Ethernet Setup for Windows

​Before you begin you must have the following:

  • An installed Ethernet adaptor with RJ-45 plug (typically pre-installed in most computers)
  • An Ethernet cable connected from your computer to an Ethernet jack

Register for Network Access

The registration process will automatically begin the first time you connect to Trinity's network and open a web browser. 
An online registration form will display. If the form does not appear, you can navigate to it at

  • When prompted, enter your username and password.
  • Follow the directions to complete the registration process.
  • Wait 2 minutes and restart your computer.
  • Having problems? Wait and restart again. It may take up to 20 minutes for the registration process to complete.
  • You will not need to register again until the next academic year.

If you cannot access Trinity websites to register your computer, follow the instructions below to ensure your computer
is properly configured. NOTE: These instructions are based on the default theme and menus of Windows.

Windows 10, 8, and 7 - Checking for TCP/IP

  1. Open the Network and Sharing Center:
  • Windows 8: From Desktop mode (if in Metro mode, click on the Desktop tile), and open the Charms bar
    (click on the upper right corner of the screen). Click on the Search icon, select Apps as search field and type
    Control Panel
    . Open the Control Panel and select Open Network and Sharing Center.  
  • Windows 10 and 7: Select the Control Panel from the Start menu (Windows logo).  Select Open Network and Sharing Center (Windows 10) or Network and Internet (Windows 7) and click Network and Sharing Center.
  • Click Change Adaptor Settings (Windows 10, 8 and 7)
  • Right-click on Ethernet (Windows 10 and 8) or Local Area Connection (Windows 7) and select Properties
  • In the window, make sure that the box next to Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) is checked. If it is not, check
    it and click OK. (This may be under the Networking tab)
  • Windows 10, 8, and 7 - Configuring TCP/IP

    1. Follow steps 1.) - 3.) above
    2. In the Ethernet (Windows 10 and 8) or the Local Area Connection Properties (Windows 7) window, select
      Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties
    3. In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, make sure both Obtain an IP address
      and Obtain DNS server address automatically are selected 
    4. Click OK on both windows to activate the changes