This document explains questions you may have about Internet connectivity in the residence halls at Blackburn College, and assumes that you own an IBM PC compatible computer. Users of Macintosh or other types of computers may also be able to connect, if they have the available Ethernet connection and Internet software.
Q: Will you be coming to my dorm room to hook up my computer?
A: The College provides each student with a connecting point which we guarantee to work. It is up to the individual student to connect their computer to the Internet. If you have trouble doing this, or do not feel confident about it, you may call the Technology Services Help Desk at extension 4444. Student workers are available to assist you with configuring your computer to get on the Internet.
Q: What do I need to get connected?
A: You will need a 10 or 10/100 megabit Ethernet card for your computer. The necessary software drivers for Windows 95/98/XP are usually included on a disk when you buy the card. The card also will come with instructions on how to install the card and the software driver. You will also need an Ethernet cable to run from your computer to the network jack in the wall. It looks similar to your telephone jack, but it’s bigger. Your computer also needs to be equipped with an Internet browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
The College bookstore will be selling a high quality, low cost network card that will work in IBM-compatible PC’s equipped with a PCI bus. It should come with software, instructions, and the cable you will need to connect your computer to the wall jack.
Q: Do I need a Blackburn Internet account to get on the Internet?
A: You will need to apply for an account if you want a Blackburn email address or to use the Internet. You state the following on your application:
I hereby apply for an Internet account. I understand and agree that the primary purpose of this account is academic use, and that I will not use my account for any illegal purpose, including:
- Harassing others
- Obtaining copyrighted material
- Unauthorized access to computers and networks
- Plagiarism of academic material
- Profit-making enterprises
I further understand and agree that if I do not abide by these terms and conditions, my Internet account may be terminated and I may be subject to disciplinary action by the College.
Internet access is free and available to all students, faculty and staff. Applications are available in the Computer Center outside Jason Cloninger’s office. Accounts are typically available for use within two or three working days after an application is submitted. Email accounts will also be given out at the beginning of the school year to all incoming students.