CSE Wired Network

Connecting to the wired network

An Ethernet wired network connection, to the CSE wired network, is available to staff and postgraduate students allocated a desk within the K17 building.

Unregistered vs Registered hosts

There is an online form to fill out to register your computer on the CSE wired network.

This is not mandatory, but there are advantages to doing so:

  • We will reserve you an IP-address, a DNS hostname and the ability to open up firewall ports for incoming connections.


You will be asked to choose a hostname for the computer you want to register. This should be reasonably short, not too generic (not 'computer' or 'hpnotebook', for instance) and should avoid names of musical instruments or composers, since these names are reserved for our systems.

(something like yourname-laptop is a good choice.)

The name you select will be the computer's DNS hostname on our domain - eg. yourname-laptop.cse.unsw.edu.au

Once you submit the registration form, it will automatically be sent to CSE System Support for processing.

This shouldn't take more than one working day (usually a lot less, but it depends how busy we are).

To DHCP or not DHCP

You should use DHCP wherever possible, so that your computer automatically configures itself to use its assigned IP address.

In very rare cases, a computer will not use DHCP on our network (eg. a robot with a broken dhcp client). In this case, you would use a static address with the following details:

IP Address
supplied by SS when you registered
Subnet Mask
Primary DNS
Secondary DNS

Please check with us before choosing not to use DHCP, as we prefer to avoid this whenever possible.

Last edited by pmr 19/06/2017

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