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Network Registration and Configuration

In general, only University/grant-owned devices are allowed on the wired network in Tate.


If you are a short-term visitor to Physics & Astronomy, please see our Network access for guests page.

To connect any device to the Physics network, you must abide by our network security policy.

Unlike most other buildings on campus, the wired network jacks in Tate Lab, and the Physics-occupied areas of Physics & Nanotechnology are operated by Physics IT rather than the University.

To register a computer for use on the Physics network, follow these steps:

  1. First, find the network hardware (MAC) address of your computer. OIT has some information on how to do this.
  2. Ignore all instructions that don't involve finding your MAC address.
  3. Register your computer for the Physics network using our online Network Registration Tool. Note: Only people registered in the Physics directory can use this tool.

Identifying network jacks

The network jacks in Tate Lab are separate from phone jacks. By default most network jacks are active for use.

Phone and network jacks in Physics/Nanotechnology are shared. Each wallplate generally has 3 jacks in offices, or 4 jacks in labs. OIT always uses the first jack in a wallplate for phone service, although which wallplate will vary between rooms. We are using the following default rule to wire data jacks in PaN:

  • faculty, staff and postdoc offices: second and third jacks in each wall plate, ie AB, AC, AE, AF (and AH, AI, AK, AL if present)
  • graduate student offices: second jack in each wall plate, ie AB AE AH AK AN AQ AT AW
  • labs: By default, second and third jack in each 4-jack wall plate.

Changing your network registrations


All systems in the School of Physics and Astronomy should use DHCP to configure their network address. You should never enter address information into your computer manually.

You can use the network tools to list your currently registered network devices, change or remove them, or add additional ones.

Fixed Network Addresses

If you need a fixed address, you should still register it using the online tool. You might need a static address for a server or other devices such as network printers.

In the registration tool, check the box to request a static address. We will register the hostname and assign an IP address for you. You should still configure your computer to use DHCP; our network will provide the assigned fixed address.

If you have special networking needs, Contact Us.

computing/network/registration.1410377069.txt.gz · Last modified: 2014/09/10 14:24 by nick