Housing Network Access FAQ and Recommendations

All residence halls and University-owned apartments have both wired and wireless networks available to the students for connection to the campus network. Students will also need a Cat5 or Cat6 network cable and a UL approved power strip with them. In order for two or more computers to connect to the wired network at the same time, an Ethernet switch and additional network cables will be required. Specifics are listed below.

 

 

Ethernet Network Cable

Students will need a Cat5 or Cat6 Ethernet cable with RJ-45 connectors. These cables can be purchased from the Technology Store located in Bracken Library in room 103 or they can be purchased and brought with them when they come to campus. (Remember if an Ethernet switch is going to be used, extra cables will be needed).

 

 

Power Strip

 

The recommendation is that students use a UL approved power strip with a built-in circuit breaker to power their computer equipment. These power strips can be purchased from the Technology Store located in Bracken Library in room 103 or they can be purchased and brought with them when they come to campus.


 

Ethernet Switch

 

If two or more wired network connections are needed in a residence hall room, an Ethernet switch is recommended. These switches can be purchased from the Technology Store located in Bracken Library in room 103 or they can be purchased and brought with them when they come to campus.

 

Please Note:

 

It is very important to keep in mind, that when purchasing an Ethernet switch, you do NOT buy an Ethernet router, Access Point or Ethernet splitter. Some retailers may try to sell you a router as a substitute for a switch. Ethernet routers and/or Access Point (AP, Wi-Fi) devices are not compatible with the BSU networking equipment. These devices pose a serious security risk for users and will cause conflicts on the network. If a network connection is found to have any of these devices plugged into it, the connection will be disabled immediately.


 

 

 

 

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  • Topic #: 8197-3566
  • Date Created: 9/4/2013
  • Last Modified Since: 6/12/2014
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