TCDconnect student network - How to get connected

The TCDconnect service allows students in Trinity residences and those who wish to use the student Wi-Fi network to register and connect their devices to the Trinty data network. Connecting to the TCDconnect service is a self-service process that enables you to connect to the network in a short timeframe as you are able to check for and meet the necessary software and security requirements.

The information below is also available in the TCDconnect Guide for Students booklet which can be picked up from outside the IT Service Desk in Áras an Phiarsaigh.

The Network Access Control system that helps automate the connection process ensures all computers connecting meet basic security requirements. For more information on this please see our outline of the benefits of using Network Access Control.

Please select from the list below whether you wish to connect to the student Wi-Fi network or to the 'wired' network in Trinity residences:

Connecting to the student Wi-Fi network

The steps to register your device for the student Wi-Fi network depend on whether you are in a Trinity location or not. For example, if you are at home you may wish to use Option 1 below to use the TCDconnect remote registration service. If you are on campus in an area with Trinity Wi-Fi coverage then follow the steps under Option 2.

Option 1 - Registering your device from Non-Trinity Locations

If you are at home or any non-Trinity location and if you are using a Windows or Mac OS X computer then you can use our TCDconnect remote registration service in order to register your device for the student Wi-Fi. This remote registration service lets you register your device without having to be in Trinity and lets you know if you meet the requirements for connection, saving you time when you do arrive on campus. Should you have any problems with the remote registration service you can try the steps below when you get into Trinity, or see our information on getting help below.

Option 2 - Registering your device from Trinity Locations with Wi-Fi coverage

Trinity Wi-Fi coverage is available from most Trinity College locations on and off campus - see our Trinity Wi-Fi coverage information. Follow the steps below to get connected.

  1. The first step is to configure your device to connect to the 'TCDwifi' Wi-Fi network. Select your device or operating system from the list below for step-by-step instructions:

  2. Launch a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari. If the TCDconnect welcome page does not display then browse to a web page external to TCD such as Google.

  3. Follow the steps on the TCDconnect welcome page to register your device. You may be required to download a security scan file to check that your device meets our security requirements.

  4. After completing registration, when you next launch your web browser you will be able to browse the web and make use of other available internet and network services.

    If you do not use the TCDconnect service for 40 days you will need to re-register by repeating the steps above.

'Wired' connection in student residences

The steps you follow to register your device for the TCDconnect service depend on whether you are in a Trinity location or not. For example, if you are at home you may wish to use Option 1 below to use the TCDconnect remote registration service. If you are on campus in residences then follow the steps under Option 2.

Option 1 - Registering your device from Non-Trinity Locations

If you are at home or any non-Trinity location and if you are using a Windows or Mac OS X computer then you may wish to use our TCDconnect remote registration service in order to register your device for the TCDconnect service. This remote registration service lets you register your device without having to be in Trinity and lets you know if you meet the requirements for connection, saving you time when you do arrive on campus. Should you have any problems with the remote registration service you can try the steps below when you get into Trinity, or see our information on getting help below.

Option 2 - Registering your device from Trinity Residences

Connection to the wired network in Trinity residences requires the use of a network cable (ethernet cable) and your computer must have an ethernet adapter.

  1. Insert the network cable into the data network point on the wall in your residence. A network cable may be purchased from the students union shop on campus and in Dartry.

  2. Launch a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari. If the TCDconnect welcome page does not display then browse to a web page external to Trinity, such as Google.

  3. Follow the steps on the TCDconnect welcome page to register your device. You may be required to download a security scan file to check that your device meets our security requirements.

  4. After completing registration, when you next launch your web browser you will be able to browse the web and make use of other available internet and network services.

    If you do not use the TCDconnect service for 40 days you will need to re-register by repeating the steps above.

Help with connection process

FAQs

If you encounter difficulties connecting to the TCDconnect service please check the TCDconnect FAQ.

TCDconnect network clinics

If you still need assistance then please book into and attend one of the TCDconnect network clinics to get one-to-one support for this service.

Service disruption notifications

Notices regarding service outages and other current issues will be posted to the IT Services home page and Twitter account.