Connecting to USCNet: Mac OS X

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. The instructions below will work with Mac OS X Lion (10.7) through Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11)

To connect to USCNet, you will need to determine your MAC address, register your MAC address, and then configure your network connection.

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/Physical Address

You can register your MAC address/physical address online using the Static IP Registration page or Dynamic IP Registration page.

Should I register my device as static or dynamic?

Static registration is best for desktop computers that are intended to remain stationary. Dynamic registration is best for laptops or mobile devices that are intended to connect at different buildings.

NOTE: If you tried to connect to the network before your computer was properly registered, you should unplug your computer from the jack for a few minutes, restart your computer, and try connecting again.

Configuring Your Network Preferences

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

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  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 computer was properly registered, you should unplug your computer from the jack for a few minutes, restart your computer, and try connecting again.

Getting Help

To get help with your USCNet connection, contact the ITS Customer Support Center.