Network FAQ

What kind of cable do I need to connect my computer to the network? Where can I get one?

You need an Ethernet cable or simply a wireless connection. You may purchase an Ethernet cable or wireless adapter from STS in the University Center or at one of the local computer stores.

What kind of wireless protocols can my computer use on the network?

Ferris’s network supports 802.11 b/g/a/n wireless.

For more information, go to the Wireless Standard Recommendation page.

How much does it cost to connect to the network?

Each student who resides in University Housing is assessed a per semester connectivity fee which is incorporated into the cost of room and board. This allows for all residents to use the network through a connection in their room, computer labs in the halls, and the West Campus Community Center. Students wishing to connect their personal computers to the network are required to have an Ethernet port/jack or a wireless connection on their computers.

I am a Visual Communication major and therefore need a Mac operating system. How do I make my Mac compatible with the network?

You need either an Ethernet Connection or wireless connection on your Mac and the ability to connect via TCP/IP.

Can my roommate and I each have a computer in our room and connect to the network?

Space is very limited in the residence halls for two separate computer systems, and outlets for plugging in equipment are also a consideration. However, two computers can connect to the network by use of a multi-port switch that is then plugged into the wall jack or by using a wireless access point. Then the two computers can be plugged into the switch or connected via Ethernet or wireless to the access point. The Ethernet cable, wireless adapters, multi-port switches, or wireless/wired access points can be purchased from the STS or any local computer store.

How do I change my login password?

Please login to change your password: Password Change

If you have any further questions, please call TAC at X4822 for assistance with changing your password.