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Choosing the Right Network Cable

OSU Access Wireless portal has returned

The login page for the OSU Access wireless network has returned. Information about that can be found here.

OSU Access is an unsecured/unencrypted wireless network. OSU IT staff recommend you use the Eduroam or OSU Secure wireless networks.

When connecting your computer to the network, you must use a network cable (also known as an Ethernet or CAT–5/CAT-5e/CAT–6 cable). A regular phone cable will not work, even though it looks similar to a network cable.

Network cables can be purchased at the OSU Beaver Store.

Phone & Network Cable Differences

  • The jack at the end of network cables is wider than a phone's cable.
  • Network cables are usually thicker and rounder than a telephone cable.
  • Network cables usually have more pins then phone cables.
  • Network cables have larger RJ-45 connectors and phone cables usually have smaller RJ-11 connectors.
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