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Connecting to the Wired OpenPort network with Mac OS X

Configure your Mac OS X (10.6, 10.7 & 10.8) computer to connect to the UB Network and the Internet from locations with University Libraries using a wired Ethernet connection.

Getting Started

When 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 Ethernet port on your computer
  • A category 5 Ethernet cable

Configure Your Mac OS X Computer for OpenPort

Set up Network Preferences:

  1. Select System Preferences from the Dock and open Network.
  2. Click Location
  3. Select location as follows:
    • If you are using a newer version of Mac OS X, select Edit Locations, then click +.
    • If using an older version of Mac OS X, select New Location from the pull-down menu.
  4. Enter OpenPort into the Name your new location field. Click Done.
  5. Select Ethernet from the left column list.

Configuring the TCP/IP Stack:

  1. From the Network Preference window, click on Advanced.
  2. Select the TCP/IP tab.
  3. Click Configure IPv4. Select Using DHCP from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select the DNS tab
  5. Click once in the Search Domains text box, and remove any information already present.
  6. Enter the following domain names using + in the Search Domains text box:
  7. Enter the following DNS Servers using + under the DNS Servers text box:
  8. Click OK to closed the Advanced window.
  9. Click Apply to save your changes.

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 Apple Menu, select location OpenPort; you should receive a status of Connected within a few seconds.

Still need help?

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