Dorm Net - Steps 1 and 2
Step 1 - Installing the Network card
If your computer came with the network card preinstalled, you may skip steps 1 and 2 and start at step 3. If you do not have a network card, you may purchase one at the SBU bookstore or other computer retailer. The network card will have to be installed to be able to access the network connection that is provided in your dorm room.
Your network card should come with a drivers disk -- keep this disk ready for use in step 2. To physically install the card, the cover of the computer will have to be removed and the card inserted in one of the expansion slots. (Warning: network cards and internal computer components are easily damaged by heat, magnets, static electricity, liquids, food, books falling on them, etc., etc., etc.) Please carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions on installation of this card. If you have problems with installation, contact the manufacturer of the card for assistance. If you do not feel comfortable opening your computer and installing your network card there are students on campus that will install and setup your computer for a fee.
Step 2 - Installing the Network card drivers
You will need to connect your network card to the yellow data jack on the wall. This is done with a cat 5 patch cable. If you do not have a cat 5 patch cable, you can purchase one from the SBU bookstore or other computer retailer. If your computer is Windows 95 /98 or later or a newer Mac OS, the first time the computer is started after the network card is installed the computer will recognize that you have installed a new device and prompt you to assist it in completing the installation of the device. Follow the instructions. If prompted for the drivers of the network card, insert the drivers disk which came with the network card. If your computer needs files from your Windows or Mac setup disk you will have to insert that media or point it to the cab files if they are on your hard drive and continue to follow the instructions.
If your computer is an older Mac OS or Windows 3.x, you will have to start your computer and run the install program on the network card driver disk. Your computer may prompt you for disks from your windows setup. Follow the instruction as they come up on the screen.