Connecting to USCNet - Windows XP
USCNet, USC's high-speed network, provides users with connectivity in academic and office buildings. Only faculty and staff may register computers (hosts) for use with USCNet.
To connect to USCNet, you will need to determine your MAC address, register your MAC address, and then configure your network connection.
Follow the steps below to determine your MAC address/physical address:
- From the Start menu, select Run.
- In the Run window, type command. Click OK.
- Type ipconfig /all. Hit Enter.
Result: Your MAC address/physical address is listed as the physical address. For example:
Physical address: 00-B0-E8-F7-AC-32
- Write this number down. You will need it to register.
Some computers may have more than one Ethernet card/adapter, usually a wireless as well as a wired Ethernet card. If this is the case, use the MAC address/physical address listed under the Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection (not wireless).
Registering Your MAC Address/Physical Address
You can register your MAC address/physical address online using the Static IP Registration page or Dynamic IP Registration page. If you are uncertain whether you want to register your computer statically or dynamically, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center.
- From the Start menu, select Control Panel then Network Connections.
- Right-click Local Area Connection and click Properties. If you have not yet correctly configured your Ethernet card, you will not see a Local Area Connection icon.
- Make sure that Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is the only item checked.
- If Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is not listed, you will need to install it.
- Click Install.
- From the Select Network Component Type window, click Protocol then Add.
- Under Network Protocol, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Then click OK
You can now plug your computer into an Ethernet jack. Test your connection by opening up an Internet-based application (such as a web browser or an email client). If you have tried to connect before the machine was properly registered, you should unplug your machine from the jack for a few minutes, restart your machine, and try connecting again.
To get help with your USCNet Connection, contact the Customer Support Center at 213-740-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.