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Windows PC

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 bring your computer to the PC Clinic.

IT Services only support Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10.

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: Antivirus (Installing antivirus software)

Step 4: Register! (Registering on HallNet)

 After you register you might like to set up Printing from your Windows PC.

Windows Step 1:

Network Connection


Ethernet 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.


Access Control Panel

Win 8 and 10: Access the Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + q and typing control panel in the box.

Win 7: Click on the Start button and select Control Panel.

Win8/7 Note: Make sure your view by (top right hand corner) is set to Category


Access Network and Internet Connections

Win 7/ 8/10: Underneath Network and Internet, click View Network Status and Tasks. Click on change adapter settings on the left hand side.

4 Figure 1: TCP/IP Configuration

Select Local Area Connection

Right click on Local Area Connection (w7) or Ethernet (W10), then select Properties from the pop-up menu.

If you don't have the Local Area Connection or Ethernet option, it is probably because your network card is not installed and configured correctly.

5 Figure 2: Automatic IP Configuration

Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)

Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click Properties.

Ensure that the General tab is selected.

Check that Obtain an IP address automatically, and Obtain DNS server address automatically are both selected.

Then click on the Advanced button at the bottom.

6 Figure 3: DNS

Select the DNS tab

Select the DNS tab at the top and ensure that Register this connection's addresses in DNS is not selected.


Accept the changes

Click OK, then OK, then Close. Close the Network Connections and Network and Sharing Centre windows.


Accept the changes

Click OK and reboot your computer if prompted. You can now proceed to the next step.

Windows Step 2:

Patch your Operating System

Windows Step 2: Patch your Operating System

To help prevent your computer becoming infected with malware and viruses, you need to keep it up to date.

Please ensure you have an anti-virus package installed and configured to receive updates automatically and frequently. Windows 7 and later comes with Windows Defender, other free and paid-for anti-virus tools are available.

Go to the Control Panel and choose System Security.

Win 7/8 /10: turn automatic updating on.

Windows Step 3:

Antivirus Software

IT Services recommend the Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus suite. The product is free, and provides excellent protection for your computer. The PC Clinic will help you download and install the software if you have problems.

The HallNet Acceptable Use Policy states you must have up to date antivirus software installed.


Uninstall any other antivirus software

Prior to installing Microsoft Security Essentials, please uninstall any other antivirus software on your computer.

2 Screen image; Language and Windows version.

Download Microsoft Security Essentials from the link below

In the web site, you may need to select the appropriate Language and Windows version.

Click Download.

3 Screen image: Computer Properties.

Checking the Version of Windows

If you are unsure which version your operating system is, click on the Windows Start button at the bottom left hand corner of your screen and right click on Computer in the right hand menu pane. Click Properties. This will open a window which shows you information about your operating system. For example, in the illustration, the Operating System is Windows 7, 64 bit. Windows edition shows that it is Windows 7, and under System, System type shows that it is 64 bit.

4 Screen image: mseinstaller.exe.

Run the installer

Once downloaded, open the program (usually called mseinstall.exe). It will normally appear at the bottom left hand corner of your screen next to the start button depending on your browser.

Select Yes to any pop up windows requesting your permission for this program to make changes to your system. 


Click Next

6 License Agree

Accept the License Agreement

Ensure that you agree with the Microsoft Software License Terms and click I accept.

7 Screen image: Customer Experience Improvement Program.

Do not join the Customer Experience Improvement Program

Select I do not want to join the program at this time and click Next.

8 Screen image: Optimize security.

Ensure that the Firewall is switched on

Accept the default to switch the Firewall on and select Next.

9 Screen image: Ready to install.

Click Install

Assuming that you have uninstalled any other antivirus programs, click Install.


Please wait

Please wait while this wizard installs Security Essentials on your computer. This might take a few minutes.


Restart now

Once the installation is complete the screen will ask you to restart your computer. Click Restart now.

12 Screen image: Security Essentials is scanning your PC.

Initial scan

After your computer has restarted, Microsoft Security Essentials will do an initial scan which will take several minutes. During the scan your wifi and network connections may work intermittently.

Windows 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 following the instructions. For this you will need to know your MAC address. You can find instructions below.


Click on the start button.


Click in the search programs and files window.


Type cmd and press the return/enter key.


In the window that opens, type ipconfig /all and press the return/enter key.


Look for the section that was Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connection, and note down the physical address.

Once you have your MAC Address you must now register.