Get Online – Wired

Get Online – Wired Connection

Windows XP users: In April 2014, Microsoft dropped security updates for Windows XP, which means your computer could be susceptible to threats, such as viruses and malware. ResTek requests that you upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8 BEFORE you connect to our network. This can be done by Western students for free.

RJ 45/Cat 5 Ethernet Cable
These can be purchased at a computer store near you, the WWU Bookstore, and online.
ethernet cable

Ethernet Port

The Ethernet port can be found on the side of your laptop. If you are using a desktop, check the back of your computer. Be aware that some computers don’t have an ethernet port.

ethernet port

Connecting Your Computer to the Network

  1. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on your computer
  2. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port in the wall

TIP: Ethernet ports are orange; phone jacks are white.
Only one of the Ethernet ports (the one on the left) is active: The A port (if the ports are labeled A and B); or The C port (if the ports are labeled C and D). Unfortunately, no additional ports may be activated.

 

NOTE: If you need more than one Ethernet port, you can add a jack by using a router or switch that you already own, with wireless disabled, or you can purchase a switch from a computer supply retailer . ResTek can then help you set this device up. (Our policy describing why wireless needs to be disabled can be found here.)

  1. Open your web browser.
    • On the ResTek Network Registration page, follow the instructions for registering your computer on our network. After you complete this process and restart your computer, you will be able to use the Internet

 

If you are still experiencing problems, please try modifying your Network Settings.