The Catholic University of America

Data Services - Using the Network in your Residence Hall

Your campus residence is equipped with high speed internet access. Most rooms have one data wall jack per room occupant.

Most residence halls are also equipped with wireless networking.

Please note that Curley Court provides wireless networking only, so students residing in Curley Court should be sure that their computer is equipped with wireless networking.

Connecting the Computer Wirelessly

All student residence halls except Seton have wireless networking available (and Seton is coming soon!).Connecting wirelessly is the easiest way to get online.

Nearly all notebook computers and some desktop computers like Apple iMac have wireless networking built in. If your computer doesn't have built in wireless, you can add it by purchasing a USB Wireless-N network adapter.

Windows 7

If your notebook computer has a switch or a software setting to turn the wireless radio on and off, be sure that it is turned on. Or, make sure your USB adapter is plugged in and working.

Click the Start button and select Control Panel. When viewing by category, select Network and Internet and then Connect to a network.

In the resulting window showing which wireless connections are available, select CUA-ResNet. Leave the Connect automatically setting checked if you want your computer to connect to this network automatically when it is available. Click Connect.

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Make sure your computer's Airport is turned on.

Then, choose Apple menu, System Preferences, and then click Network.

Select Airport in the list of network connection services.  Choose CUA-ResNet from the Network Name menu.


The name (SSID) of the CUA wireless network in ResNet is "CUA-ResNet". There are no other university-provided wireless networks in ResNet, so be sure you connect to this specific SSID only from within your residence hall.

Connecting Using the Wall Port

All residence halls except Curley Court have a network wall port for each bed.

Almost all computers have an Ethernet network port built into the computer. The network port is located on the back of desktop machines and on the back or on the side of notebook computers.

You will also need an Ethernet patch cable. This cable can be purchased in the university bookstore or at any computer store. Look for patch cables of type CAT5e or CAT6; either will work fine in your residence hall room.

Follow these steps to connect your computer to the network wall port.

  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Locate the network wall port in your room. This diagram may help.
  3. Insert one end of the network cable into the Ethernet port on your computer.
    It does not matter which end you use; they are both the same.
  4. Insert the other end of the network cable into the network wall port.
  5. Turn on the computer and log on.

CUA Residential Network Registration

Residence halls are protected by the CUA Residential Network Registration (RNR) system. You will need to sign onto the registration to use the network. If your computer is not running up-to-date antivirus software or is not configured to download operating system updates automatically, you will need to fix those problems before you can browse most websites.This will help ensure that your computer is much less vulnerable to viruses and spyware.

Additional Information

Where can I learn more about how to protect my computer from viruses and spyware?

To better protect your computer, please make sure you are following the steps listed in "Safe Computing Practices".

The three most important steps are:

  1. Use up-to-date antivirus software on your computer.
  2. Use a software firewall on your computer.
  3. Configure your computer to download and install updates automatically.

I have an Apple Mac. Do I still need to run antivirus software?

Yes, we require that all PCs and Macs in residence halls run antivirus software. Please see the Network Registration FAQ for additional information, including a list of antivirus products recognized by the registration system.

Can I attach my network enabled video game console to the network?

Yes, network enabled video game consoles such as the Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo Wii may be attached to the campus network. However, please be sure to read the Network Registration FAQ for information about registering game consoles.

Can I attach my digital video recorder to the network?

Yes, a digital video recorder such as a TiVo may be attached to the campus network.

Can I attach my wireless printer to the network?

No, the wireless networking in the residence halls is designed to provide enhanced protection for computers. This protection prevents your computer from communicating with wireless printers. You should instead connect to your printer using a USB cable.

Do I have to set my computer to obtain an IP address automatically?

Yes. The IP addresses available to ResNet are shared among all ResNet residents. In order for the addresses to be shared fairly, everyone must use these same settings. If you do not use this setting, your connection may be disabled until you fix your settings.

Can I use my own network equipment in my room?

No. Only university-owned network equipment may be attached to the campus network, including ResNet, since such equipment can interfere with the normal operation of the network. This means that you may not attach your own routers; switches; hardware firewalls; wireless access points, including Apple AIrport; storage devices such as Apple Time Capsule or Western Digital My World Book; or other network equipment.

Is there other equipment or software that I can't use on the ResNet network?

Yes, the use of Sling Media's Slingbox is not permitted due to its bandwidth requirements. Use of remote access software is not permitted for security reasons.

Can I run my own server in my room?

No. Your computer or other network device must not offer any network services designed to be accessed by others on the network. This includes Internet services such as dns (e.g., named), dhcp, bootp, wins, smtp, pop, imap, http/https (web), nntp, ftp, smb, nfs, telnet.