Is there a way to connect to the Internet from my laptop while I am in the libraries (i.e., using wireless or etherjacks)?


All of the University Libraries have wireless Internet available. The University of Minnesota wireless network is the centrally managed Office of Information Technology (OIT) service that provides students, staff, faculty and guests. Wireless setup guides are available.

Many of the larger libraries also have a select number of etherjacks.

Where can I find wireless coverage on campus or in a specific building?

The Office of Information Technology hosts coverage maps indicating where you can access wireless service in different buildings.

Ethernet jacks in Walter Library

Walter Library has ethernet jacks, but not all of them are active. In the Great Hall (2nd floor), look for yellow signs on the walls that indicate which jack is active. On the long study tables in 208 and 206, look for a two letter code above the jacks that indicate which of the four jacks are active.

To connect via ethernet, you will need a standard CAT-5 ethernet cable (available for checkout on the 2nd floor of Walter Library). You will also need to register your computer with the Office of Information Technology.

  1. Determine your network card's MAC address,
    1. Windows Vista, Windows 7
    2. Click on the Start button.
    3. In the Run text box, type cmd. This will open the command window.
    4. At the command prompt, type ipconfig /all.
    5. Copy down the "Physical Address" (aka the MAC address) from the "Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection" section.
    6. Close the command prompt window.
  2. Follow online steps

Support for connecting to U of M networks is provided by the Office of Information Technology.


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