Resnet Help Sheets

Getting Connected in Windows XP

This help sheet will provide you with instructions on how to configure Windows XP Home Edition to connect to the Internet from your dorm room. These instructions are based on the assumption that your Ethernet card is already installed. Instructions for installing your Ethernet card should have come with your card upon purchase.

If you need help, please send a help request to Resnet or call ext. 77548 to leave a message. Please provide your full name, phone number, residence hall room number, and a brief description of the problem and a Resnet Technician will assist you in the order in which your request was received.

Configuring Network Settings

If you haven't already done so, connect one end of your category 5 network cable into your Ethernet card and the other end into the data port (marked A or C) on the wall plate in your room. If you plug into the data ports marked B or D it is possible that the data connection will fail because many of these ports have not been activated. Most default installations of Windows XP Home Edition will connect successfully to the Pitzer network without any further configuration. However, if you are unable to attach to the Internet the following steps will assist you in configuring your network settings.

  • 1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel to open it.
  • 2. Under Pick a category, open Network and Internet Connections.
  • 3. Select Network Connections under pick a Control Panel icon.
  • 4. Right-click Local Area Connection and select Properties from the menu. The Local Area Connections dialog box will display (Figure 1).

Figure 1

  • 5. Verify that the following components are installed in the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.
    • Name of your Ethernet Card in the Connect Using box
    • Client for Microsoft Networks
    • Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
  • 6. Within the "This connection uses the following" window highlight Internet Protocol TCP/IP then click the Properties button. The following dialog box appears. Select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically (Figure 2).

Figure 2

7. Finally, click OK in the open dialog boxes to apply the changes.

You are now ready to connect to the Internet. Verify that your settings are correct by starting your browser and try connecting to different web sites.