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What Ethernet/Network hardware/software is necessary?(Please read first) / I have Windows / I have MacOS
Related Links: (Mobile Campus (Loaner Laptops) / Wireless

On campus, we have both Wireless (our wireless network) and network access areas. To use Wireless, you will need a wireless card and your CSU ID number and CampusPass. Please go here for more info on Wireless set-up and connections. (Information about the Mobile Campus laptop loaner program)

To use the network access areas, you will need a network driver, your CSU ID number and CampusPass, and the appropriate plug-ins. These plugins allow you to bring in a laptop computer and attach to the campus Ethernet for high speed network access. To use this service, you must do some configuration on your computer. Please select one of the links below to learn more.

What Ethernet/Network hardware/software is necessary?

You need either an Ethernet/Network card or a wireless card. For Wireless, please go to the Wireless pages.

Ethernet/Network Card:

(Please read first) To use the Laptop Access, you must have the following equipment available:

  • A laptop computer running Windows or MacOS.
  • An Ethernet card/interface supporting 10Base-T OR a Wireless-compatable card (Cisco).
  • A properly configured TCP/IP stack running on any of the above operating systems. Your stack must support DHCP configuration. (All of the above OSes will support DHCP.)
  • Enough processor/memory to run any Internet applications that you wish to use while at a plugin. You will be required to authenticate yourself to a proxy server.
    Configuration instructions can be found by selecting your OS from the top of this page.


I Have Windows

You should have the drivers for your Ethernet card properly installed. This includes all Plug-and-Play/PCMCIA network devices. Your network card will come with all of the instructions necessary to do this.

Once your card is properly installed, click on the Start Menu, then Click on Settings, and then on Control Panels. Click on Network.

The Network Control Panel will open. Look to see if TCP/IP is on the list of installed Network components. If it is, skip to the next paragraph. If not, read on.

To install the TCP/IP protocol, put your Windows CD-ROM into the drive, and then click on the Add button from the Network Control Panel. Click on Protocol and then click on TCP/IP. You have now added the TCP/IP protocol.

Once the TCP/IP protocol is added, click on it once and then click on Properties. Under the IP address tap, click on "Obtain address from a server". Click OK and restart your machine. You are now ready to use a Laptop Access port.

Details for Windows Ethernet set-up


I have MacOS

You should have Open Transport on your system as well as having your network card installed. Most Mac laptops come with Networking built in. To configure for the Laptop Access port, do the following:

  1. Open the TCP/IP control Panel
  2. Change the Connect via option to Ethernet
  3. Change the Configure option to Using DHCP Server
  4. Close the TCP/IP control Panel. You will be asked if you want to save the changes. Do so.
    That's it. You have now configured TCP/IP, and are now ready to use a Laptop Access port with your Mac laptop.

Details for Mac Ethernet set-up


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