Connecting to ResNet HSC: Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10), El Capitan (10.11), and MacOS Sierra (10.12)

ResNet, USC’s residential network, provides users with network connectivity in residence halls, Leavey Library and some academic buildings. This document will guide you through the process of setting up your computer to work with USC’s residential network on the Health Sciences Campus.

To gain access to ResNet at the Health Sciences campus, you’ll need to register your computer and configure your network preferences.

Determining Your MAC Address/Ethernet Address

You will need to register the Media Access Control (MAC) address/Ethernet address of your Ethernet card before you will be able to use USCNet. Every Ethernet card has a unique number assigned when it is manufactured.

Follow the steps below to determine your MAC address/Ethernet address:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  2. Click Network.
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  4. Select Ethernet on the left panel, click the Advanced button on the bottom right of the window.
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  6. Select Hardware tab. The MAC Address will appear.
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  8. Write this number down. You will need it to register.

Registering Your MAC Address/Ethernet Address

You can register your MAC address/Ethernet address online using the Dynamic Host Registration form.

Configuring Your Network Preferences

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  2. Click the Network icon.

  3. In the Network window, select your Ethernet card from the left panel.
  4. Under the Configure dropdown menu, select Using DHCP.
  5. Click the Apply button in the lower right-hand corner of the Network Preferences window.
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  7. Close the System Preferences window.

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.

Getting Help

To get help with your ResNet Connection, contact Housing Maintenance at 213-740-4646.