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Information Technology Orientation - Internet Connection and Computer Access

Where can I get access to a computer?

Gordon State College offers students access to many computer facilities located around our campus. These facilities house state-of-the-art computers for students' academic use. All computers on campus are connected to the campus network and have Internet access. All computers at Gordon run Microsoft Windows and the full Office Suite. Our computer facilities can be found in the locations listed below. View hours of operation for each facility as well.

Places to access a computer...

Facility Location Hours
Academic Computer Lab Academic Building 109 [view]
Instructional Complex Computer Lab Instructional Complex 107 [view]
Library Computing Designated Area Library (First Floor) [view]
Student Success Center Student Center 235 [view]
Gordon Village
( residents only )
Third Floor 24/7
Gordon Commons
Computer Lab
( residents only )
Gordon Commons A, B & C
(Third Floor)
24/7
Melton Hall
( residents only )
Second and Third Floor Lobby Areas 24/7

View our online campus tour for building locations.

How do I logon to a Gordon lab computer?

Gordon computers located in our lab facilities are for students only and are password protected. Students are required to logon to a Gordon computer in order to access its resources. Gordon provides every student with a network account. Your network account allows you to access computing services and resources such as lab computers, residence hall Internet, disk space, wireless (Wi-Fi) Internet, email, etc. Network accounts are created for a student once they have been accepted to the college. Follow the instructions below to logon to a computer on campus:

Username...

  1. To access a Gordon-owned lab computer, first you will need to obtain your Gordon network username. This username is the SAME username used to access your email account. Therefore, if you have already successfully logged into your email account, use that same username and password combination to logon to a computer at Gordon. Otherwise, continue with step #2 below.
  2. Your username is your first initial, last initial and last 6 digits of your GCID#. For example, new student John Doe with GCID# of 929046512 will have a network username of jd046512. You can look up your username online by going to http://www.gordonstate.edu/mygordon/ and clicking on 'Lookup My GCID#'. Within the smaller pop-up window, enter your last name, date of birth, and last 4 digits of your Social Security Number in the text boxes provided and press the 'Lookup' button Your username will be printed next to the bold heading NETWORK / GeorgiaVIEW USERNAME. Remember this username!
  3. Once you have had your Gordon College ID Card made, your username will also be printed on the back of your Gordon College ID card under the magnetic strip (see Fig 1 below).

Password...

If you have NOT already activated your email account online by resetting your password, you will be required to use your initial password for your first logon attempt to a Gordon computer. Otherwise, use the password you created previously online when you were following the steps to access your email account.

Your initial network password (if you have NEVER changed it) is arranged as follows...

First initial in UPPERCASE
+
Last initial in lowercase
+
Last six digits above the bar code on the back of your Gordon ID Card

For example, John Doe, with a bar code number of 2 0445-012345678, will have an initial network password of Jd345678.

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Fig 1: Back of Gordon College ID Card

Logging into a computer...

Once you have your network username and password on hand, follow the instructions below to logon to a computer...

  1. When you power on a Gordon State College computer, you will get a dialog box to log into the network after you press CTRL + ALT + DELETE. If someone else has logged into the PC before you - it may show GORDON.NT\ followed by their username. Click on the Switch User button to change the username.

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    Fig. 2

  2. Enter the username that you obtained from the lookup instructions above in the first text box**.
  3. Enter your initial password combination in the second text box or if you have already logged into your email account online you will need to use the password that you have already created.
  4. Click the right arrow button to login.

    If this is the first time you have logged into a computer and have NOT previously changed your password to access your email, a dialog box will appear requiring you to reset your password. Enter a new password by following the complex password standards outlined on our web site at http://www.gordonstate.edu/departments/computerservices/network_password.asp.

  5. You should now be logged into the computer and can now see the Microsoft Windows desktop.
  6. Remember to log off the computer when you are finished by clicking on the Windows start menu (bottom-left) and choosing 'Log off' (see Fig 3 below). It is very important that you log off when you are finished. If you do NOT, others may be able to access your files and email.

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Fig. 3

**For all students, your Gordon State College username will be printed on the back of your Gordon College ID card under the magnetic strip.

Does Gordon offer Wireless (Wi-Fi) Internet?

YES. Gordon State College provides all students free wireless Internet access around many locations on the Gordon State College campus. The wireless "hot spots" or WiFi access points on campus include most of the public areas around campus as well as the majority of our academic classrooms and administrative offices. Public areas include the lobby and hallway areas inside the buildings and greenspaces surrounding most of our facilities. You will need a wireless adapter (network) card with 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n compatibility in your laptop to connect.

Wireless Configuration (Microsoft Windows 7)...

  1. Click on the Network Connection icon in your Windows desktop notification area located on the bottom right of your screen.

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  2. In the list of available wireless networks that appear, click on GordonWireless or Gordon Extreme and then click on the Connect button. If you would like it to connect automatically the next time, check the box next to 'Connect automatically' before you click Connect.

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  3. The Connect to a Network message will appear as the computer connects to the Gordon wireless network.

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  4. When finished, the Network Connection icon should appear with while bars. Click on the Network Connection icon again to see if you have successfully connected to the Gordon wireless network. The wireless network name will show the message Connected next to the green bars.

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  5. You should now be connected to the Gordon State College wireless network. Open your browser to connect to the Internet and authenticate through the Gordon network logon screen (See User Authentication instructions below).

For more detailed instructions on how to view and connect to available wireless networks in Windows 7, go to Microsoft's Windows 7 Help page at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/View-and-connect-to-available-wireless-networks.

Wireless Configuration (Microsoft Windows XP)...

  1. Double-click the Wireless Network Connection' icon in your Windows desktop system tray located on the bottom right of your screen.

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  2. Click on the 'View Wireless Networks' button at the bottom of the Wireless Network Connection status screen.

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  3. Select GordonWireless or Gordon Extreme from the list of available wireless networks and then click on the 'Connect' button at the bottom right of the screen.

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  4. You should now be connected to the Gordon State College wireless network. Open your browser to connect to the Internet and authenticate through the Gordon network logon screen (See User Authentication instructions below).

User Authentication...

Gordon State College requires students using the campus network to be authenticated through a web browser using their network username and password. Authentication simply means that you will need to provide your Gordon network username and password in order to access the Internet. Only the Gordon State College web site can be accessed without logging on. When you open your web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc. and your network settings are configured properly you will be automatically redirected to the Gordon network logon screen (see example screen).

NOTE: Most browsers will show a Certificate Error screen before the network logon screen. On this screen, click on the link 'Continue to this website (not recommended)' to continue.

For more detailed instructions on how to connect your PC or laptop to our campus wireless network, visit the site located at http://www.gordonstate.edu/departments/computerservices/internet.asp#wifi.

Username...

  1. You will need to know your Gordon network username. You likely have already obtained your username by accessing your email account or if you have logged onto a Gordon computer...If not, you can lookup your username online by going to http://www.gordonstate.edu/mygordon/ and clicking on 'Lookup My GCID#' .
  2. Within the smaller pop-up window, enter your last name, date of birth, and last 4 digits of your Social Security Number in the text boxes provided and press the 'Lookup' button
  3. Your username will be printed next to the bold heading NETWORK / GeorgiaVIEW USERNAME. Remember this username!

Password...

If you have NOT already, you will need to reset your password at least once before you will be allowed to access our wireless network. To create a new password follow the steps provided below...

NOTE: IF YOU HAVE ALREADY CHANGED YOUR PASSWORD TO ACCESS YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT OR LOGGED ON TO A GORDON COMPUTER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESET YOUR PASSWORD. YOU WILL USE THE PASSWORD YOU PREVIOUSLY CREATED.

  1. From http://www.gordonstate.edu/departments/computerservices/email.asp, click on 'Network Password Reset' located near the center of the page.
  2. Once the pop-up window appears enter your username in the text box provided and press the 'Submit' button. This is the username that you recorded by following the Username Lookup instructions detailed above.
  3. Once the next screen appears, answer the security question and then enter a new password in the text boxes provided. Make sure your new password conforms to the complex password standards detailed in the left column of the Network Password Reset pop-up window. Click 'Submit Reset'.
  4. You should see a message indicating that your password was reset successfully, if not, try again. Once your new password is created, you can now use your username and new password to access our wireless network.

Do I have Internet service in my dorm room?

YES. All computers at Gordon State College are connected to a high-speed network that give students, faculty, and staff access to computing services such as the Internet, email, etc. If you own a personal computer and are living in one of our residence halls, you CAN connect your computer to our high-speed network and use the Internet free of charge! No modem will be needed. All you need is a Ethernet card built into your computer and a Cat-5 ethernet cable to connect to the jack in your wall.

User Authentication...

Students using any part of the campus network, including Internet, must be authenticated. Authentication simply means that you will need to provide your Gordon network username and password in order to access online resources. From your personal computer, when you open a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc. and your network settings are configured properly; you will be automatically redirected to the Gordon network logon screen (see example screen). Only the Gordon State College website can be accessed without logging on.

For more detailed instructions on how to connect your PC or laptop to our campus residence hall network, visit the site located at http://www.gordonstate.edu/departments/computerservices/internet.asp#reshall.

Username...

  1. You will need to know your Gordon network username to logon to the Internet from your personal computer. You likely have already obtained your username by accessing your email account online or if you have logged onto a Gordon computer...If not, you can lookup your username online by going to http://www.gordonstate.edu/mygordon/ and clicking on 'Lookup My GCID#' from the left-side menu on the screen.
  2. Within the smaller pop-up window, enter your last name, date of birth, and last 4 digits of your Social Security Number in the text boxes provided and press the 'Lookup' button
  3. Your username will be printed next to the bold heading NETWORK / GeorgiaVIEW USERNAME. Remember this username!

Password...

If you have NOT already, you will need to reset your password at least once before you will be allowed to access the residence hall network. To create a new password follow the steps provided below...

NOTE: IF YOU HAVE ALREADY CHANGED YOUR PASSWORD TO ACCESS YOUR
EMAIL ACCOUNT OR LOGGED ON TO A GORDON COMPUTER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESET YOUR PASSWORD. YOU WILL USE THE PASSWORD YOU PREVIOUSLY CREATED.

  1. From http://www.gordonstate.edu/departments/computerservices/email.asp, click on 'Network Password Reset' located near the center of the page.
  2. Once the pop-up window appears enter your username in the text box provided and press the 'Submit' button. This is the username that you recorded by following the Username Lookup instructions detailed above.
  3. Once the next screen appears, answer the security question and then enter a new password in the text boxes provided. Make sure your new password conforms to the complex password standards detailed in the left column of the Network Password Reset pop-up window. Click 'Submit Reset'.
  4. You should see a message indicating that your password was reset successfully, if not, try again. Once your new password is created, you can now use your username and new password to access the Internet.