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Computer Information For Conference Attendees

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Laptops

You are encouraged to bring a laptop with you to MSU. Please be aware that laptop computers have been stolen from offices in our building, so use security precautions.

Connecting to the Network

The campus wired network provides connections using DHCP, however, unregistered computers will not be able to contact off-campus computers. Must of the BPS building's public areas are covered by the MSUnet Wireless network (http://www.wireless.msu.edu/). Many other areas are covered by ad-hoc access points.

Connecting to MSUnet Wireless Guest Network

This is the simplest connection method for use in the Atrium and adjacent classrooms. (You may also find this network in 3rd floor offices, but the signal is weak and performance is likely unacceptable.)

To connect to MSUnet Wireless Guest network:

  • Select wireless network SSID "MSUnet Wireless Guest"
  • Try to load a webpage, for example http://www.msu.edu/
    • You will be redirected to the login page
    • Accept the Terms of Use and press "I Agree" button on webpage (no login ID is required)
  • You can now reach off campus computers

See http://www.wireless.msu.edu/ for more information.

Connecting to MSUnet Wireless Network (Non-Guest)

Using the guest network is easier, see above. The guest and non-guest networks run on the same channels, so there is no performance advantage to using one or the other. If you do hit a firewall limitation, use this connection method.

To connect to MSUnet Wireless network:

  • Select wireless network SSID "MSUnet Wireless"
  • Try to load a webpage, for example http://www.msu.edu/
    • You will be redirected to the login page
    • Enter MSU NetID login/password (Use your host's, a conference shared ID, or contact Tom Rockwell)
  • You can now reach off campus computers

See http://www.wireless.msu.edu/ for more information.

Registering a Network Adapter

To use the wired network and some of the ad-hoc wireless access points, your network adapter needs to be registered. This registration is based on the network adapter's MAC address. Wired and wireless network adapters must be registered individually.

To register:

  • Enable the desired network adapter and get a network address using DHCP
  • Open a web browser to https://dhcp.msu.edu/
    • Enter MSU NetID login/password. (Use your host's, a conference shared ID, or contact Tom Rockwell)
    • Accept the Terms of Use and submit
  • Wait about 2 minutes for registration to complete
  • Restart the network adapter to get a new IP address using DHCP (try rebooting if you are unsure how to do this)

For more detailed instructions see: https://dhcp.msu.edu/help.html

Suggested Connection Method by Room

All wired Ethernet ports in the building function the same, to use them register your computer at https://dhcp.msu.edu/

For Wireless:

Room SSID Note
1400, 1410,1420 MSUnet Wireless Guest No login needed, see above
1400, 1410,1420 bpspa Register wireless adapter at https://dhcp.msu.edu/, see above
Atrium MSUnet Wireless Guest No login needed, see above
3239, 4270 HEP Network WPA password on whiteboard in room BPS 3239

-- TomRockwell - 14 Jun 2007
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