MACINTOSH (APPLE) USERS
Minimum System Requirements
- Processor: 900 MHz
- RAM: 256 MB
- OS: OS 9.0 or X
- CD-ROM Drive
- 10/100 Base-T Ethernet Port
- RJ-45 Ethernet Cable
Wireless (MAC and Windows): A 802.11 a/b/g wireless adapter, or built-in Wifi
Minimum Security Requirements:
McAfee Antivirus 8.0 (University will provide free of charge)
OS should have all applicable security patches Antivirus (recommended)
Operating Systems that do not meet the minimum requirements will not be granted ResNet access.
About your ResNet connection
ResNet is a 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection. This means that you connect to the Internet through a device, located in your computer, which is
specified for this network media type. You do not use your modem!
Fortunately, if you have purchased your Macintosh computer in recent years (PowerMac or later), you most likely have the 10/100Base-T hardware included with your computer. This means that there are only a few software checks and registration for you to complete! This section describes these steps so please read carefully.
How to identify the Ethernet port
Look on the back of your Mac for this symbol MAC Ethernet Symbol <...>. It will mark the Ethernet port (Figure 1 illustrates the back of a G3 tower). This is an RJ-45 jack and has 8 connectors. An iMac will have this port located behind the panel on the right side of the computer, next to the keyboard and USB ports.
Purchase a Twisted Pair Network Cable
As the owner of a Macintosh with a built-in Ethernet interface, the only purchase you need to make is that of a category 5 twisted pair network cable, available from most computer stores. It should have RJ-45 connectors on each end (Figure 2). As for recommended cable length, it depends on the proximity of your computer from the ResNet port in your room. A 25-foot cable will generously accommodate all on-campus rooms. The excess can always be coiled away.
Connecting Your MAC to the Internet
- From the Apple menu, select Control Panels, and then select TCP/IP
- At the top of the TCP/IP window, in the Connect via: field make sure that Ethernet is selected from the pop-up menu
- In the configure field, select using DHCP server from the pop-up menu Close the TCP/IP window
- Click Save