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ResLAN troubleshooting guide - connecting to ResLAN via a wired connection

The Residences Local Area Network (ResLAN) uses a web-based internet access system (Cardiff Campus Manager) to manage the connection in your room. 

If you have followed the instructions on the Connecting to ResLAN web page, you should be able to see the initial registration page.

If you are not directed to the Cardiff Campus Manager registration pages, please try each of the following steps and retry your connection after completing each step:


Access an external website

To view the registration pages, you need to connect your computer to the network using the provided green ethernet cable. After waiting for a minute or two, open your internet browser and try to access a non-Cardiff University web page (for example www.bbc.co.uk or www.google.com). If you do not see the registration pages, please try another external website. If this also fails, try the next step:

 

Ensure your computer is set to receive an IP address via DHCP

All ResLAN connections have their IP addresses automatically assigned by a server.  It is strictly prohibited to use a fixed IP address on a ResLAN connection.  It may well be, however, that you have needed to use a fixed IP address before coming to Cardiff, and this may need to be removed before you can register on ResLAN.  In order to ensure your computer is set to receive an automatic IP address, please choose the appropriate option below:

Please note: Microsoft is withdrawing support for Windows XP from 8th April 2014. Find out more...

Windows 7

  • Open Control Panel
  • Open the "Network and Internet" section
  • Under the "Network and Sharing Centre" section, choose "View network status and tasks"
  • Click "Change adapter settings" (located to the left of the window)
  • Right-click "Local Area Connection" and select "Properties"
  • Highlight the option "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and click on "Properties"
  • Under the "General" tab, ensure that both "Obtain an IP Address Automatically" and "Obtain DNS Server Automatically" are both checked
  • Click on OK

Windows Vista

  • Open Control Panel
  • Assuming you're not in "classic view", open the "Network and Internet" section
  • Under the "Network and Sharing Centre" section, choose "View network status and tasks"
  • Click "Manage network connections" (located to the left of the window)
  • Right-click "Local Area Connection" and select "Properties" (you may be prompted to click "Continue" at this point)
  • Highlight the option "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and click on "Properties"
  • Under the "General" tab, ensure that both "Obtain an IP Address Automatically" and "Obtain DNS Server Automatically" are both checked
  • Click on OK

Apple Mac 

To set up your Apple computer, we recommend you set up an automatic location for ResLAN. You can do this as follows:

  • Click the "Apple" menu and choose "System Preferences"
  • Choose the "Network" icon
  • In the "Location" drop-down menu, choose "Automatic"
  • In the left hand or under the "Show" choose "Built in Ethernet"
  • Configure the "TCP/IP to use DHCP
  • In version 10.5: from the drop down list select "Using DHCP" restart your computer

Disable IPv6 (Windows Vista Only)

We have detected occasional problems when IPv6 is enabled on Windows Vista Machines. To disable this, you need to:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Assuming you're not in "classic view", open the "Network and Internet" section
  • Under the "Network and Sharing Centre" section, choose "View network status and tasks"
  • Click "Manage network connections" (located to the left of the window)
  • Right-click "Local Area Connection" and select "Properties" (you may be prompted to click "Continue" at this point)
  • Un-tick all of the following options:
    • Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)
    • Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper (I/O Driver)
    • Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder
  • Click OK

Temporarily disable your firewall

If you are not able to view the Cardiff Campus Manager registration pages, or if you are having a problem with the scan of your computer, you may need to temporarily disable your Internet firewall.

If you are using the standard Windows firewall, this can be disabled from the Control Panel option. See the Windows firewall option in the control panel.

If you are using a third party firewall, such as McAfee Firewall or Norton Internet Security, please consult your manual for information on how to disable these products.


Try your computer in another room

To eliminate a problem with the network outlet in your room, please test your computer in another ResLAN outlet.

Simply follow the steps on the Connecting to ResLAN web page using a different ResLAN outlet.

If your computer doesn't work in another ResLAN outlet, please contact the IT Service Desk or IT Clinic

If your computer does work in another ResLAN outlet, you will need to contact the IT Service Desk on 029 2087 4487.


Still cannot register?

If you have tried all the above steps but are still not directed to the Cardiff Campus Manager registration pages, please contact the IT Service Desk on 029 2087 4487.

When you call, please make sure you have with you the following details:

  • Cardiff University username, or your Student ID number
  • Residence details: residence, house, floor, flat
  • Outlet number (on the wall, where you plug in the green cable) (for issues with connecting to the wired network).