Connecting Your Computer to the Thayer Network
Access to the Dartmouth and Thayer School network for internal networking and internet access is restricted primarily to Dartmouth users with a valid Dartmouth account.
If special circumstances require a guest to connect to the Dartmouth wired network please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the user support office in MacLean M126.
Thayer School MacLean, Murdough, and many spaces in Cummings are wired for 1Gbps Ethernet. The remainder of Cummings is wired for 100Mbps with plans for upgrade to 1Gbps as needed.
Connect your computer via a standard Ethernet cable to an available Ethernet jack. The Cisco desktop phones have an extra RJ45 port that you can use for your computer if the only available wall jack is taken by the phone.
The first time you connect your computer you must register your system on the Dartmouth network.
All computers connected to the Dartmouth wired network must be registered to a Dartmouth user via the online registration system.
- Open a web browser. You will be redirected to Dartmouth's Network Registration page.
- Type in a description for the computer your are registering. i.e. "Alan's Macbook" or "Hovercraft Controller PC". This description is for your benefit if you ever need to look up computers you have previously registered. Click the Continue button.
- Type in your Dartmouth username and password and click the LOGIN button.
- Once you have confirmation that the registration was successful, restart your computer.
For more information, visit the Dartmouth Computing Network Registration FAQ.
Network Registration for Devices Without Browsers
If your device doesn't have a browser, you can manually enter the MAC address of the device on this site:
Make sure to enter the MAC address in the following format, despite what the registration page says:
Static IP addresses
If you need a static IP address assigned to your computer or other networked device, please contact us at email@example.com with your request.
Dartmouth maintains three wireless networks:
- Dartmouth Secure for student, faculty, and staff
- Thayer Secure same as Dartmouth Secure but allows proper Thayer School printing from Macs
- Dartmouth Public for guests and visitors
- Dartmouth Public Library (only available while within Dartmouth libraries) for guest access to restricted Library resources
Full information and instructions on connecting your laptop or other wireless device is available on our wireless networking page.
Connecting to Thayer from Off-Campus
Some Thayer and Dartmouth online resources have restricted access from off-campus. These include:
If you need access to these resources from off-campus or a non-Dartmouth network or ISP, you must use Virtual Private Network (VPN) client software.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
VPN software establishes a secure, encrypted connection between your computer and the Dartmouth network and provides your computer with a valid Dartmouth IP address. This allows you to access online resources as if you were physically on campus.
For further information, please see the our VPN page.