- First: Make sure the network cord fits snug in the wall jack and in the network card itself.
- Second: With your computer on and cord plugged in, check to make sure a green light is lit up on the back of the network card. If you do not see a green light, try switching the cord with a new one.
- Third: Make sure the network card has correct drivers loaded. If you do not know how to check your drivers, consult our web page on using the Device Manager
Configuring Your Network Settings
1. For users who are using the default view:
Click the Start button and go to Control Panel.
From the Control Panel, under Pick a catergory, click Network and Internet Connections.
From the Network and Internet Connections window, under "or pick a Control Panel icon," click Network Connections
2. For users who are using the classic view:
From Start, go to Settings, then Control Panel.
From the Control Panel, double click Network Connections icon.
Look at your Network Connections window.
If you do not have a Local Area Connection installed, click the icon for Create a new connection under Network Tasks.
1. Click on Start and highlight All Programs. Scroll up to Accessories, scroll over to Communications, and click on the New Connection Wizard.
2. This window is the New Connection Wizard. This wizard will help guide you in creating a new Ethernet connection. Click Next to proceed.
3. This window allows you to select the network connection type. By default, Connect to the Internet is already chosen for you. Click Next to proceed.
4. This window allows you to select how you would like to connect to the Internet. Click the second radio button located to the left of Set up my connection manually and click Next.
5. This window allows you to choose how your computer will physically connect to the Internet. Since you are configuring your computer for a dorm network, click Connect using a broadband connection that is always on and click Next
6. Click Finish, this will create your connection.
7. Now with your connection created, you must make sure all the settings are correct. Begin by clicking on Start and highlight All Programs. Scroll up to Accessories and scroll over to Communications and click on Network Connections .