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Instructions For Windows Vista

If you are a student or guest at the Marion campus, the following instructions will help you connect your network cable, configure your computer and web browser and login to the Internet. If you want to connect to the wireless network at IWU see wireless_for_windows_vista. Feel free to call extension 2209 if you need any assistance.

Ethernet Network Card

In order to connect to the Internet your computer must have an Ethernet network card installed. Most newer computers will have one built in. It will look something like this…

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If you do not already have a network card, they can be purchased from a store that sells electronics such as Staples or Walmart. Just follow the included instructions to install the new card.

Network Cable

You will also need an Ethernet cable to connect your computer to the Internet. It will look similar to a phone cord but wider. Plug one end into your network card, and the other end into the port on the wall in your dorm room.


NOTE: Network cables are available for purchase in the campus bookstore.

Configure Windows Vista

Follow these steps to configure Windows Vista to automatically obtain an IP Address.

  1. Open the Start Menu and select Control Panel. 99f0e6956263aa16adec7e5bb6d889c4_media_20x14.png
  2. Double-click Network and Internet. adaa6f5bf2a20a7e316dbc84ee49dc5c_media_50x18.png
  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center. d84484a6fa1ccb5dd6834f23c4e18211_media_50x14.png
  4. In the left-hand column, click on Manage Network Connections. 95b8d62dcce1f3c409e160009e382a29_media_20x12.png
  5. Right click on Local Area Connection and choose Properties.f04055a5c302ab494232c362d8e5c094_media_20x16.png
  6. In the Properties window, double click Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4). 3ac7b2371cdbca1ecbca71638519a42c_media_20x23.png
  7. Select ”Obtain an IP Address Automatically” and ”Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically” and click OK. 339c752a6a8f3377554ece5262130653_media_15x15.png

Configure Web Browser


Internet Explorer

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer and go to the Tools Menu
  2. Select Internet Options
  3. Click the Connections Tab
  4. Check the ”Never Dial a Connection” box
  5. Click the LAN Settings button
  6. Uncheck all of the boxes and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

If you are using Mozilla Firefox 2.0:

  1. Open Firefox and go to the Tools Menu
  2. Select Options…
  3. Click Advanced and then select the Network Tab
  4. Check the Settings button
  5. Select ”Direct connection to the Internet.”

Login to iPrism

When you open your web browser to access the Internet you will be prompted to login to the IWU web filtering system called iPrism.


If you are a student, login with the username and PIN number provided to you at registration. For most people the username/PIN will be:

Username: firstname.lastname
PIN: password
NOTE: This is also the username and password for your email and IWU portal.


Guests can acquire a temporary username and password at the Information Desk in the Student Center.

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Applies To: Traditional students or guests who are using a Windows Vista computer.

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