Computing & Communications Center
Network Operations

Getting Started for Faculty and Staff

So you want a network connection... You came to the right place. This guide will help you get all the pieces in place so that you can get on the WPI network with minimum of fuss.

What You Need

WPI provides networking services to faculty and staff on campus. There are a few things that you need to complete in order to get a computer on WPI's network.

  1. You must register the network card to obtain an IP address.
  2. You must request network outlet activation.
  3. Your department must pay any activation fees that are required.

How to Get Connected

Wired Network Connections in Offices & Labs

Faculty and staff on any campus requiring a network connection for a permanent (non-portable) computer will need to register the computer for the building in which it resides, request a network outlet activation, and submit an account number to Network Operations for the activation fee.

Registering a computer for use on the Academic Network

To register a new computer for connecting to the WPI Network in your office or lab, you will need to get the Hardware MAC Address from your wired Ethernet card (see Finding your Hardware MAC Address if you need help) and then register this Hardware MAC Address on the Network Registration page.

  1. Find your Ethernet card's Hardware MAC Address.
  2. Go to the Network Registration page.
  3. Log in with your CCC Unix login name and password if you are not already authenticated with Pubcookie.
  4. Click [Register New Machine].
  5. Select "Building: Range" from the IP Range list, where Building is the name of the building where you intend to use the system, and Range is the name of the department, organization, or other designation that most closely matches the intended use of the system and click Continue.
    Note: A computer registered in a building other than the one in which it is residing will not work on the network.
    For laptops and other portable devices, select "Portable: Mobile Wired Systems" from the IP Range list and click Continue. You will be able to plug this device into any available active outlet in any Academic or Administrative building. Desktop computers and other non-portable devices are not to be registered as portable.
  6. Choose and fill in a Hostname for the system, or leave this field blank to allow NetReg to assign one automatically.
  7. Enter the Hardware MAC Address you found above.
  8. Select the computer's Operating System from the list.
  9. For your own record keeping purposes, you may enter the Model and Serial Number of the system.
  10. Select the correct Affiliation for the system. Normally, this is the department or organization that owns the system, or "Privately Owned Machines" for personal systems. This allows the IT administrator of the chosen department or organization to view and edit this record in NetReg.
  11. Click the Continue button.
  12. After submitting changes, you must wait 30 minutes before they take effect.

You MUST configure your system to use DHCP to obtain its IP address. Using BOOTP or entering an IP address manually is not allowed and will not work.

If you need to change any information at a later date, simply visit the Network Registration page and click on the Hostname of the system you wish to modify. Change what you need to change and submit the form.

Note: Any changes you make do not take effect until approximately 30 minutes after the form is submitted. Connecting a computer prematurely will cause network difficulties.

Activating a network outlet
Now that your computer is registered you will need a place to plug it in. Choose an available network outlet in the room and note the number on the wall plate and the color of the jack. The network jacks are red, white, and blue. Grey jacks are telephone outlets. Contact netops@wpi.edu with this information and the WPI account number to which you wish to charge the activation fee. There is currently a one-time outlet activation fee of $200. In some cases, such as a computer being moved between rooms or a department having a surplus of drops purchased, there may not be a charge. Network Operations will contact you either in person or by email to let you know when the drop is active.

Wireless Network Access

Faculty and staff who wish to use laptops or portable devices on the Wireless Network need to register separately for this service. There is no fee for wireless registration. It is recommended, however, that all devices maintain a registration for wired access to the network, if possible, in addition to a wireless registration, since the wireless network is provided for convenience only and will never have the same speed, availability, or reliability as a wired connection.

Registering a computer for use on the Wireless Network

To register your laptop or portable device for Wireless Network access you will need to get the Hardware MAC address from your wireless card (see Finding your Hardware MAC Address if you need help) and then register this Hardware MAC Address on the Network Registration page. After registration, you must configure the wireless card to connect to the WPI Wireless Network. See Wireless Networking Configuration Directions for instructions.

  1. Find your Wireless card's Hardware MAC Address.
  2. Go to the Network Registration page.
  3. Log in with your CCC Unix login name and password if you are not already authenticated with Pubcookie.
  4. Click [Register New Machine].
  5. Select "Wireless: Mobile Wireless Systems" from the IP Range list and click Continue.
  6. Choose and fill in a Hostname for the system, or leave this field blank to allow NetReg to assign one automatically.
  7. Enter the Hardware MAC Address you found above.
  8. Select the computer's Operating System from the list.
  9. For your own record keeping purposes, you may enter the Model and Serial Number of the system.
  10. Select the correct Affiliation for the system. Normally, this is the department or organization that owns the system, or "Privately Owned Machines" for personal systems. This allows the IT administrator of the chosen department or organization to view and edit this record in NetReg.
  11. Click the Continue button.
  12. After submitting changes, you must wait 30 minutes before they take effect.
  13. See Wireless Networking Configuration Directions to complete the configuration of your wireless card.

You MUST configure your system to use DHCP to obtain its IP address. Using BOOTP or entering an IP address manually is not allowed and will not work.

If you need to change any information at a later date, simply visit the Network Registration page and click on the Hostname of the system you wish to modify. Change what you need to change and submit the form.

Note: Any changes you make do not take effect until approximately 30 minutes after the form is submitted. Connecting a computer prematurely will cause network difficulties.

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