I recently moved into a room in a dormitory. This room has a wired internet connection.
The problem is that when I plug the cable into my laptop (HP Pavilion g15) it doesn't detect anything, it is like there is no cable and I tried everything from changing the cable to trying my laptop in another room.
It is actually a problem in the whole building, some students can connect, others can't. My friend's laptop can connect to the network using my room's connection.
My question is : Can the ISP block a connection so that the laptop can't even detect the network ?
UPDATE : -When I said "like there is no cable", I meant literally, windows doesn't detect that there is an ethernet cable connected.
-I tried all possible scenarios (changing the cable, connecting my laptop in a different room,etc) but nothing worked, it seems that the network allows some laptop to connect from any room and denies other laptops access also from all rooms. I also made sure that my ethernet port is working by connecting it to a router.
-There is no registration process to get access, you just insert the cable.
-I had already notified the housing office with the issue and they contacted the ISP, they have been trying to solve the issue for 3 weeks now and I really don't know why it is that difficult for them.
UPDATE : It has been a year and I almost forgot about this question but here is what happened next in case someone is interested :
The issue persisted for about a month, some laptops were able to access the network from all rooms (i.e. wall plugs), other laptops can't even detect it also from all rooms.
I contacted the people in charge in the dorms but they were extraordinarily slow so I had to do something on my own. I bought a small Wifi repeater, plugged the Ethernet cable into it and it worked right away with no extra config.
After a week or two some IT guys came to the building and installed routers in all the rooms (even for those who had no problem connecting). These were regular routers and they installed it just as I installed the repeater (which I took back to the store).
No one knew what was the original problem. I think they even decided to install the routers because they didn't know what was wrong. The single most strangest internet problem that happened to me.