NEWS & EVENTS
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Getting Connected
  • Capital University provides wired and wireless connectivity for faculty, staff and students, but you need to take a few steps before you can connect to our network. 

    • Check to make sure your computer meets the system requirements for network access
    • Connect to the network using the port in your residence hall room, or via the Cap-Student wireless network.
    • Install the Cisco NAC Agent

    Configure your computer for network access using our instructions for Windows (PDF) and Macs (PDF) systems. 

    Modems, routers, switches and hubs are not allowed on the university network and may be damaged if plugged into a university network port. The university will not be responsible for replacement or repair costs if damaged.

    Cisco NAC Appliance

    The Cisco NAC appliance is used to protect your computer, and others connected to the network, from viruses and malicious network activity by enforcing a set of standards for connecting to the network. The first time you connect to the Capital network, you will be prompted to install the Cisco NAC agent before you are granted full network access.  You will be prompted to enter your university ID username and password. This will verify your identity and ensure that your computer system meets the necessary security requirements. 

    System Requirements for Network Access

    Before connecting to the university network, you should make sure your system meets the following security requirements.

    Windows machines must have:

    • Microsoft Security Essential antivirus software installed with the latest virus definitions. Download for free on Microsoft's website. Other antivirus software such as Norton may not work well with the Cisco NAC appliance.
    • Current Windows update is enabled. Window updates offers security patches, fixes and OS updates that are critical in protecting your system from known contaminates.
    • The latest service pack (SP) for your version of Windows.  SP1 for Win 7. Windows 8 systems should be brought directly to the IT help desk for network configurations.
    • Virus scan - We recommend that you perform a virus scan on your system prior to arriving on campus to remove any viruses or malware before you attempt to connect to the university network. 

    Macintosh users must contact IT and provide their system mac address to get on the network.

    Once the Cicso NAC has checked your system and verified you as a trusted user, you will be given full network access. Users of systems that do not have the proper security requirements will be quarantined and redirected to a restricted network with instructions on how to address the specific problems identified.

    Mobile Devices

    We don't configure or support Android, iOS or other mobile devices, but you can use these instructions (PDF) as a guide to configuring your own mobile device to access the network. In some cases, you may need to contact the manufacturer of your mobile device for assistance. Nooks and Kindles are not approved devices for network access due to security concerns.

    Connecting Your Gaming Device

    In the residence halls, game consoles can be connected to the network via Ethernet cable. You cannot connect game consoles wirelessly, so you may need to purchase an adapter for certain systems. Download the instructions for connecting game consoles (PDF). 

    Access Your Email on Your Phone

    Follow these instructions for configuring email on your mobile device to access email on iPhones, Android and Windows wireless phones. For other device types, use the Mobile Phone Setup Wizard. Then select the setup option for Microsoft Exchange or ActiveSync on your device. If you need to enter your server name, use m.outlook.com.