Personal Computer

Connecting to the UCSD network

How can I connect my laptop to the network?

UCSD requires all computers to comply with UCSD's minimum network security standards before connected to the UCSD network.



If you want easy access to data, library resources, or printers from your Windows or Macintosh laptop, you must use UCSD-PROTECTED or EDUROAM. UCSD-PROTECTED requires a UCSD Active Directory account. EDUROAM requires your home university account.

New Active Directory accounts, such as those for visiting scholars, will require a password reset, which means you will need to use UCSD-GUEST temporarily until you can access the password reset page. Once your account is activated, you can switch to UCSD-PROTECTED.


Our offices are equipped with four ethernet jacks. One of them ('A') is used for telephone. Two ('B' and 'C') are used for workstations and must never be disconnected. The 'D' jack is available if you require an additional ethernet connection. If you need additional ethernet devices, please consult with the SCCN system administrator. Do not purchase and install your own router or switch. UC San Diego has strict restrictions on connecting switches and routers to the network.

All ethernet devices must be registered with UC San Diego Information Technology Services. Please read the details below.

Computers connected directly to ethernet need to be registered with UCSD in order to obtain a valid IP address and host name.

Until I create a form for this, send the following information in an e-mail to the SCCN system administrator, and the host will be registered as soon as possible by the UCSD Hostmaster.

  1. Your UCSD e-mail address
  2. Room number where the computer will be installed
  3. Operating system (Mac/Windows/Linux)
  4. Desired host name (name must not already be in use on the UCSD network)
  5. Ethernet address (MAC address of the ethernet interface)

Where can I store my data?

Make sure you are on a secure network, such as UCSD-PROTECTED or EDUROAM or physically connected to ethernet.

Then, see the section on data storage. It is recommended that you connect to the data shares using SMB under the Windows and Macintosh sections.