Connecting to Your Network Switch

The CWRU wired network is primarily based on fiber optic cabling. Your building has switches to make it easier to connect using standard Ethernet cabling. There is one switch in the room that provides at least six data connections to be shared by all occupants of the room.

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 grey network switch mounted on the wall in your residence hall room. Use the lowest-numbered ports first.

    Network switch

  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.

  • There should be a black power cable connecting the switch to the nearest power outlet.
  • There should be an orange fiber optic cable connecting the switch to the "MM" ports on the nearest faceplate.
  • There should be a power light and a row three other lights on right side the display constantly lit.
  • The remaining fourth light in the row of three should be blinking.
  • If you encounter issues, please call the [U]Tech Help Desk at 216/368-HELP.