Each student will have different needs depending on their major. Students will receive a syllabus at the first class session with a list of any necessary supplies as directed by the instructor.
Details on laptop requirements and general recommendations.
Internet & E-mail Access
Our residence halls provide free Internet access, most buildings on campus are wireless and all students are given an e-mail account.
Internet Connections on Camps
Two jacks will be located in each suite, but only the orange colored jack labeled "D1" will hook up to the data network.
To hook a computer up to the network, run a Category 5 patch cable (available in the CCS bookstore in various lengths) from the "D1" orange wall jack to the ethernet jack on the back of you computer. Important: This is a dedicated connection to the college network – you cannot hook up to it with a modem!
Connecting through a hub
If more than one computer per suite needs to be connected, four- and eight-port networking hubs are also available in the CCS Bookstore. To install the hub, run a Category 5 patch cable from the "D1" orange wall jack to the highest numbered port on the back of the hub (either port 4 or port 8, depending on the model you use). On the back of the hub, there should be a small white switch labeled either MDI/MDIX or uplink. Make sure this is pushed in, and plug the hub's power supply into an electrical outlet. At this point, the link light on the front of the hub for the highest port should be lit and glowing steady green. This indicates that the hub is functional and talking to the campus network. If the link light is not lit, double check all connections and make sure the small white uplink switch is pressed in. After the hub is up and running, connect the various computers in your suite to it using Category 5 patch cables connected to any available hub port.
System requirements and settings
To access the network, you must have a computer with a 10 megabit or 10/100 megabit ethernet network interface card (NIC). A modem will not work! System requirements and setup is as follows:
You must have at least Mac OS 7.6 with Open Transport installed. To set up your network connection (you should only have to do this the first time), Choose "TCP/IP" on your control panels menu. Make sure that "connect via" is set to "ethernet" and that the "configure" box says "using DHCP server". You should now be able to access the Internet.
You must be running Windows 95 or higher. Right click on the "network neighborhood" icon on your desktop and choose properties. Verify that TCP/IP shows up as a network.
- Please refrain from using obscene or offensive words as the SSID for wireless devices.
- We recommend that students hide their SSID to help prevent unauthorized access to their personal wireless networks. (See hardware manual for details.)
- We prefer students to use the following scheme for their wireless SSID: Example ACB106 (Building and dorm room number). If more than one wireless/router is located in the room, use the scheme ACB106A, ACB106B etc.
- Configure switch/router DHCPs service to accommodate only the number of users in the room. For example, if there are five users in the room, set the DHCP range to 192.168.0.1–192.168.0.5. Please set it so is does not give out addresses to the uplink port. So as to avoid giving out addresses to the rest of the building.
- MAC address filtering is another configuration alternative to prevent others from gaining access to your wireless device. This may be configured differently in different products so read the manual provided with your hardware if you want to use this feature.
Questions or Problems?
If you run into trouble hooking up to the network, please file a Help Desk ticket and a member of Information Technology team will help you as soon as possible.