The Catholic University of America

Using the Network in your Residence Hall Room

Your campus residence is equipped with high speed internet access. All residence halls have wireless networking, and most bedrooms have a wired network wall jack. 

Connecting to the Wired Network

Wired networking using the wall port gives you the fastest connection to the campus network.

Most desktop computers and many notebook computers have an Ethernet network port for wired access. The network port is located on the back of desktop machines and on the back or on the side of notebook computers.

If your computer does not have a network port, you can purchase one at most retail stores or online. An example of what you can purchase can be found here:

You will also need an Ethernet patch cable to connect the computer to the wall port. 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.

Connecting to the Wireless Network

All student residence halls have wireless networking available.

Most 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 network adapter.

Getting Connected

Please visit Using Wireless Networks to learn how to connect to the campus wireless networks.

Internet support articles for getting your device connected

Microsoft Windows 10

Apple macOS

Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Google Android

Google ChromeBook

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 computer. Do I still need to run antivirus software?

Yes, we recommend that Apple macOS computers run antivirus software.

Can I attach my video game console to the network?

Yes, video game consoles such as the Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo Wii may be attached to the campus network. You will get the best performance by using the wired connection in your room.

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. Again, using the wired connection provides the best performance.

Can I attach my wireless printer to the network?

The easiest way to connect your printer to your computer is directly with a USB cable. You can get a USB cable in the Barnes & Noble book store or any "big box" store like Best Buy or Target.

I don't want to use a wired connection. How can I connect my other, non-computer devices to the wireless network?

If you do want to connect your non-computer devices to a campus wireless network, you will need to register the device's network interface hardware ("MAC") address using our Internet Device Registration Form. Please refer to your device's network settings menu interface, documentation or manufacturer's support website to learn how to find its MAC address. Once you are registered, you will receive additional instructions for connecting your device.

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; managed 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.

But there is one exception to this: you can use an unmanaged wired-only switch so that your TV, game console, computer and/or DVR can share a wired port. Here are some models that we recommend:

Vendor Model Description
D-Link DGS-105 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Do not connect a network device that has wireless to your wall port!

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.