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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.)
- Plug the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the computer, and plug the other end into the network wall jack.
- 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.
- For Windows notebooks there is usually a switch on one side of the machine (often labeled WLAN or WiFi). If not:
- Open a Web browser and attempt to connect to a non-UVA website that you haven’t visited lately.
- The browser will automatically redirect you to the UVA network registration page.
- 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?
- Reboot your computer.