Setting up a macOS computer at Reed
These are instructions are for setting up computers that run macOS. If you get stuck at any point contact CUS (x7525) for help.
- Connecting to the Internet
- Registering Your Computer on the Reed Network
- Accessing Reed Network Servers and Printers
- Using College-Owned Applications
- A Word About Security
- Other Mac OS X Basics
Connecting to the Internet and Reed's Network
Accessing the Internet while on campus should be as easy as turning on your computer and plugging into an ethernet port or getting on Reed's wireless network (ReedXenia or Reed1x). Below are some further tips to make sure you have no problems configuring your internet connection.
Using an Ethernet connection
Make sure you have an Ethernet cable that works and an Ethernet port that is active. Plug in the cable into the wall-port and your computer; the default settings should work, and give Ethernet connections precedence over wireless connections.
Using the wireless network
Your computer most likely also has a built-in wireless card to connect to one of Reed's wireless networks (ReedXenia or Reed1x). If you are connected to a good wireless network, you will see the airport status as a striped fan-shape button on the menu bar on the top right of your screen. If you see a blank fan-shape button instead , it means your airport is turned off. To turn the airport on, click on the airport status button and select "Turn Wi-Fi On" from the menu. If your computer does not automatically select a network after this, click on the airport status button on your menu bar again and select Reed1x or ReedXenia from the menu.
If no airport status button shows up on the menu bar, go to System Preferences and click on Network. If an airport is installed correctly on your computer, you will see a tab called Wi-Fi. Double-click on it and check the option to Show Airport Status in menu bar. For more information about the campus-wide wireless internet network, see the wireless network page.
Registering Your Computer on the Reed Network
The first time you try to access any webpage using ReedXenia, your web browser may take you to the Reed Network Registration page where you must register your computer. Please make sure to register using your Reed network username and password and not as a guest, or you will have limited access to the network. If you connect through Reed1x or via a wired connection, you won't be prompted to register.
Accessing Reed Network Servers and Printers
You can access Reed servers like your personal AFS Home server, the Courses server and the Faculty server via files.reed.edu or SFTP. Go to our AFS page to learn more about Reed servers and how to access them, on or off campus.
You can also print to Reed printers which are located in the IRC, Library, Academic Buildings and Dormitories once you are on the network. Go to our printing page to learn more about printing and billing at Reed, and go to our printing from macOS page to install these printers on your computer.
Using College-Owned Applications
You can install many "keyed" applications licensed to Reed on your computer because users are allowed to share the limited number of licenses Reed has purchased for these programs. However, a "keyed" application will work only when you are on campus since the KeyServer is accessible only when you are on the Reed network. If you must use a keyed application off campus contact CUS to see if we can help you with that.
Go to our Using Keyed Software page for instructions on obtaining and using college-owned keyed applications.
A Word About Security
These are a few things that may be critical to insuring the safety of your machine and your data.
- Back up your data.
- Keep your operating system and software up to date.
- Do not share files, folders or services on the network unless you absolutely must. If you do, turn on as little access for others as possible.
- On your computer, do not create additional accounts that you do not use. Password protect all the accounts that you do use.
- If you are Reed faculty, student or staff, you should have some form of anti-virus software installed on your machine.
Here are some more articles that include basic information about how to use the OS X operating system:
- Accessing Network Preferences
- Connecting to a Server
- Finding and Starting Applications
- Modifying the Dock