2. What type of cables will I need?
To connect to ResNET, you only need a CAT-5 or CAT-6 ethernet cable (male-to-male) that is no longer than 25-feet. No cross-overs. Staples or Office Depot are good sources for cables.
First, locate the etherport on your computer.
This port is similar to a modem port but slightly larger. If you do not have this port... don't despair, there are other alternatives.
Second, locate the etherport in your dorm room.
This port is located on the wall next to the TV cable in most cases. The data jack will either be orange or blue.
Third, plug your CAT-5 ethernet cable from your cable to the wall.
If your card is inserted correctly, the cables are secure and the network software and drivers are loaded, a light on the PCs etherport will begin to blink.
Launch your IE browser to surf the internet.
Don't have an ethernet port.
... if you have an USB port on your desktop or laptop, you can purchase an USB-to-ethernet converter.
... if you are using a desktop and have an open expansion slot, you can purchase and install an ethernet network 10/100 Mbps card (a.k.a. NIC).
... if you are using a laptop and have an open PCMCIA slot, you can purchase and install a 10/100 Mbps ethernet PC Card.