Network points & network cables
Network points are wall-mounted ports into which you can connect a network cable from your computer in order to physically connect to the College network. Each network point has a code written on it. This code should begin or end with a D for data, not a V or T for voice (phone).
Network points in College residences should already be live to facilitate connection to the College network via the TCDconnect service.
In College offices and laboratories, if a network point needs to be enabled or a new point added, the request must come from a member of staff. To request a network point to be enabled please fill out the network point activation form. To request a new point be installed please fill out the network point installation form.
Where there is no existing network point the cost of installation is approximately €500 to €1000, but a contractor quote must be obtained.
For existing network points there is a €100 network connection charge (inclusive of rental for the first year) and an annual rental fee of €100 per annum thereafter. These activation charges do not apply to all locations in College, a list of exceptions is as follows:
- College Residences
- Dartry Office Areas
- CRANN Building
- Sports Hall
- Biosciences Building
- Biotechnology Building
- 15/16 Westland Row
- Unit 28, Enterprise Centre
A network cable, sometimes referred to as an ethernet cable, is required to connect your computer to the College network.
Network cables can be purchased from the Student's Union Shop at a cost of €5 for a standard 3 metre CAT6 network cable. Residents in Trinity Hall, Dartry may purchase a network cable from the main reception office in Dartry.
Network cables are standard 3 metres in length. Thus you must ensure that the network point is within 3 metres of your network card connection. Longer cables can be provided if required, subject to safety and technical constraints but please note there is a charge for this service. Contact the IT Service Desk to request a long network cable, indicating the required length.