a live jack. Computer configurations vary, so if you do not have a light on your Ethernet card, consult your computer or Ethernet card documentation.
Jacks can be activated for an additional fee. For more information, see Activate Student Wired Network Service.
Step 2: Connect and Register
Windows and macOS will normally configure TCP/IP automatically.
- Start your computer and open an Internet browser (such as Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Explorer).
Go to the Cornell Network registration and Security System page.
(This page may open automatically.)
- Complete the online registration.
About Ethernet Cables
You must use a provided cable for a wired network connection.
Students may request an Ethernet network cable by reaching out to the Cornell Housing and Dining Contracts Office.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 607-255-5368
206 Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC)