Reaching Others University at Buffalo - The State University of New York
Skip to Content

Connecting to the Wired OpenPort with Windows Vista

Configure your Windows Vista computer to connect to the UB Network and the Internet from locations with University Libraries using a wired Ethernet connection.

Getting Started

Once you arrive on campus, you must register your computer, router or gaming console before you can connect to OpenPort:

To use OpenPort, you need:

  • A 10/100/1000 Ethernet port on your computer
  • A category 5 Ethernet cable

Configure Your Windows Vista Computer for OpenPort

  1. Click the Microsoft Start button, then select Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. In the Tasks menu on the left, select Manage network connections.
  4. Right-click on the Local Area Connection icon, then select Properties.
  5. In the Local Area Connection Properties window, click once on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) (making sure that you do not uncheck it), then click Properties.
  6. In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically. Click Advanced.
  7. Select Register this connection's addresses in DNS, then click OK until you return to the Network Connections window.

Connecting to OpenPort

Be sure you have registered and configured your computer (see above) before using OpenPort.

  1. Plug the Ethernet cable into your computer and the OpenPort plug.
  2. From the Control Panel/Network and Sharing center, click on Local Area Connection and check to see that packets are being sent and received.

Did This Page Answer Your Question?

Email, UBITName or phone number