Ethernet network

The College computer "Ethernet" network enables access to network services throughout the college. All publicly-accessible computers in the computer room and library are connected to this network. There are also numerous network connection points for those that wish to connect their own computers and access the same facilities. There are connection points at every desk in the Library, and at least one connection in each College residence. Please note, the ethernet points in the College administrative offices will only work with college-owned machines. Alternatively, you may wish to use the University wireless network which is currently available in the Library, family flats and conference rooms.

Computing at Wolfson is subject to College and University Rules; IT Support is provided within certain guidelines.

Connecting your computer to the network

Most modern computers come with a network adapter already installed. If you are not sure you have one, or need help identifying it, please come to an IT Surgery.

Once you have a computer with a network adapter, you will need to register the adapter with the college. Every network adapter has a unique "fingerprint", known as the MAC address which we need to know to allow your computer onto the network. The MAC address is 12 characters long, often separated into pairs with colons or hypens. Every character is either a number, or a letter from A to F.

To find your MAC address in Windows XP: Click Start, click Run, enter command and click OK or Run. In the box that appears, type ipconfig /all, press enter and look for the line beginning "Physical address". If there is more than one Physical Address given make sure you have the one associated with your Ethernet Device and not any others (for example Wireless). 

To find your MAC address in Windows Vista or Windows 7: Click the Windows button in the bottom left, enter cmd where it says Start Search and press enter on your keyboard. In the box that appears, type ipconfig /all, press enter and look for the line beginning "Physical address". If there is more than one Physical Address given make sure you have the one associated with your Ethernet Device and not any others (for example Wireless).

To find your MAC address in Apple Mac OS X: Pull down the Apple menu, select System Preferences, click Network, in the pull-down Show: select the interface required, look for the line Ethernet ID.

Once you have your MAC address, you can register your computer online at the registration homepage. Once your registration is complete, you can simply plug your machine into any ethernet socket in public areas of the college, or residential rooms and your connection should work. If you have any problems, please contact IT Support.

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