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Obtain an automatic IP address: Mac OS X 10.5 and newer

If you are having difficulties connecting to the wired Internet in your office or residence, it may be because your computer is attempting to obtain a static, rather than an automatic, IP address. In order to connect to the UVic wired Internet, your computer must be configured to use DHCP.

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your desktop and select System Preferences....

  2. Click on Network.

  3. In the Network window, ensure you have Ethernet selected on the left-side menu.

    If the Configuration IPv4 option is set to Manually, you may want to write down the IP address and any other information that is listed in case you need to restore your settings at a later time.

  4. Next to Configure, select Using DHCP from the drop-down list. Click Apply.