Office of Information Technology

Connecting Your Macintosh to the Internet

Using an Ethernet Cable On Campus



  1. Click the APPLE MENU icon in the top left corner. 
  2. Select SYSTEM PREFERENCES
  3. Click the NETWORK icon from the menu that appears. 
  4. The LOCATION should be AUTOMATIC. From the CONFIGURE drop-down menu, select BUILT-IN ETHERNET
  5. Click the TCP/IP tab. 
  6. Select DHCP from the CONFIGURE drop-down menu. 
  7. Click SAVE
  8. Restart the computer. 
  9. Open your Web browser. 
  10. Enter the URL of any Web site outside of AU, and you will be redirected to the SafeConnect Authentication page.
  11. Login with your myAU.american.edu USER NAME and PASSWORD. Then, click the LOGIN button.

IMPORTANT: E-mail, Internet applications, and Widgets accessing outside sites will not work until you have logged into the SafeConnect Authentication page.

If you have questions or experience problems, contact the IT Help Desk at 202-885-2550, helpdesk@american.edu, or AskAmericanUHelp.