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How to Configure a Windows 95 & 98 Computer from a Public Network Access Point (incl Student Villages) This document describes the procedure to configure a PC (Windows 95 or 98) (XP/2000 instructions are available here) to enable connection to the computer Network from either a public network access point or student villages. Public network access points are located in the Library and Information Systems Building (LISB). Through the public network access points you gain access to the services defined in this document. Your PC must support a network connection. Most PCs now have this connection on the main board of the PC, however with older PCs it will be necessary to purchase and install a network card, this must be installed before proceeding with these instructions and should have been done by the retailer from where you purchased the PC. You will need the Windows installation CD as well for copying important system files on to your computer. Please note that some differences exist between connecting via a public network point and from the student villages. These differences will be indicated with italic font.

Step One: - Configuring the Network Card - Windows After you have switched on the PC you will see an icon for the Network Neighbourhood (the icons may not be the same as shown but the writing generally does not change) – right mouse click on it.

Click on the Properties option on the pop-up menu. This brings up the Network Properties dialogue box. Alternately, you can click on the Start menu and select Settings / Control Panels / Network. This will also display the dialogue box.

Upon opening the dialog box you will see the installed network components. Depending on what is installed on your PC you may need to add some components – this section will now go through the steps in checking and adding essential network components to connect to the UL network.


Network Properties Box Three Network Components should be displayed •

Client for Microsoft Networks

Network Card Adapter (name varies by card)

TCP/IP Protocol

The next section will guide you through adding any of the three components listed above that may not be installed on your PC. If you have other listed - you should remove them.

Adding the Components Adding a Protocol (TCP/IP) If you are missing the TCP/IP protocol (i.e. TCP/IP is not displayed in the installed network components box), then click on the Add… button shown in the previous image. When you click on this you will be presented with the Select Network Component Type box. Click on the Protocol option and click on the Add… button (alternatively, double click on Protocol) and proceed to the next step.


Step Two: - Identify your PC to the Network – Windows You now have to configure TCP/IP so that it will function correctly with the network. •

Double click on the TCP/IP option

Ensure that Microsoft for Networks is set here (public network access point instruction).

Ensure that Microsoft Logon is set as the Primary Network Logon (student village instructions).

The TCP/IP properties window will appear (image to right) •

Click on the IP Address tab at the top of the TCP/IP window

Tick the Obtain an IP Address Automatically option

The next and final stage is the DNS configuration - click on the DNS Configuration tab at the top of screen.


Click on Disable DNS option

The final step is to set up the WINS Configuration (student villages only) •

Click on the WINS configuration tab at the top of the window.

Click on the Use DHCP for WINS Resolution option at the bottom of the window.

Click on OK to finish and return back to the Network Properties box.

You now need to name your computer. •

Click on the Identification tab

Three fields must be filled in this final step: •

Computer Name: Give your ID number

Workgroup: This has to be Undergraduate

Computer Description: general information on your computer.

Click on OK to finish.


Step Three - Obtaining your Network Adaptor Address You will need to obtain the network adaptor address of your computer and send this address to ITD via your Village Warden or via the Library Service Point to enable it to be registered for use on the network. To get the Adapter address, click the Start button at the bottom of the screen, then click on Run, and then type winipcfg in the space provided and press enter, the address required is that given under Adapter Address and will normally start with 00. If the address given starts with 44 or 45 then this is the wrong card and you must select the correct network card in the top box by using the pull down menu (shown in next image).

If the Adapter Address does not start with 00 then the

information given is of the

wrong card and by using the pull down button on the top line the correct card can be chosen. Note: Your IP Address will differ from the one shown across. Click OK to finish.

Step Four - Setting up your University e-mail Account Email Accounts are available to Staff and Students of the University only.


To set up your e-mail account start Outlook 2000 and XP (villages)


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Click on the Tools button on the menu bar and then select the Accounts option as shown across

The next screen, as shown across, shows all existing accounts on the machine. Click the Add button to the top right of the screen and select the option to add a new mail account

The wizard that follows will require you to enter basic information about yourself and about your e-mail account. You will be asked to supply your name on the first screen, and then click Next. On the next screen you will select that you already have an e-mail account and then you will enter your university e-mail address ( and click Next.


The next screen requires information regarding the E-mail Server that will be used. There are a number of different servers in use by the university. The three used by undergraduate students are, and The Incoming mail server is an IMAP server and this information should be entered as shown across Note: If your account will not work after this procedure is finished then perhaps you have chosen the incorrect server and you should return to this point and enter the other server name in the spaces provided.

The next screen will ask you to supply your Account name and your Password. Your account name is your Student ID number and your Password is the same password as you use to log onto the computers in the University Computer Labs. Tick the remember password button and then click the Next button to proceed. All that is left to do then is to click the Finish button on the next screen. This will return you to the Internet Accounts screen as shown on the previous page. Click on the Mail tab at the top of the screen and select the mail account you have just setup (named after the server). Click the Properties button to the right to view or edit the properties of this account. It looks like the screen shown below.


Click the Server tab across the top and tick the My server requires authentication button at the bottom. Click the Connection tab across the top next. Tick the Always connect to this account using button and choose Local Area Network from the list of choices. Finally click the Advanced tab across the top. Finally click the Apply and then the OK button to return to the Internet Accounts screen. Click Close. Back in the main program screen press the Send/Receive button to check for any new mail.

Configuring Internet Explorer for Internet Access All staff, students and guests connecting to a public network access point gain access to the Internet via a University proxy server. To configure Internet Explorer click on Tools and then Internet Options


Then click LAN settings and give the values below:


In the Proxy Server section at the bottom of the window tick the Use a proxy server button.

Enter as the Address and 8080 as the Port.

Click OK to finish.

Note: every time you use the Internet Explorer from here you will be required to supply your Logon name (Student Number) and Password (same as in the University) to gain access to the Internet.

Updated 08/11/2004


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