Design Integration Laboratory

Networking Setup Instructions


This information is intended for typical students in the Department of Architecture who are setting up their Macintosh computer in a personal work area in Lawrence or Pacific Hall, such as a design studio, Room 132 Pacific, 477 Lawrence, or the computer graphics mezzanine. After following these steps, your computer will be ready to use for free internet mail World-Wide Web browsing.

Setting up Your Computer

  1. Request Computer Connection -- Stop by Dennis Bishop's office, located in 204 Pacific to pick up a Department Equipment form. His office hours are from 9am to 10am every weekday and you will get the best response if you stop in during those hours.

    You can fill out the form right there and you will receive the access code to the Arch 222 Personal Computer Lab in 132 Pacific. You will also receive several other pieces of information that are very critical to establishing your computer on the University of Oregon Network (internet, printing, email, etc...)

    If you have not reeceived an IP number and you already have a computer setup in a room, please send Email to Dennis Bishop and request an IP number. Be sure to indicate what room number you are in.

  2. Bring in Your Computer -- Once you have filled out the form and received the code to 132 Pacific, you are ready to bring in your computer. Bring your computer to 132 Pacific at 3pm on any day of the week. Either Dennis Bishop or a student assistant will meet you at the door and get you started.
    Security Clips -- An additional note here regarding the security system. The fiber optic security system requires that your computer have a security clip located in the back of your computer and monitor. You need to purchase the Security Clips on your own and they can be obtained from The Microcomputer Purchase Plan in the Computing Center or the University of Oregon Bookstore in the Computer Department. They are hardened steel security clips amd you will need to have two of these clips in order for your computer to be secured.

    Send Dennis Bishop Email informing him that your computer is in the room, setup, and ready to be connected to the University network and fiber optic security system.

  3. Security and Internet Connection -- Dennis Bishop or one of his student assistants will install the proper wiring and connectors needed to attach your computer to the network and security system. You do not need to do anything else until that happens. Once your computer is attached to the network, Larry will send you mail to inform you that your computer is ready for the next stage.


Configuring the Network and Utilities

  1. Ethernet Connection -- You will need to do several things to prepare your computer for accessing the Network. Follow these steps in order to access your Email, print to school printers, Access Netscape, or read newsgroups.

    Go to the Apple Menu items and open the Control Panels folder. Find a Control Panel called Appletalk and open it by double clicking on it. You will find a shadow box that says "Connect Via:". Click and hold on that shadow box and look for the word "Ethernet". Drag the cursor until "Ethernet" is highlighted and let go. At this point you should see a second shadow box appear below. Click and hold on this box until you find "AAA Pacific". When "AAA Pacific" is highlighted, let go.

    Be sure to close the Appletalk Control Panel before moving on.

  2. System Configuration -- You will need to aquire some very important Control Panels and Extensions for your Macintosh in order to assure fluid connection to the internet.

  3. Accessing the Chooser -- Go to the Apple Menu Items and select the Chooser. In the upper left hand corner of the Chooser, you should see a series of driver icons. The icon in the upper left corner will be AppleShare. Click once on that icon to select the AppleShare driver. Next, select the zone AAA Pacific from the list of zones in the lower left area of the Chooser. Then, choose the server Architecture Forest from the list on the right-hand side of the Chooser window. Now click the OK button. Click OK, and use your class AppleShare account to log on to the server. Then select the Architecture Support network folder, click the OK button to mount it, click OK in the Architecture Forest announcement window, and finally, click the close box in the Chooser window to put away the Chooser.

  4. Copying the Files -- You have now connected to a remote server. On the Desktop, you will see an icon for the Architecture Support server which you have logged onto. Double-click on that icon and look for the Network Setup folder. Click and hold on that folder and drag it over the icon for your computer on the upper right hand side of the screen. A progress bar should appear indicating that you are copying some files to your computer from the other computer.

  5. Things to Add -- Now open the Network Setup Folder and find the System Additions Folder. In there you should see the following items: Drag a selection rectangle around these items to highlight them and drag them on top of the folder called the System Folder on your computer. The Mac will know where to put everything. It will ask you if you want to put them in the proper place. Just click the OK button and let it go.

  6. Things to Remove -- Finally, there are a few items that need to be removed from your computer in order to avoid conflicts. Open your System Folder and find the Control Panels folder. In here look for the file called TCP/IP. Highlight that item and drag it to the trash. Close the Control Panels Folder and go back to the System Folder. Locate and open the Extensions folder. There are three items that you need to remove from here: Select these items and drag them to the trash.

  7. Restart your Computer -- At this point, you have made some major changes to the System Folder on your Macintosh. When making changes to the System Folder you need to restart the computer to make sure that the changes take effect. While in the Finder, go to the Special menu item and select the Restart command.

  8. Reset the Network -- Because of the changes you have made, you will need to reconfigure some settings in the Control Panels. Go to the Apple Menu Items and open the Control Panels folder.
    AppleTalk -- Double-click on the Appletalk Control Panel. Again, set the top shadowbox to "Ethernet" and the bottom shadowbox to "AAA Pacific" then close the AppleTalk Control Panel.

    Network -- Open the Network Control Panel and select the icon that says "EtherTalk Built-in" and make sure the shadowbox at the bottom says "AAA Pacific". Now close the Network Control Panel.

    MacTCP -- Open the MacTCP Control Panel. Click the "More..." button. In the the upper left box of the larger window that opens, click the radio button that says "Manually". (Don't make ANY OTHER changes in this window!) Then click OK to close the larger window and return to the main smaller MacTCP window. Click on the icon on the right labeled "Ethernet", and type your specific assigned IP number: 128.223.xxx.xx into the "IP address" field. Close the MacTCP Control Panel and restart your Macintosh again.

    This IP number is one of the items that you were given when you signed up for your computer in the first part of this process. If you did not receive one or have misplaced it, please contact Larry Martin for an IP number. You cannot use anyone elses IP number under any circumstances, at any time.

  9. Restart your Computer -- At this point, you will again need to restart your computer to activate these changes.

Finding the Right Internet Software

  1. Communications Applications -- In step 4 of "Setting up the Network and Utilities", you copied a folder called Network Setup to your computer. Open that folder, and drag to the top of your hard disk directory the folder named "Communications". In "Communications" you will find our two key communications applications, each in its own folder: Netscape is the WWW browser that you use to view homework and instructions for your class. POPmail is the application that you will use to read your Email. NCSA Telnet allows you to log onto the central computers for setting up accounts. In the WWW Helper Apps folder, you should see the following items: BBEdit Lite is a text editor which is used for creating HTML documents and other simple text files. JPEGView is an application that enables you to view and download image files on the internet. BinHex, MacBinary, Stuffit Expander, and uuUndo are decompression programs that are necessary to download most files on the internet.

  2. Other Extensions -- Finally, go back to the Network Setup folder and find the System Items folder. In there is a file called HP DesignJet 650C v2014.102. You need this to be able to access the large-format color printer that belongs to thew Department of Architecture. Go to your hard drive and open the System Folder, open the Extensions folder and scroll down until you see the Printer Descriptions folder. Drag the HP DesignJet 650C v2014.102 file and place it in this folder.


    Setting Preferences

    1. What are Preferences? -- Every application has preferences that can be adjusted and saved. In most cases the application will automatically save a file called a preferences file in a special folder in the System Folder when you start an application for the first time. This file is what the application will look for when it starts up everytime after that. The defaults that the applications have automatically set are sometimes not the ones that are best for our needs here in the Department of Architecture. That is why we have saved the preferences for the main internet applications so you can put them into your hard drive and then when you start the application, everything wil be setup for you.

    2. Find the Preferences Folder -- Go to your hard drive and open the System Folder again. This time find the Preferences folder. Open the Preferences folder. Now go back once more to the Network Setup folder and find the For Preferences@System Folder folder. Open that folder and select all of the items in that folder. Drag those items over to the Preferences folder in the System Folder on your hard drive.

    3. Preferences You Need to Set Yourself -- Netscape, Newswatcher, and POPMail all require that you assign information that is particular to you in order to work properly.

      For the following examples, I will assume the student's name to be J. Doe. If you are a graduate student, you will need to replace references to the name gladstone with the name darkwing. The list below is some of the key items that you will need to personalize for POPmail II, Netscape, and Newswatcher.

      • POPmail II -- Go to the "Setup" menu item and select "Set Username and Server..."
        • Address : jdoe@gladstone.uoregon.edu
        • Full Name : Doe, Jane
        • Mail Server : gladstone.uoregon.edu
        • Password : You will need to type in your password to access your Email, but do not click the "Save Password" box. If you do, anyone can log in to your Email.
        • Reply-To address : jdoe@gladstone.uoregon.edu
        • Mail Server Name : gladstone.uoregon.edu
        • Make sure the "POP3 server running at port 110" Radio button is selected
      • Netscape -- Go to the "Options" menu item and select "Preferences..."
        • Select "Mail and News"
          • Mail SMTP Server : gladstone.uoregon.edu
          • Your Name : Doe, John
          • Your Email : jdoe@gladstone.uoregon.edu
          • Organization : UO, Dept. of Architecture
          • News NNTP Server : news.uoregon.edu
        • Select "Applications and Directories"
          • View Source : Click browse and find the application BBEdit Lite in the Communications folder.
          • Temp Directory : This is where files you download will be located. Click browse and find the Download folder that is in the Netscape folder

      Congratulations -- You have done everything you need to do to make sure that you can access the WWW, read your Email, check for homework assignments, print to school printers, and connect to servers via AppleShare.

      What if Something Doesn't Work? -- If you have any problems, it is important that you have as much detail as possible. Look at the Computing Help page before raising any red flags. This was a long process and you may find that there is a simple solution to your problem. Information that you should include would be: text of error messages, application(s) in use when you encountered the problem, and things you have done to check for causes of the problems. After you have taken down as much information as possible, contact Dennis Bishop at dbishop@darkwing.uoregon.edu. He can also be reached in 204 Pacific between the hours fo 9am and 10amn daily.


    By Larry Martin & Kevin Matthews. Posted 95.10.17 KMM

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