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Campus Residents: Network & Internet

Each resident is provided wired Internet access. Design Square residents have two network ports available in each bedroom and others in the common room within each apartment. Schottenstein Hall residents are supplied with two network ports per bedroom; when two people share a bedroom, each will have one port.

CCADResNet: A Wireless Network for Residents Only

Designed specifically to meet the needs of campus residents, the CCADResNet Wireless Network is engineered to provide both security and performance. Limited to those living on campus, ResNet wireless is only available on the residence floors in the Design Square Apartments and Schottenstein Residence Hall.

ResNet provides private, encrypted wireless connections to deliver increased security for all of your online activities.

Increased Security = Specific Configuration Needed

Unfortunately, this added security means that your computer won’t automatically connect—there are specific connection steps required. This is a one-time inconvenience for each device. Once you get connected successfully, your configuration settings will be saved. Download the connection instructions here (2.7 MB PDF).

Each resident may connect up to three devices to the ResNet wireless system. Do not share your login information with others! (These are the same login credentials you use for other campus systems—anyone who knows your username and password could access those as well.)

Wireless networks are not as fast as wired connections so we recommend that you continue to use your wired network ports for desktop computers and other stationary devices.

Wired Network Access

Residents in both buildings share a common resident network that connects to the Internet but not to other campus network services. This allows IT to dedicate a specific amount of bandwidth just for dorm residents so activity in the classrooms on the academic network will not impact resident access.

P2P Apps

Even with a larger connection to the Internet dedicated to the resident network a few students running Peer-to-Peer file sharing applications can still monopolize bandwidth. Applications like BitTorrent, uTorrent, Limewire, Kazaa, iMesh, eMule, Ares, Gnutella, Azureus, Morpheus, and other P2P apps often serve files in the background by default. They can be very aggressive network citizens, often opening hundreds of connections at once and flooding all available bandwidth on the network. This activity crowds out others, slowing other activities to a crawl.

These apps can be very useful to share files legally, but they also pose another danger—if used to download or upload copyrighted content without permission, they can expose you to risk of legal prosecution. The RIAA and MPAA actively prosecute college students for copyright infringement, making this a very real risk for residents on any college campus. If you are infringing—even unwittingly—you can be subject to civil damages from $750 to $150,000 per infringement, and may even face jail time.

Working to Improve Network Performance

We are using traffic management tools to limit certain types of abusive traffi, and are working to increase overall bandwidth dedicated to residents. But the biggest performance improvements are possible with your help.

  • Don't leave P2P applications open when you're not using them (or uninstall them from your computer if you aren't using them at all).
  • Change the settings in the P2P application preferences to limit the number of files that it can upload or download at any given time, or set a bandwidth usage limit of not more than 256 kbps.
  • Try to limit your intentional downloading at peak times; for example, streaming Internet radio consumes bandwidth—depending on the source, it may only take 8 or so individuals listening to Internet radio stations to consume an entire T1 line!
  • Make sure that other 'Server' features on your computer or devices are turned off. This includes sharing your iTunes library, file sharing, printer sharing, etc. Some of these P2P apps also have a tendency to turn sharing features back on after an update, which can result in your sharing files without your knowledge.

With your help and the changes that have been implemented, we hope that you notice significantly better network performance.

Information Technology Contact: 614.222.6174

March 9, 2010