Am I Connected?
There are two ways to connect the 1:1 laptop to the internet, via Ethernet cable or wireless access. This page will explain how to tell if you actually have a connection.
The first type of connection is to connect the computer to the network by attaching an ethernet cable from the computer to an active network drop in the wall or floor. The figure below shows the ethernet port on the left side of the laptop.
If the connection is successful you will see the lights at the top of the port light up. The green light on the left side indicates that a connection is made and the amber light on the right blinks showing transfer of data. If you don't get any lights or the activity light blinks very slowly and at a constant rhythm you are not connected properly.
If the lights do not come on when you connect the cable at both ends there are several possible issues:
- Examine the ethernet cable to ensure that is not cut or torn and replace if it is.
- Plug a different computer into the drop:
- If it also does not connect, the drop needs checked by the technology department. Take your laptop to the School's technology depot.
- If the other computer connects, you should bring your laptop in to have the ethernet port checked.
Note: On the Corydon campus If you unplug one of the school phones to plug into that network drop, the power injection system for the phones will likely inhibit connectivity.
When you boot your laptop, the login screen usually appears before the connection to the wireless network is completed. To allow for this wait one minute before attempting to log in. If you are still unable to log in:
- Check the workstation only box and click 'Ok'.
- Make sure the username 'user' appears when you check the box.
- Click OK as there is no password attached to this account
- Wait for the desktop to load.
Even though you are at the desktop, you are not logged into your account and not connected to the network. You should refer to the Wireless at School page to troubleshoot your wireless connection.
If you are unable to establish any wireless connection, plug in your charger, turn off your computer then turn it back on. If this fails, take your computer to the School technology depot.