IP Configuration for Windows

  • Configuring a PC for the Internet (in the Earth and Marine Sciences building), including browsing the web, sending/receiving email, SSH and FTP/SFTP access, among other things, is a simple matter.

Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME

  • If you have Windows 95, 98, or ME, simply click on the "Start" menu on the taskbar, then click "Settings" -> "Control Panel". Once in the Control Panel, click on "Network Settings".

  • In the following window, you should see 3 tabs accross the top of the window: "Configuration," "Identification," and "Access"Control". Make sure the "Configuration" tab is selected. Scroll down the list of network components until you see "TCP/IP". Click "TCP/IP" and then click "Properties". In the following window, make sure the "IP Address" tab is selected at the top of the window. Click "Obtain an IP Address Automatically".

  • Under the "WINS Configuration," "DNS Configuration," and "Gateway" tabs, make sure that there are no numbers or addresses in any of the fields. This information is automatically obtained from the network.

  • Click "OK" at the bottom of the window. You will be asked if you want to reboot your computer now or later, select "Reboot Now". Your computer will reboot, and when it is finished booting you should be able to browse the web or use any other internet function you need.

Windows 2000

  • If you are using Windows 2000, the process is similar. Click on the "Start" menu on the taskbar, then click "Settings" -> "Network and Dial-Up Connections". In the window that comes up after that one, double click on "Local Area Connection". In the following window, click "Properties", which will launch the Local Area Connection properties window. Highlight "TCP/IP" and click "Properties". In the "TCP/IP Properties" window, make sure "Obtain an IP Address Automatically" and "Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically" are checked. Click "OK" several times until all the windows are closed. Reboot your computer. All your internet services should now be functional.

Windows XP

  • If you are using Windows XP, click on the "Start" menu, then select "Control Panel". In the Control Panel, select "Network and Internet Connections". Near the bottom of the next window, click the "Network Connections" icon.

  • In the following window, double click "Local Area Connection". In the following window, click the "Properties" button. In the properties window, click "Internet Protocol(TCP/IP)" one time, then click "Properties" below it to enter the TCP/IP properties window. In the TCP/IP properties window, make sure "Obtain an IP address automatically" is selected, and also make sure "Obtain DNS server address automatically" is selected. If you notice any proxy server settings are in place, clear them out, as they are of no use on our network, and may cause problems with your network connectivity.

  • Click "OK" on all the open windows to close them. You should now have access to the web and other internet based services.