Connecting to Your Faceplate

The CWRU wired network is primarily based on fiber optic cabling. The faceplates in your building have been augmented with jacks to make it easier to connect using standard Ethernet cabling. There is one faceplate in the room that provides at least one data connections for each occupant.

You will need an Ethernet patch cable to connect your computer to the network. These cables are available at many retailers, including discount stores, electronics stores, office supply stores, and many online vendors. A minimum of a "Cat5" cable is required.

  1. Locate the network port on your computer; it looks like a phone jack, but wider:

    sample desktop network port sample laptop network port

    If you cannot find your computer's network port, consult your computer's user manual. Some older or cheaper computers do not have a built-in network connection, in which case you will have to buy a network card for your computer. Look for one labeled "10/100/1000" or "gigabit" to take full advantage of the high-speed network. Like network cables, these are available from a variety of vendors.

  2. Connect one end of the network cable to the network port on your computer.

    sample desktop network port with cable sample laptop network port with cable

  3. Connect the other end of the network cable to the network port on the side of your faceplate (labeled C in the image below). The port may be on either side of thate faceplate and may protrude (pictures) or may be flush-mounted on the side of the faceplate.

    addon to faceplate for network

  4. Open your Internet browser and browse to to register your computer to use the Case network.

  5. After you have registered your computer, it can take up to an hour to process your network registration.

  • If you encounter issues, please call the [U]Tech Help Desk at 216/368-HELP.