University Technology

Connecting Wired Devices in the Residence Halls (ResNet)

The Western Illinois University residence halls provide both wireless and wired Internet access through ResNet (Residence Hall Network). While the wireless network works well for phones, tablets, and other portable devices, for reliability reasons, uTech recommends that students connect as many of their devices to the wired network as possible, including desktop computers, smart TVs, and gaming consoles. (Not all devices—including phones and tablets—have the ability to connect to the wired network.)

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Pre-connection Checklist

  • Device with wired capability (100BaseT networking & Ethernet) (example image)
  • Cat 5 Ethernet cable with RJ45 connectors (standard cable) (example image)

If you want to connect two or more wired devices in a residence hall room, you will also need

    • an Ethernet switch (not a hub and not a router) with enough ports to accommodate the number of wired devices to connect (example image)
    • additional cat 5 Ethernet cables (one to connect the switch to the Ethernet wall port and one for each device that you connect to the switch) (example image)

Process

  1. Locate the red network wall port in your room. (Use the black port to connect wired phones.)
  2. Plug one end of a cat 5 Ethernet cable into the red network wall port.
    • If you have one wired device, plug the other end of the cat 5 Ethernet cable into the device.
    • If you have more than one wired device…,
      • plug the other end of the cat 5 Ethernet cable into the Ethernet switch
      • connect each wired device to the Ethernet switch with an additional cat 5 Ethernet cable

Connecting One Device

Connecting One Computer.

Connecting Two (or More) Devices

Residence hall rooms have only one red network wall port.

If you want to connect two or more wired devices in a residence hall room, you will need

    • an Ethernet switch with enough ports to accommodate the number of wired devices to connect (example image)
    • additional cat 5 Ethernet cables (one to connect the switch to the Ethernet wall port and one for each device that you connect to the switch) (example image)

Plug one end of a cat 5 Ethernet cable into the red network wall port.

  • plug the other end of the cat 5 Ethernet cable into the Ethernet switch
  • connect each wired device to the Ethernet switch with an additional cat 5 Ethernet cable
Multi computer Ethernet connection diagram