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In order to connect to the University's network you'll need the following:


Your own computer

You'll need your own desktop or notebook computer. In order to be fully supported, your PC should be capable of running Windows 7 SP1 or later. Limited support is available for Windows 8, whilst Windows 10 is fully supported. Whilst you're welcome to use something else, we do not provide support for older computers, other versions of Windows (particularly XP and Vista), Linux, FreeBSD, Apple Macs, smart phones & tablets, etc — if you chose to use them you must be prepared to support yourself.
network card

A network card

This is sometimes known as an Ethernet card, a LAN adapter, a local area connection, or a NIC. Most newer computers (particularly notebooks) already have a network card built in, but if you need one you can buy one from any of the local computer stores. If you're looking to use our wireless network, your wireless network card should support WiFi (802.11 a,b,g or n) and WPA2. Please note that a network card is not the same thing as a modem.

Note that residences now have a mixture of wired and wireless connections, and some residences have only wireless available. Please make sure you know what's in your particular residence before purchasing.

patch cord

A network patch cord

If you intend to use the wired network points in most residences, you will need a network patch cord (also known as a flylead, patch cable/lead, or network cable). The network patch cord is the cable that connects the network card in your computer to a network point on the wall. If you don't already have one of these you can buy one at registration or from the Information Technology Division in Struben building.  If you're bringing your own patch cord, it should be a straight-through Category 5a UTP cable with two RJ45 plugs on it. Note that, whilst they look similar, network patch cords are not the same a modem or telephone cable.
antivirus software

Anti-virus software

Anti-virus software tries to prevent malicious programs from taking control of your computer. It is a requirement of the Student Networking service that you make use of this sort of protection. You can either buy your own anti-virus software or make use of freely available alternatives such as Microsoft Security Essentals or AVG. More information about this is supplied during the sign-up process.

Last Modified: Tue, 22 May 2018 09:52:09 SAST