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There can be several steps involved in making a connection to the
- Is there a network drop available within fifteen feet of the
location desired? If not, one has to be installed. This consists
of running cabling to the nearest network edge switch.
- If there is a network connection, is it live? If not, a connection
to one of the edge switch ports has to be provided.
- If there is an active connection available in your work area,
should your connection be made directly to the network edge switch,
or through a local switch?
- Is your connection a more or less "permanent" one,
or a transient one (laptop)? It is generally preferable to make
laptop or other transient connections through a small switch or
Describe your connection circumstance and needs on the Network Connection Request Form. For the current charges for network
connections, please contact the CIS
Helpdesk at x2439.
CAT-5 Ethernet cables are included with your network connection
request. 5', 10', and 25' CAT-5 cables can also be purchased via
the WHOI Stockroom. CAT-6 cables are also available in the Stockroom at 3', 10' and 25' lengths.
There are also 5-port Netgear 10/100 Mbit switches and Gigabit switches available in
the WHOI Stockroom. These are a reliable means for
hosts to share one network connection.