Connecting to Housing
This article explains how the housing network works, and who to call if you have any questions or problems.

What is Ethernet? 

  • Ethernet (to simplify) is just a faster way to access the Internet.
  • It allows users to plug their computer into a network port, which resembles a telephone plug outlet (see the image below).
  • Ethernet is generally a much faster connection than any wireless or bluetooth connection.
  • The following is an image of an ethernet cable, as well as the wall socket that it should plug into. Note that some ethernet cables and sockets will look slightly different, and some may be a different color than what is in the image.

         

                 



What Computer Hardware/Software Is Required

  • Make sure you are running at least Windows 2000.
  • You must have a network card installed.
  • You will need a network patch cable between your computer and the Ethernet socket (see the image above).


As long as you have a network card installed properly (most new systems usually include this), the ethernet setup should complete automatically. For Ethernet Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7, Linux, or Mac systems, simply plug the patch cable from your computer into the wall or modem. 

 

THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR ON-CAMPUS RESIDENTS ONLY! THIS INCLUDES ALL DORMS AND ON-CAMPUS APARTMENTS.

 

Once you have the cable plugged in...

  1. Open a web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.)
  2. If the Louisiana Tech University Registration page did not automatically open, navigate to latech.edu/netreg. You should see the screen below.

    

     3.   Click the START >> icon next to Users.

     4.   Enter your Tech Username and Password on the following screen. 

     5.   You are now registered with Louisiana Tech's campus netowork!

 

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ISSUES WITH YOUR ETHERNET CONNECTION OR ETHERNET PORT, PLEASE CALL RESIDENTIAL LIFE AT (318)257-4917.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ISSUES WITH LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY NETWORK REGISTRATION OR FOR ANY OTHER TECHNICAL SUPPORT OR COMPUTER RELATED ISSUES, YOU MAY VISIT THE HELPDESK HOME PAGE OR CALL THE HELPDESK AT (318)257-5300.