Connecting Your Laptop


Network connections can be found in the library carrels and at the reading tables. Wireless access is available throughout the library. There are hardware requirements and software configuration changes that may be required in order to make a successful connection.

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Wireless Configuration - There are two options for a wireless connection within the Library. UCHC Guest is open to the public and requires no configuration. UCHC WiFi is a secure network requiring configuration and a UCHC username/password.

General Public - UCHC provides UCHC Guest, an open wireless network that requires no configuration. When your laptop finds the UCHC Guest network, simply connect to it and follow the directions and login information that appears. NOTE - with regards to the Library's subscribed e-Resources, UCHC Guest is treated as if you were off-campus. You will need to utilize your Library barcode to access Library resources via Proxy. This is an open unsecured network, NEVER transmit sensitive data, including HIPAA regulated information through UCHC Guest.
Instructions for connecting to UCHC Guest.

Students and Staff - UCHC provides a secure wireless network - UCHC WiFi. Access to this network requires hardware (internal or external wireless card), software configuration and a UCHC network username/password. You will not need to use a library barcode/Proxy to access Library subscribed e-Resources if you use this network. Students and staff can access UCHC WiFi installation instructions for Windows XP and Windows 7 at http://library.uchc.edu/departm/cec/laptop/lapwire.html.

Wired Connection - Wired connection requires an Ethernet network card and a network cable. If you're not sure whether you have an internal or external network card review your laptop specifications and manual. Usually it looks like a phone jack somewhere along the sides or back of your laptop and may have an pyramid shaped image of three connected PCs next to it.

You do not need a UCHC username/password to access the wired network. Plugging in to the network jack should give you access. To check for a connection to a live jack do the following:
  • Turn on your laptop.
  • Insert one end of your network cable into the carrel / library table network jack and the other end into the jack on your laptop. A small light next to the jack on your laptop should glow or blink green to indicate a successful connection. If it doesn't light up at all then that network jack is not working. Select a jack at another carrel / library table.
Please see the Circulation staff to check out a network cable. The bookstore has cables available for purchase. The cable is Category 5 network cable with RJ-45 connectors.


Answers to FAQs
The carrels do not have phone lines.
You will not be able to FTP or Telnet from the carrels.
Connecting to the network does not give you access to the printer in the public area of the Library.
If you do not use your UCHC network login/password, you may not be able to access your Outlook mail from an icon on your desktop. Instead, you can go to a UCHC URL for viewing email on the web, https://itowa.uchc.edu/.




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