Setting DHCP on Windows Computers

To connect your computer to the public computer ports at the bar in the 2nd floor entry area and in the Engineering Student Commons, your must have configured your computer to use DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). DHCP allows your computer to obtain a temporary IP address when  connected to these ports. Using DHCP means that you do not have to register your computer withCSS.

Set DHCP for Windows 7 and Vista; for  Windows XP.

Windows 7

Go to Start | Control Panel and select Network and Sharing Center. Select Local Area Connection (right side of Network and Sharing Center), then Properties. You may need to enter authorizing credentials, as admin rights are required to make a change. Make the selections noted in the the Windows Vista section directly below.

Windows Vista

Go to Start | Network; click on Network and Sharing Center in the Network window, then Manage Network Connections. On the Network Connections window, right lock on Local Area Connection and select Properties from the drop-down menu. In the Local Area Connections Properties window, select Internet Protocol Version 4. Then click Properties (lower right), as highlighted below.


connection settings for LAN

On the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, verify that Obtain an IP Address automatically is selected, as shown below.

interent protocol properties, IP automatically

Windows XP

Go to Start | Control Panel | Network Connections | Local Area Connection and select Properties. Or just highlight Local Area Connection, right click, and select Properties. You'll get the dialogue box shown below.

windows xp lan connection properties box

Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), as shown above, and click Properties. In the resulting dialogue box for Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties, shown below, set Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically.

dhcp IP settings

Click OK. You must restart your computer to have these settings active.