Setting up dynamic Ethernet (DHCP) on Windows

In most cases, you should be able to connect to Northwestern's wired network (ethernet) just by plugging in a cable. If you find that you are still having trouble connecting after plugging the cable in, you may need to enable DHCP.

Windows 10

  1. Open the Start Menu and select the Settings button, located just above the power button.
  2. Select Network & Internet.
  3. Click on Change adapter options.
    Windows 10 Network Settings
  4. Double-click on your wired network adapter. If there is more than one adapter listed, select the adapter with Ethernet or Local Area Connection in the name.
  5. Click Properties in the bottom-left of the new window.
  6. In the window that opens, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click Properties.
    Windows 10 Adapter Properties
  7. In the new dialog that opens, select both Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically.
  8. Click OK to close both newly opened windows.

Windows 7

  1. Open the Start Menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Make sure that the view in the top right of the window that opens is set to Large Icons and then click Network and Sharing Center
  3. On the left-hand side, click Change adapter settings.
    Windows 7 Network & Sharing Center
  4. Double-click on your wired network adapter. If more than one adapter is listed, double-click on the one with Ethernet or Local Area Connection in the name.
  5. Click Properties in the bottom-left of the new window.
  6. In the window that opens, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click Properties.
    Windows 7 Adapter Properties
  7. In the new dialog that opens, select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server information automatically.
  8. Press OK to close all open windows.

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Keywords:wired internet dhcp Ethernet   Doc ID:62260
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Created:2016-03-27 16:29 CDTUpdated:2019-02-07 13:41 CDT
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