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HallNet Connection

These steps will take you through configuring your computer to use the network and network services, and also installing the supported software. If you have any problems connecting, please contact the IT Service Desk.

IT Services only provide support for Apple Macintosh OS 10.8 and newer versions where support is provided by Apple. 

There are four stages to connecting to the HallNet service:

Step 1: Network (Configure networking on your PC)

Step 2: Patch (Update your operating system)

Step 3: Register (Registering on HallNet)

 After you register you might like to set up Printing from your Mac 

macOS Step 1:

Network Connection


Plug in network cable

Connect the Ethernet cable to your device and the socket on the wall in your room. If your room has two then generally it’s the left-hand socket.


Set up location

Firstly it is suggested, though not essential, that you set up separate location for your Hall connection. In this documentation a location called HallNet has been set up. If you set up other locations for your home / I.S.P. (Internet Service Provider) then it will be easier to change Internet settings between service providers.

3 Mac Network Connection window. Select network catergory.

Go to System Preferences/Network

Go to System Preferences/Network. Set up a new location with a name of your choice e.g. HallNet.

In the location box, click on Edit Locations, click on the + symbol in the pop-up box, select HallNet and click OK.

4 Selected Network window

Select the TCP/IP tab

Select the TCP/IP tab, set Show to Built-in Ethernet (or whichever Ethernet interface your Macintosh has) and set Configure IPv4 to "Using DHCP", as shown below. In the Location box, ensure that HallNet is selected and that Ethernet and Configure IPv4 using DHCP are selected.



Follow the instructions in order to register. You will need to know your username and password to register.

macOS Step 2:

Patch your Operating System

Ensure that you have a secure and up-to-date Operating System by using the Software Update feature of OS. Click on the Apple in the top left of the screen and choose Software Update.

macOS Step 4:

Register with HallNet!

Register with Cloudpath for HallNet connection. You must register each device you connect to HallNet.

Alternatively, manual registration can be completed by connecting to the network in your room, opening your web browser and follow the instructions. For this, you will need to know your MAC address. You can find instructions below.


Apple symbol

Click on the Apple symbol in the top left.


System Preferences

Click on System Preferences.

3 screen grab: system preferences


Click on Network

4 screen grab: Ethernet/network cable.

Select Ethernet

Ensure that Ethernet is selected in the list and click on Advanced.

5 screen grab: mac network hard ware tab

Select the Hardware tab

Click on the Hardware tab, and write down the MAC Address.

Important notice:

From iOS 15 and the next version of macOS (Monterey) Apple are introducing iCloud Private Relay. This is an always on VPN that tunnels traffic out via Apple servers and is part of the iCloud+ subscription.

Devices using this service will be unable to access internal campus resources as the traffic will originate from external to the university. It also circumvents protection we provide to protect campus users.

As such we have decided to block this for on campus users. This means that any user with it enabled will get an alert saying that they need to either disable Private Relay for your network or choose another network.