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10. Residence Ethernet

10.0 General Questions

The definitive answers about Residence Ethernet are provided by CCS at this webpage.

10.0.1 Can I connect to EngSoc through Ethernet?

Yes you can if you are in Residence and have purchased an Ethernet access kit from the Carleton Computer Store. More on this in section 10.1.1. You must, of course, have an EngSoc account and a computer running one of the supported operating systems listed in section 10.0.3.

10.0.2 Do I Need a CHAT/Connect/Student Computing Account?

For EngSoc users, the answer is NO. All you need is a valid EngSoc account in order to connect to the internet, check your Email, read newsgroups, etc. You can get an EngSoc account by following the steps listed in section 3.1 of this FAQ.

10.0.3 Which Operating Systems are Supported?

Currently, the only operating systems supported by CCS are probably the different flavours of Windows, though we haven't checked recently. To connect to EngSoc you need an operating system with a web browser and, optionally, an SSH client.

10.0.4 Where can I get help with the Installation?

You can get help through any one of the methods listed in section 1.4 of this FAQ. Email ett@engsoc, help@engsoc, or pester the guys in the EngSoc office, 5324ME.

It is preferable, however, to email residence@engsoc first, as they may be able to help you with your problem without having to bother the very busy EngSoc staff.

10.1 What Do I Need?

10.1.1 Ethernet Access

Ethernet access is provided through CCS (Carleton Computing Services) and is sold as a package at the campus Computer Store (located in Southam Hall).

Depending upon the type of computer you own, and the time of year when you purchase your package, the cost of the package will vary.

10.1.1.1 What does it Cost?

These are old prices for the connection, the hardware, and the installation by "trained professionals".

Not included is the price for PCMCIA/PC Card Ethernet adapters which are necessary for connecting some laptops to the network.

User fee charges:

  • September: $100
  • October: $86
  • November: $72
  • December: $58
  • January: $44
  • February: $30
  • March/April: $16

Installation Costs*: $30

*Note that these costs have nothing to do with EngSoc or CSES. These costs cover the installation of your hardware, software, and the help of a Peer Support Member, provided entirely though CCS.

ISA Ethernet Card: $29 PCI Ethernet Card: $42 20' Ethernet cable: $10

Note that PST and GST apply only to the Ethernet card and cable. Only PST applies to the installation and user fee.

Do not lose your receipt: you will need it later on in the installation.

10.1.2 What Kind of Hardware do I need?

You will need a PCI or ISA Ethernet adpater, an Ethernet cable with RJ45 (10BaseT) jacks, and a computer to put them into. Some computers come with an Ethernet jack built in. Check that before going out and buying a network card.

If you have a notebook (or laptop) computer, you will need to buy a XIRCOM PCMCIA Ethernet Adapter instead of either of the two outlined above.

Installation will be outlined later on in section 10.2.2.

10.1.3 Setup and Installation Disks

For most versions of Windows you will need to have your Windows CD-ROM (or diskettes) on hand.

10.1.4 Accounts

The only account you need to connect to the Internet through EngSoc is a valid EngSoc account. See section 3.1 in this FAQ about getting an EngSoc account. Using the methods outlined in this section, you do not need an account on Connect, Rideau, or any other Carleton server.

10.1.5 Authentication Software

For access to the Internet, Email, and Newsgroups, you don't need any extra authentication software. If you wish to use SSH instead of Telnet, you will need a SSH client, and you will need to set up the encryption methods. SSH setup is outlined in section 10.2.4.4 of this FAQ.

You DO NOT NEED the Chat Authentication Program for setup using the methods outlined n this FAQ.

10.1.6 Internet Browsers and Other Internet Applications

At the time of installation, or when you are setting up your access to Ethernet, you will not need to worry about browsers or other applications. However, it does not matter which type of browser you prefer, as the most popular browsers support all of the functions you need. If disk space allows, choose the latest version of your favourite browser. Netscape Communicator 4.0 and Internet Explorer 4.0 are the most current versions of these popular browsers.

As of the time of this writing, RealAudio, ICQ, Microsoft NetMeeting, and FTP all work without the use of proxy servers. Setting up these programs is discussed in section 10.2.4.

10.2 How Do I Hook It Up?

10.2.1 How do I Enable my Ethernet Port?

You can't enable the Ethernet port in your room. Only the CCS admin can enable your Ethernet Port. They do this remotely upon receipt of the pink copy of your receipt from when you bought your Ethernet connection package. All you can do is wait, and setup your hardware.

10.2.2 How Do I Install the Hardware?

If you are not comfortable with adding hardware to your computer by yourself, you can skip this section and have a "trained professional" do it for you. The people that can help with this are CCS, the Computer Store, your floor's Peer Support Team Member, and any of the EngSoc Technical Support Team. If you are confident in your abilities to add a network card, please continue.

If you have a notebook (or laptop) computer, your installation will be much, much simpler. Simply plug the PCMCIA card into a Type II slot on the side of your machine. Refer to your machine's documentation for further instructions.

To add your network card to a PC, first shut down your computer and disconnect it from your wall outlet. IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO WORK ON A COMPUTER WHILE IT IS PLUGGED IN

Refer to your computer's documentation for further information on installing a PCI or ISA expansion board.

Note that if you have another network card installed, you will have to either disable, remove, or reconfigure it so there are no device conflicts. If you are unsure of whether or not you need to change the configuration, seek help in one of the ways outlined in section 10.0.4.

When your network card is installed, plug one end of the Ethernet Cable (it looks like a phone cable, except the jack is bigger) into the port on the back of your new Ethernet card. Plug the other end into the wall jack that is checked on your receipt from the Ethernet Connection Package.

Plug in your computer and turn it on. If there are no device conflicts, you may continue to set up your Operating System to recognise your Ethernet adapter.

10.2.3 How Do I Configure My Operating System?

The configuration of your operating will vary depending on which operating system you are currently using. Refer to the appropriate section for your operating system. 10.2.3.1 Windows 95 Note that if you have Dial-Up Networking istalled, you will have to disable it while using your Ethernet connection. Do this by going to Control Panel, System, Device Manager, Network Adapters, Dial-Up Networking Adapter, Properties. Clear the check box that says Current Configuration.

Similarly, disable your Ethernet connection (by the same method) when you wish to use Dial-Up networking.

1. At startup, your computer should detect that you have a new device, and will attempt to install the right drivers for it. With the network cards offered by the Computer Store, the automatic configuration by Windows should be correct.

If Windows does not autodetect your new hardware, you will have to add and configure it manually.

To add your new hardware manually, go to the Network applet in Control Panel (accessible from My Computer) and click the "Add..." button. A dialogue will appear, asking you to select the type of component to install. Select "Adapter" and click OK to continue. At the Select Network Adapter screen, select the description which best fits your hardware.

If you bought an ISA Ethernet Card, you will choose D-Link Corporation, D-Link ISA DE220 PnP LAN Adapter. If you bought a PCI Ethernet card, you will select Digital Equipment, PCI Ethernet DECchip 21041 Based Adapter.

Click OK to install your adapter.

2. Now add the required protocols. The only protocol required for the Residence Internet access is TCP/IP. Click the "Add..." button in the Network dialogue.

Choose "Protocol" from the Select Network Component Type dialogue, and click "OK".

Choose Microsoft, TCP/IP and click OK.

From the Network dialogue, click TCP/IP in the list that says, "The following network components are installed...". Click the "Properties" button.

On the IP Address tab, click "Specify an IP Address." In the top box, enter the IP Address which appears on your Ethernet Connection Package receipt. It will be like 134.117.XXX.XXX, where XXX is some number.

In the lower box, the subnet mask, enter 255.255.255.0

Go to the DNS Configuration page, and click "Enable DNS". In the Host box, enter your machine name, which is assigned as carlnet-XX-XXX, where the Xs are the numbers in your IP address.

If your IP is 134.117.90.45, your host name would be carlnet-90-045

In the domain box, enter carleton.ca

In the box below DNS Server Search Order, enter the number 134.117.69.21, and click the "Add" button. Repeat this process for 134.117.69.26 and 134.117.1.1

Click the Gateway tab, and in the New Gateway box, enter the first three numbers of your IP Address, followed by a 1 (one).

For example: Your IP is 134.117.90.76, so you would enter 134.117.90.1 for your gateway.

Click the "Add" button.

Go to the WINS Configuration tab. Click Enable WINS Resolution. In the Primary WINS box, enter 134.117.69.26

Click the OK button.

3. Add the Client for the network. Click "Add" in the Network dialogue and choose Client from the Select Network Component Type dialogue.

From the Choose Client dialogue, choose Microsoft, Client for Microsoft Networks. Click the OK button.

4. Set up your computer's ID on the network. Go to the Identification tab in the Network dialogue.

In the Computer name box, type your EngSoc account login name. In the WorkGroup box, enter the word "EngSoc". Enter whatever you want in the computer description box, or simply leave it blank.

Go to the Configuration tab. From the "Primary Network Logon" list, select Client for Microsoft Networks.

Click the OK button. You will be prompted to insert the Windows 95 CD-ROM (or diskettes). You will then be asked whether or not you want to restart the computer. Remove all diskettes from the drives, and click Yes.

When your computer restarts, you will be prompted to enter a name and password for Microsoft Networking. For the name, enter your EngSoc account login name, and enter your EngSoc password in the Password box. (Note that this is secure, as no one except the server can tell what your password is for Microsoft Networking)

Also note that the latest version of TweakUI can be set to logon for you, automatically at each boot. However, this is a breach of security as outlined in the user agreement, as outlined in section 3.5 about not sharing your password with anyone.

When the computer has finished booting, double-click the Network Neighbourhood icon on the desktop. You should see Entire Network and Lager.

If you can not see Lager, go to the Start Menu, and select Find: Find Computer. Type the name "Lager" and click Find Now.

If you do not see Lager and can not Find it, double-click Entire Network in Network Neighbourhood. If you get the error message, "Unable to browse the network," it probably means your Ethernet port has not been enabled yet. Pester CCS to enable your Ethernet port. If your port is enabled, check that you've plugged the Ethernet cable into the right outlet. If that doesn't fix it, get help in one of the ways outlined in section 1.4 of this FAQ.

10.2.4 How Do I Set Up my Internet Software?

How you set up the software largely depends upon the software you are trying to use. Outlined below are the procedures for setting up some types of software for use with the new Network.

1.2.4.1 Internet Browsers

There are no special settings to configure your browser.

10.2.4.2 Mail Clients

Your mail client information is as follows:

IMAPS Server (Incoming Mail): mail.engsoc.org
SMTP Server (Outgoing Mail): mail.engsoc.org (or your ISP's SMTP server)
If you are in residence, you can use mail.engsoc.org for outgoing mail (SMTP). Otherwise you will have to contact your ISP and use their SMTP server.

  Account Name: your EngSoc login name
  Password:     your EngSoc password

You will also have to enable SSL (secure socket layer) for your incoming mail. For instructions on how to do this, check out: http://www.rhic.bnl.gov/RCF/Services/EmailAccounts/AccessingEmail.html

10.2.4.3 Newsgroups

In order to connect to the newsgroup server on campus, you must use the following procedure.
  • Add the server. The server is news-server.carleton.ca
  • Select "Log on to Server" or the equivalent.
  • Your account name is userid@engsoc, where userid is your Engsoc account login name.
  • Enter your EngSoc account password.

This is the authorisation method outlined by CCS for cennections to the campus news server. Of you have trouble connecting, check these settings, and that you are NOT using the "Connect to Server Using Secure Port" option or its equivalent for your newsgroup client.

10.2.4.4 Telnet and SSH Clients

Telnet is not available. Since it is so insecure, it was replaced by SSH a long time ago.

You can download an SSH client for Windows machines here. Or you can get a Linux SSH client here though if you're running Linux a SSH client probably came with your distribution. Full instructions can be found here. Refer to section 4.3 in this FAQ for more information.

10.2.4.5 Other Internet Software

Other Internet software can be configured using the information given in the above sections, except for those which do not support proxy server configurations. Get in touch with help@engsoc, or ett@engsoc for any help you need with other software.

10.2.4.6 Why do I need a password for the Internet?

The EngSoc web proxy now requires you to enter a password in order to access the cache. This does not apply to anyone within the EngSoc domain. This does apply, however, to those of you in Residence.

The new password-authentication feature is explained by Alex deVries, system administrator for the EngSoc project:

The EngSoc WWW proxy and cache has been modified slightly to beef up security a little.

When using the proxy from within the .engsoc.carleton.ca domain, you will not be prompted for a password. When using it from anywhere else on the Internet (and I mean anywhere, Japan, your ISP, residence ethernet, etc), you will be prompted for a username and password. Use your EngSoc username and password.

There may be an up to 2 hour delay between changing your password on Lager and having it proliferate to the proxy. I'm working on bringing that down to 1 hour...

...You can use the proxy for better access, or access from residence ethernet, by setting your proxy to http-proxy.engsoc.carleton.ca, port 8080.

The changes are required in order to continue to allow residence ethernet users to have access to the WWW, while not allowing EngSoc to be a rebound site for un-authenticated traffic...

...If you have problems, please post them to carleton.engsoc.help. And for people writing documentation, please make not[e] of this change.

-Alex