Computer Networking Services

Connectivity On Campus

The University of Tulsa has a robust Ethernet network and a ubiquitous 802.11 g/n wireless network that covers the main campus providing outdoor coverage and indoor coverage. Internet access is provided through a dedicated 250MBps line with access to Internet2.

Wired Ethernet/Lan

  • Public Access Ethernet ports are located BAH, KEP, ACAC, McFarlin Library and John Rogers Hall.
  • All students living in the residence halls, University apartments, and sorority or fraternity houses have the ability to connect to the network via Ethernet from their rooms. This connection allows access to the main academic domain, campus e-mail, the library system and the Internet. It will NOT however, give you access to the local area networks and software available in individual computer labs.

What You Need to Get Connected:

  • You will need an Ethernet port and patch cable (or wireless card) to connect your computer to the campus network. An Ethernet patch RJ45 patch cable that is 10BaseT cable with a maximum length of 10 meters is required for a wired LAN connection.
  • Additional Hardware for a wired LAN connection:
    • Mini-switches are used when two computers are sharing one data port. They can be checked out at the Campus Computer Store in the McFarlin Technology wing at no charge. There will be a $50.00 charge if it is not returned at the end of the school year.
    • Appropriate TCP/IP (Internet) software for your computer and operating system is needed.
    • It is strongly recommended that your computer be protected from power spikes or surges that travel through the electrical power supply system by a UPS with power surge suppression.
    • It is strongly recommended to use a data line surge suppressor to protect your computer from voltage spikes that travel through the building wiring system.

    Setup Instructions

    Connecting with Windows

    Check to see if you have green link lights on the back of your Ethernet card - if you don't have link lights, you will not have a connection.

    • Make sure you have an Ethernet cable plugged into your Ethernet card and the data port in the wall. If you are using a phone cord, you will not gain access to the network.
    • Start your computer.
    • Select the Start menu > Settings > Control Panel.
    • Double-click on the Network icon.
    • Remove all lines that begin with NetBeui or IPX/SPX - you don't need them.
    • Click on the "Identification" tab - name your computer your first initial and last name.
    • Click back to "Configuration".
    • Double-click on the line that begins with TCP/IP <name of your Ethernet card.
    • Click on the IP Address tab. Set it to "Obtain IP address automatically."
    • Click on the DNS tab. Select "disable DNS."
    • Click on the Gateway tab. Remove anything in it.
    • Click on the WINS tab. Disable WINS.
    • Restart your computer.

    If you are using Internet Explorer, make sure you follow the Connection Setup Wizard to configure your browser to connect through a LAN (Local Area Network).

    Connecting with a Macintosh

    Macintosh ethernet cards are usually pre-installed and do not have link lights.

    • Make sure you have an ethernet cable plugged into your ethernet card and connected to the DATA port in the wall. If you are using a phone cord, you will not gain access to the network.
    • Start your computer.
    • Go to the Apple Menu and select Control Panels.
    • Select TCP/IP.
    • Set "Connect via" to Ethernet.
    • Set "Configure" to "Using DHCP Server".
    • Close the window, saving changes, and you should be set.

    On Campus - Wireless

    Wireless (WiFi) network access is supported in all University locations.  (However, bandwidth may be limited as is the case with all WiFi everywhere.  Plug-in whenever wired connectivity is available!)  

    There is one wireless network, TUWireless. This network requires authentication and can only be used by students, faculty, staff, registered guests and others with a University username.  Repeated authentication can be minimized by registering a MAC address with IT.  Connections to many services are already encrypted with reasonable security  (e.g., access to “https” websites is “secure”). 

    If additional security is appropriate when using a campus service, installation and use of a VPN client on your wireless device is encouraged or may be required.

    Connecting to TUWireless;

    In your wireless card software, you should see the TUWireless network appear if you are within range of the network.


    Select the TUWireless network and click on Connect.


    Open an Internet Browser and the first place you will be directed to is the network authentication page. Input your username and password, and click on 'Login'.



    TUWireless Connection Guide - Windows 7

    TUWireless Connection Guide - Windows 8

    TUWireless Connection Guide - Mac OS X 10.7/10.8 

    TUWireless Connection Guide - Mac iOS (iPhone, iPad) 

    Network Troubleshooting


    Connectivity Off Campus

    Off Campus - VPN

    VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It allows users off-campus to establish an encrypted, authenticated tunnel to the campus network as if they were on campus, bypassing the firewall.
    Users of external access, through cable modem and DSL, for example, need to use the VPN client to securely connect to the campus network. Note: some cable companies do not allow the use of VPN clients. If you pay for the use of a cable modem, you may be required to pay extra for the use of a VPN client. Please contact your cable provider if you have questions.

    Download VPN

    You can download the latest version of the TU VPN client from the myTU Essentials link box on the IT Homepage.

    Setting Up the T.U. Cisco VPN Client

    To gain access to on-campus services (email, Utulsa Home, Shared Space) from off campus, it is necessary to install and connect using the VPN client (Virtual Private Network) from Cisco. The VPN client is most often used to connect to the email servers, Utulsa Home, and ShareSpace, while off campus (ie, Cox, SBC, etc).

    Setting up the Cisco VPN client

    VPN Install Documentation PDF Download

    Starting the Vpn Client

    1. Start>All Programs>Cisco Systems VPN Client>VPN Client
    2. Choose which profile you want to use: TU-Off-Campus-Internet for if you are outside of campus and need access to the mail server, or other services on campus
    3. Click Connect
    4. Enter your username and password, Click OK
    5. To disconnect, double click on the lock icon in your task bar
    6. Then click Disconnect

    Off campus - WinSCP (Windows Secure Copy)

    WinSCP is an open source SFTP and FTP client for Windows. It provides a secure file transfer between a remote computer and a local machine. The secure transfer utilizes Secure Shell (SSH) and supports the SCP protocol in addition to SFTP. This program allows you to securely copy files to and from University machines (specifically

    You can download WinSCP by clicking on software downloads on the IT homepage under myTU Essentials.

    High Speed Internet2

    TU is a member of the University Consortium for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), created in 1996 to promote Internet2 as its principal project.

    As a member of Internet2, TU also participates in the Abilene Project, an advanced backbone network that connects regional network aggregation points, called gigaPoPs, to support the work of Internet2.

    If you are communicating with another Internet2 member outside the state then you are utilizing the fInternet 2 Logoast Internet2 network.

    Conditions of Use
    Internet2 Member List

    University Members Link:
    Principal Internet2 site:

    Game Consoles on the Network

    Game consoles (Xbox, WII, etc) can be allowed through the network upon request. 

    To request a game console exception, please contact the IT Desk with the following information:

    • Your Name
    • Student ID #
    • Phone #
    • University Email Address
    • What kind of Game Console
    • Mac Address of Game Console