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Connecting Workstations on Campus

Follow these instructions to connect a computer to the campus wired (Ethernet) network.

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1. Make sure your computer complies with minimum network connection standards.

Look over UC San Diego's minimum network connection standards and make sure your computer meets them, including:

  • Anti-virus software
  • Firewall software
  • Up-to-date, patchable operating system software

2. Register your machine to obtain a valid IP address and domain name.

  • Check with your department's system administrator. Many system administrators handle machine registration for their local areas.
  • If your department doesn't have a system administrator, fill out a registration form for each computer you want to register. The ACT hostmaster will return your IP address and host name. Hostmaster will try to process requests as quickly as possible within 48 hours.

3. Verify that you have an active Ethernet wall jack in your work area.

  • If you don't have an active wall jack for each computer you want to use, check if your department does its own wiring. If so, ask your department to install and activate the wall jack.
  • If your department uses ACT's wiring services:
    • Ask your supervisor for an index number to recharge the cost of activation or installation.
    • Fill out ACT’s online Customer Service Request (CSR) form.

4. Configure your computer to use the campus wired (Ethernet) network.

Select your operating system to configure your computer to use on the campus wired (Ethernet) network:

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