Ethernet

Ethernet

Ethernet (wired) connections are faster and less susceptible to speed fluctuations than wireless connections. Because an Ethernet connection directly connects your computer to the UD network, it is an acceptable way for employees to access confidential, critical information (i.e., PII). IT recommends students use an Ethernet connection during high-traffic times like course enrollment.

Connecting

When you connect to the UD network with an Ethernet cable, you will be prompted to register your device on the UD Network Page. You will need to do this even if you have already registered the device wirelessly.

Use the tabs below for system-specific directions on connecting.

  • Ethernet on Windows 7

    1. Connect and register your computer wirelessly on UDel or UDel Secure.

    2. Click the Internet access icon in the task bar and select Open Network and Sharing Center.
    3. turn wi-fi off

    4. Click Wireless Network Connection.
    5. turn wi-fi off

    6. Click Disable.
    7. turn wi-fi off

    8. Connect one end of your Ethernet cable to the Ethernet jack in your room or office, and connect the other end to your computer's Ethernet port.

    9. Open a web browser and navigate to any site.

    10. On the page that appears, click the link to register for full Internet access.
    11. full internet access

    12. The link will take you to the UD Network Page. Login with your UDelNet ID and password.

    13. Click Register the computer or Internet-enabled device you are using right now for full Internet access. register comp.

    14. Enter a description for your device like "Laptop Ethernet" and click Register.
    15. login

    16. Your computer is now connected to the UD network over an Ethernet connection.

      • To reconnect wirelessly, unplug the Ethernet cable from your computer, repeat steps 2-4, and click Enable.
  • Ethernet on Windows 8

    1. Connect and register your computer wirelessly on UDel or UDel Secure.

    2. Click the Internet access icon in the task bar.
    3. turn wi-fi off

    4. Slide the Wi-Fi switch to the Off position.
    5. turn wi-fi off

    6. Connect one end of your Ethernet cable to the Ethernet jack in your room or office, and connect the other end to your computer's Ethernet port.

    7. Open a web browser and navigate to any site.

    8. On the page that appears, click the link to register for full Internet access.
    9. full internet access

    10. The link will take you to the UD Network Page. Login with your UDelNet ID and password.

    11. Click Register the computer or Internet-enabled device you are using right now for full Internet access. register comp.

    12. Enter a description for your device like "Laptop Ethernet" and click Register.
    13. login

    14. Your computer is now connected to the UD network over an Ethernet connection.

      • To reconnect wirelessly, unplug the Ethernet cable from your computer, repeat steps 2 and 3, and slide the Wi-Fi switch to the On position.
  • Ethernet on Mac

    1. Connect and register your computer wirelessly on UDel or UDel Secure.

    2. Click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and select Turn Wi-Fi Off.
    3. turn wi-fi off

    4. Connect one end of your Ethernet cable to the Ethernet jack in your room or office, and connect the other end to your computer's Ethernet port.

    5. Open a web browser and navigate to any site.

    6. On the page that appears, click the link to register for full Internet access.
    7. full internet access

    8. The link will take you to the UD Network Page. Login with your UDelNet ID and password.

    9. Click Register the computer or Internet-enabled device you are using right now for full Internet access. register comp.

    10. Enter a description for your device like "Laptop Ethernet" and click Register.
    11. login

    12. Your computer is now connected to the UD network over an Ethernet connection.

      • To reconnect wirelessly, unplug the Ethernet cable from your computer and turn Wi-Fi on.

Locating Ethernet Jacks

Ethernet jacks on campus usually have a computer icon and are usually in pairs of two. The images below are from various locations on campus.


Ethernet jacks in a faculty office on campus.


Ethernet jacks in Thomas McKean Residence Hall.


Ethernet jacks in the Christiana Towers. Note the size difference between the ethernet jacks and the phone jack.

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