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Network & Internet Access

Information about On-Grounds Wired Ethernet Access

ITS provides and maintains the network infrastructure to allow on-Grounds computer users access to UVA resources and the Internet via a “wired” connection. To connect, simply plug your computer into a wall port using a standard Ethernet cable.

  • For UVA students living on Grounds, the common areas and lounges in many residence halls have a network outlet for a wired Ethernet connection to the Internet. If you have trouble connecting, contact the UVA Help Desk (434-924-HELP).
    • While wired Ethernet outlets are not generally available in individual bedrooms/living rooms, students wishing to connect a wired Ethernet device to the network are encouraged to make use of an Ethernet-to-WiFi adapter. Students with demonstrated need for a wired Ethernet outlet, such as participation in a faculty-sponsored research project, may submit a written request to be reviewed by ITS and Housing and Residence Life by emailing
  • For UVA faculty and staff working in University-owned facilities, virtually all rooms and offices generally have a direct Ethernet network connection. You may also want to check out the UVA More Secure Network—for a complete description of firewalls and applications. If you have trouble connecting or need to have a new or additional wired Ethernet port installed, contact the UVA Help Desk (434-924-HELP) or ask your Local Support Partner (LSP) for assistance.

How to Connect to the UVA Wired Network

Requirements before you begin:

  • An Ethernet cable (What's this?)
  • An active network port (If you think yours is broken or cannot find it, or need to have a new/additional port installed (faculty and staff), contact the UVA Help Desk.)


  1. Plug the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the computer, and plug the other end into the network wall jack.
  2. Be sure the computer’s wireless card is turned off. Common ways to do this:
    • For Windows notebooks there is usually a switch on one side of the machine (often labeled WLAN or WiFi). If not:
      • From the Windows Start Menu select the Control Panel.
      • Click the Network and Internet or Network Connections option in the control panel.
        • For Windows 7: Under the Network and Sharing Center control panel, select View network status and tasks. Click the Connect or disconnect option to pop up a window displaying the current connection status. Use this window to first disconnect from the active network.
      • Close the Network Connections and Control Panel windows when finished.
    • For Mac OS X: The Wi-Fi icon on the menu bar can be used to disable the wireless device.
  3. Open a Web browser and attempt to connect to a non-UVA website that you haven’t visited lately.
  4. The browser will automatically redirect you to the UVA network registration page.
  5. Register the computer by following the directions on the page. The UVA Network Registration tool may automatically harvest your device’s hardware/network/MAC address and prepopulate the form with this information. If it does not: Need to look up your hardware/network/MAC address? | Have other network registration questions?
  6. Reboot your computer.

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