Connecting to USCNet: Windows 8 and Windows 10

USCNet, USC’s high-speed network, provides users with connectivity in academic and office buildings. Only USC faculty and staff members may register computers (hosts) for use with USCNet.

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/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 USCNet. Every Ethernet card has a unique number assigned when it is manufactured.

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

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard and type cmd in the Search box.
  2. In the Command Prompt window, Type getmac -v. Press Enter.
  3. Your MAC address/physical address is listed as the physical address.
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  5. Write this number down. You will need it to register.

Some computers may have more than one Ethernet card/adapter, usually a wireless as well as a wired Ethernet card. If this is the case, use the MAC address/physical address listed under the Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection (not wireless).

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 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. Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
  9. 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.
  10. Click the DNS tab.
  11. Click Append these DNS suffixes (in order). Click Add.
  12. Type usc.edu. Then click Add.
  13. Type hsc.usc.edu. Then click Add.
  14. In the DNS suffix for this connection box, type usc.edu.
  15. Uncheck the option marked Register this connection’s addresses in DNS.
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  17. Click the WINS tab.
  18. Make sure that Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP is selected.
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  20. Click OK to close the Advanced TCP/IPv4 Settings window.
  21. Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IPv4) Properties window.
  22. Click Close to close the Ethernet 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).

Getting Help

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