How to connect to a laptop point on campus


This document describes how to use the laptop points in the Library and CLM B.04 (Clement House) to access the LSE wired network on campus.

This service offers students a network connection to the Internet, H: space, Email, LSE printers, electronic Library resources, and free anti-virus and security tools.

To gain full access to the LSE network and external sites students are required to log on to a secure web page with their computer as described below, and to install and regularly update Antivirus Software. A network installation of Sophos Anti-Virus| software which updates automatically is available free of charge for current LSE staff and students.

Before you start the network configuration

This document assumes that the network card has already been installed successfully. Most computers are supplied with network adaptors preinstalled but if you need to purchase one, there are stores close to campus:


125 -130 The Strand, London WC2A 0AP

52 - 54 High Holborn, London WC1V 6RL

PC World:

145 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7NE

14-20 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4TW

You will also require an RJ45 Network cable. 

Connect to the network  

  1. Connect the cable and adaptor to a working network point

  2. Test your connection using your internet browser by opening the LSE web site at

  3. You will be redirected to a secure logon page at

  4. For full internet access log on as a Registered User in the top left hand corner using your LSE username and password, or JANET roaming login details as provided by your home institution
    Connection will be enabled once authentication has occurred

Antivirus Software

Staff and students who wish to connect their own computers to the LSE network are required to install and regularly update antivirus software. LSE strongly recommends the use of Sophos Anti-Virus, available free from| to all current staff and students. This software, in conjunction with the registration process will enable LSE to automatically update Antivirus software throughout the school and minimise the risk to all network users.

To avoid spending any time connected to the Internet without antivirus software installed on your machine, you should follow the instructions in this order:

  1. Download the new antivirus software (Sophos)
  2. Disconnect from the Internet
  3. Uninstall your existing antivirus (e.g. McAfee)
  4. Install the new antivirus software (Sophos) 

Access LSE resources

Once connected to the network, you can access LSE resources such as:

Detailed instructions are available online via the Using your own computer home page|.


The Windows default network settings should be correct for connection to the LSE network. If possible, first check your computer with a cable and network point that is known to work.

If you're unable to access the LSE website at|, please check to ensure that your computer is configured to use DHCP.

 If you receive a Duplicate name exists on the network error, please change your computer name as follows (Windows users only):

  1. Log on as an Administrator if necessary
  2. Click Start | Control Panel | System
  3. Windows Vista/7 users only: Click Advanced system settings
  4. Select Computer Name tab
  5. Click Change
  6. Enter T-USERNAME as your computer name (i.e. your LSE network username)
  7. Click OK
  8. Restart your computer

Most computers are configured to join a Local Area Network by default, but should you experience problems due to broadband or dial-up settings Microsoft Windows users should check Internet Option Connection settings.

  1. Click Start | (Settings) | Control Panel
  2. Double click Internet Options
  3. Select Connections tab
  4. Select Dial whenever a network connection is not present
  5. Click LAN Settings
  6. Tick Automatically detect settings
  7. Untick any other options


Reviewed September 2012