Connecting to ResNet HSC: Windows 8

ResNet, USC’s residential network, provides users with network connectivity in residence halls, Leavey Library and some academic buildings.

To gain access to ResNet at the Health Sciences campus, you will need to register your computer on the network and configure your network connection.

Determining Your MAC Address/Physical Address

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

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

  1. Bring up the Windows taskbar and select Search.
  2. In the Search box, type cmd. Press Enter.
  3. At the command prompt, Type getmac -v. Press Enter.
  4. Your MAC address/physical address is listed as the physical address.
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  6. Write this number down. You will need it to register.

Registering Your MAC Address/Physical Address

You can register your MAC address/physical address online using the Dynamic Host Registration webpage. A success message will appear to notify you that your MAC address/physical address has been registered. You may access the form from any computer center on campus.

Configuring Your Network Connection

Follow the steps below to complete the setup:

  1. Bring up the Windows taskbar and select Search.
  2. In the search box, type Control Panel and then click the Control Panel icon.
  3. In the Control Panel, click Network and Sharing Center.
  4. From the left tasks list, select Change Adapter Settings .
  5. Right-click Ethernet and click Properties.
  6. In the This connection uses the following items: box, make sure that Internet Protocol (TCP/IPv4) is the only item checked.
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  8. If Internet Protocol (TCP/IPv4) is not listed, you will need to install it:
    1. On the Ethernet Properties screen, click Install.
    2. Click Protocol then click Add.
    3. Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IPv4).
    4. Click OK.
  9. Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
  10. In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, make certain that Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are selected, and then click the Advanced button.
  11. Click the DNS tab.
  12. Click Append these DNS suffixes (in order). Click Add.
  13. Type Then click Add.
  14. Type Then click Add.
  15. In the DNS suffix for this connection box, type
  16. Uncheck the option marked Register this connection’s addresses in DNS.
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  18. Click the WINS tab.
  19. Make sure that Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP is selected.
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  21. Click OK to close the Advanced TCP/IPv4 Settings window.
  22. Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IPv4) Properties window.
  23. Click Close to close the Ethernet window.

You can now plug your computer into a ResNet jack. In most ResNet wired dorms or apartments there is one phone jack and one ResNet jack per resident. Phone jacks are labeled PHONE and ResNet jacks are labeled NET. Test your connection by opening up an Internet-based application (such as a web browser or an email client).

Getting Help

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