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Walkup Computing in the ACES Library

Walkup wireless and ethernet network access are available at the ACES Library.

For general ethernet network connections, visit the CITES Walkup Computing Home page.

For general information regarding UIUCnet Wireless Access visit CITES UIUCnet Wireless Access page.

For general information regarding Public Wireless Access visit CITES Public Wireless page.

To get started using UIUCnet at the Funk ACES LIbrary, download the QuickConnect Jump Start Guide from CITES.


Walkup Computing


All “visible” jacks in the ACES Library are configured for walkup network access. Much of the ACES Library furniture is pre-wired with jacks (orange receptacles at the ends of desks and in the corners of study carrels) that are ready for use with your laptop or other portable-computing device.

Note:  Do not pull covers from floor boxes. If you are experiencing difficulty connecting to the network through the furniture jacks, please report the trouble to the circulation desk.

Any computer and most operating systems should work: Windows, Macintosh, or Linux.

You need an Ethernet adaptor ready to connect to a 10Mb Ethernet. For most portable computers today, this is a PCMCIA card that fits in the side of your computer. The Ethernet adaptor may be built in to some computers. You will also need a data cable with a plug called an RJ45 connector (it looks similar to a telephone connector, but it is not! Do not use a telephone cord!). This picture shows the end of the cable:

picture displaying the end of an rj45 cable

If your Ethernet card can do either 10Mb/s or 100Mb/s speed, either leave the Ethernet settings set for the default (auto-sense) or set it to 10Mb. Walkup Computing does not work at 100Mb.


Note: If you are uncertain about the type of cable you need for the ACES Library jacks, please come to the circulation desk for assistance.


It is helpful if you get your computer working on any other network before trying it with Walkup, just to verify that your hardware and network drivers are functioning.


Network Properties Configuration

You can set your computer to use DHCP to get its IP address (Windows calls this "Obtain an IP address automatically") or leave it set for any valid IP address that you may already use in your office or departmental network. If you have an IP address, then you will also have other TCP/IP properties set such as "gateway", and "subnet mask". Just leave all these alone.

It really is that easy.
No special configuration is required.

Portions of this page have been taken from the CCSO Web site. The full text and other relevant information can be found at: http://www.cites.illinois.edu/walkup/index.html .


Troubleshooting Walkup Networking

We have noticed with the recent walkup networking upgrades, that jacks have been slow to “ initialize”. If you have trouble connecting to the network through the public walkup jacks try the following:

  1. Close and re-open your browser.
  2. Hit the “refresh” button (a few times if necessary).
  3. Manually type any web site (www.amazon.com is a good one because it is “never” down).
  4. Repeat steps 1-3.
  5. Try another jack and try steps 1-5.
If you perform these steps and still can not connect, you may need to check your hardware to make certain that it is properly configured. If, after moving to another jack, you are able to connect, please report the troubled jack location to the circulation desk.

More information regarding walkup computing and troubleshooting can be found on the CITES Website at: http://www.cites.illinois.edu/walkup/index.html.