Wired-Computing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Connecting to the Wired Network

Complete the steps below to connect to the wired network.

Fairfax, Neville, Webster Hall -Refer to Housing and Dining Services to connect with Comcast Broadband Service.

1. Activate Your Data Outlet

To conserve energy and ensure accurate ownership information, data outlets are deactivated when not in use. Follow these instructions to request a data outlet activation using the activation tool at cando.net.cmu.edu. To use CANDO from off campus, a VPN connection is required. IMPORTANT: Outlet activation may take up to two business days.

2. Connect the Ethernet Cable

Once the outlet is active, connect your Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port in your computer; on the other end connect the Ethernet cable into the data outlet.

RESIDENCE HALLS: Check the Residence Hall Connection Types page to determine if you need a pass-through; see image.

3. Register

Register your computer using NETREG. Allow 30 minutes for the registration to take effect.

NOTE: Residence Halls outlet registrations are purged bi-annually.

For Departmental IT Support Staff and Student Organizations

Computer and Outlet Registration


When you connect to the Carnegie Mellon wireless network, you acknowledge that you have read, understand and consent to abide by the Carnegie Mellon Computing Policy and Computing Guidelines. Failure to do so may result in revocation of your network privileges.

Simultaneous Wired and Wireless Connections
Do not use simultaneous connections.  For more information refer to the Network Bridging Guidelines.

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