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Network Access

IMPORTANT: Get an Ethernet card installed before you come to Endicott!

Important Information New Student Network Instructions
Getting on the Network Connecting to the Internet from your room
Advantages of an Ethernet Connection Network Access Set-up Directions (Windows XP/Vista)
Installation Network Access Set-up Directions (MacIntosh - OS X)
Types of Ethernet Cards
When to Connect to the Network
How to Connect to the Network All Students - Email Access
How to Get Help To access your Endicott web-based email account, go to:
Bring All of Your Documentation and Software

Getting on the Network

If you plan to bring a computer to campus, get an Ethernet card. Don't make the mistake of thinking that you'll use the PC Labs instead.

If you live in the Residence halls, you have your own private network connection that runs at speeds between 10mbps and 100mbps. In the future all data jacks will provide 100mbps Campus network access.

Get your Ethernet card installed BEFORE you come to Endicott! Don't forget the CAT-5 network patch cable also.

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Advantages of an Ethernet Connection

If you live on campus, and have an Ethernet card in your computer, you'll have the following advantages:

  • A connection to the Internet at speeds that are hundreds of times faster than the fastest modems available. Connections to campus resources are planned for the future.
  • A dedicated network connection that is always available for your use. You can surf the Internet or check your web-based Endicott email account.
  • An instant connection to the network.
  • No need to stand in line during busy periods waiting to use a lab machine
  • Unlimited connection time
  • The network connection is one of the services that are included in your Technology fee at Endicott - take advantage of it!

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If you are buying a new computer, get it with an Ethernet card already installed. If you already have a computer, you will save time and avoid inconvenience if you get the card installed BEFORE you come to campus.

If you arrive with an Ethernet card already installed, connecting to the network will be a simple process of plugging in a cable to the data jack in your room and and configuring your PC for Endicott Network access. To configure your PC for Endicott Network access follow the Network Access Instructions.

If you wait until you arrive in Endicott, you will have to find a vendor with the correct Ethernet card in stock, transport your computer to the store, then return to the store to pick up the computer when the installation is completed. And if there are problems with the card, you may have to go back and repeat the process again.

The Information Technology Staff and the Computer Assistants at the Residence halls will NOT install an Ethernet card into your computer. If you buy one but don't have it installed, you will have to install it yourself, or find a vendor that will - another potential delay, expense, and inconvenience.

Because Ethernet cards are not any cheaper in the Beverly area than elsewhere, there is no advantage in waiting. Why delay your ability to easily check your email and get to class information and assignments? Don't add one more task to the hectic start of the semester.

Get your Ethernet card installed BEFORE you come to Endicott.

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Ethernet Cards

The best option is to purchase a computer with the Ethernet card already installed by the manufacturer. This way you can be certain that everything will function properly and is covered by a single warranty. Many systems come with built-in Ethernet adapters - make sure you don't already have one before going out and purchasing one.

Ethernet Card and RJ45 Cable: If you'll be living on-campus, you'll need an Ethernet card to connect to the network. Models and prices for Ethernet cards (or adapters) vary widely. Just make sure that whatever brand you purchase, it is an Ethernet 10/100 with an RJ45 connector. You can purchase Ethernet cards at CompUSA, Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples, and other consumer Electronics stores.

For Windows systems we recommend the 3Com, Netgear, Linksys, or Intel family of Ethernet cards as being most compatible and easiest to install. You will need an Ethernet card for one of the following; an ISA slot (older PCs); a PCI slot (newer PCs); a PCMCIA card (laptops). Check your system documentation to determine what kind you need. Make sure that your system does not already have a built-in Ethernet.

All Macintosh computers, except MacBookAir, have built-in 10/100Base-T or better Ethernet. MacBookAir will require a USB to Ethernet adapter Check your documentation for specifics about your particular model.

RJ45 Cable - You'll need a Cat5 cable with RJ45 connectors. Do not buy the flat Cat5 cables, they will not work. If you buy a Cat5 cable before coming to school, it might be wise to buy a 25 ft. cable. Based on your room set up, that should be the longest length cable that anyone needs to reach a data jack. Cat5 cables can be purchased at the Endicott bookstore or any of the major consumer Electronics stores.

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When to Connect to the Network

The best time to get connected is during move-in. During this period there is help and support should you encounter any problems. If you need a Computing Assistant to come to your room, it will happen promptly and your problem will be solved quickly.

If you wait until after the first week of classes or later, you will be competing for service with hundreds of other students who have a variety of support issues. You will likely have to wait much longer for a Computing Assistant to come to your room, and it will be more difficult to schedule a time when both you and the Computing Assistant are available. You will also be needlessly delaying your ability to check your email and get to class information and assignments from the comfort of your room.

DON'T WAIT! Get connected BEFORE classes start!

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How to Connect to the Network

If you have installed an Ethernet card and have configured your PC for Endicott Network access, all you will need to do is to connect your PC to one of the data jack connections on the wall in your room. You will need a Cat5 (Category 5) patch cable with an RJ45 connector to connect from the Ethernet card jack to the Data jack.

To configure your PC for Endicott Network access simply follow the Network Access Instructions.

If you haven't installed an Ethernet card, then you will have to go through that process first. The I.T. Staff and Computing Assistants will not install this card for you. You will have to do it yourself or take it to a computer service center somewhere to have it done.

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How to Get Help

You will be able to get help from several different sources; your RAs and RDs, directions on the back of your room doors, detailed setup instructions in residence hall common areas, the Information Technology Help Desk Hot line (x2072), email support ( the PC Labs Help Desks (In both the Library and Art Center), our new on-line support web pages, Residence Hall Computer Assistants, and walk-in support in the Information Technology Department.

If this web page doesn't answer your question, You can also drop us a line via email at, or call us Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at (978) 232-2072.

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TIP: Bring all your documentation and software

Don't forget to bring all of your computer documentation and software with you, especially any that comes with your Ethernet card. If you have a problem getting on the network, the Computing Assistant will need to know exactly what kind of Ethernet card is in the computer and will need the software that came with the card in order to get it working properly.

Don't forget your operating system disks also (Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X, etc.). If you have a problem and need to re-install something, most likely you will need the system disks. If you have a PC that you purchased from a vendor with the Operating System already installed and did not receive any system disks, you need to request them from the vendor. In some cases all of the system software is on a "Recovery Disk" that is provided with the PC - make sure you bring those.

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