Student Ethernet

Ethernet is an "always on" connection to the campus network and the internet.


Ethernet adapter
This may be a built-in port, an add-on card, or a USB adapter. If the adapter was not pre-installed, please follow the adapter's included instructions to properly install the adapter and driver software. If you have problems installing your adapter, you must contact the manufacturer, the Technology Support Center at UM-St. Louis cannot support your computer or its hardware.

Ethernet cable
You may use a Category 5, 5e, or 6 cable. This is often called a patch cable. A crossover cable will not work, nor will an ordinary telephone cord.

Each Data port is restricted to a single laptop/desktop device. Once a "device" is connected the data port will remember it and only allow that "device" to connect. For example, You may not take a PC that is in another room and connect it in your room or vice-versa.

Network Access
When you initially connect your computer to the Data Port, You will need to open a browser. This will take you to the registration page that will allow you to register your device.

You will need to enter your SSO ID. If you have not looked up this information, please visit


Step 1: Configure your computer

  1. Windows XP
  2. MacOS X

Step 2: Port Activation University Meadows Residents Or Residential Halls :
Complete the form linked off of You will be contacted when your data port is activated. Once your port is activated, you need to make sure you have network registration. See step 3.

Step 3: Network Registration
Restart your computer. Open a web browser, and go out to a website such as "". If you have preregistered, your access is complete and this website will display. If you are not registered, you will be redirected to a registration page. Follow the online instructions provided.