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Laptops in Math & Stats

Getting your laptop onto the wired or wireless network is easy, but there is some setup involved.

Department Members

If you wish to use a physical (vs. wireless) connection, then your laptop will need a permanent network address assigned to it; for more information, see the Department Members page. For wireless access, use the MacSecure network (MacSecure is MacConnect's easier-to-use, encrypted and coterminous replacement).

Visitors

Visitors can have wired or wireless network access for their laptops, but hosts need to make arrangements for them. For more information, see the Network Access for Visitors' Laptops.

Important Note about Classroom Network Ports

The classroom network jacks in Hamilton Hall and most other buildings connect to the MacConnect network; just as with MacConnect wireless, you will need a Mac ID to connect and will need to use a VPN connection to access all but web and email services.

Short-term visitors will have access to the guest wireless network and so should not need to bother with either MacConnect or VPN; please be sure to test guest or MacConnect access well in advance of a lecture. Because the guest wireless network is only available in Hamilton Hall, visitors will need to have a temporary MacID for wired or wireless network access.

Windows Laptops & Worms/Viruses

Laptops which move between the firewalled campus network and the outside world are a major source of worm and virus infections. If your laptop is infected and the worm tries to propogate itself, your network access will be blocked by UTS, but that may not happen before you have infected several other machines and caused them to lose their network access, too. Please keep your laptop current with Windows Update and keep an updated virus scanner on your system.

Printing

If you have a departmental computer account, you can print to the shared printers. See Adding a Departmental Printer Queue for instructions.

Getting to Your Home Directory

You can connect to your ms home directory as a network volume - which is to say it will appear in the Windows Explorer or OS X Finder as a network folder. The adept and impatient will just want to know the following:

  • Microsoft Windows:
    \\ms.mcmaster.ca\
  • OS X, linux with KDE or Gnome:
    smb://ms.mcmaster.ca

See this FAQ entry for more detailed instructions, including the use of VPN for connecting from off campus.