ResNET - Internet in the dorms

If you are planning to live on the CU campus, you have the privilege of connecting through ResNET (Residential Network) in your dorm room. ResNET offers students the ability to connect to the internet and assist in their academic achievements.

With your connection to ResNET, you will also be able to access all of the electronic resources Cameron University provides. This includes student email, Aggie Access, Blackboard, and Library Catalogs.

Please familiarize yourself with the information below to get connected...

Computer Use Policy
You must read, understand and comply with the university's Computer Use Policy to avoid any violations that could possibly lead from termination of an account to expulsion from the university.


Getting Connected:

Attention Dorm and Village students: Personal computers must have network capabilities and a proper network cable in order to connect to the campus network.


          1. What kind of computer do I need?

          2. What type of cables will I need?

          3. Where can I get this stuff?

           4. How do I protect my computer from threats?

           5. Who do I call if I have connectivity issues?

Residential Network Policy

Background Information

Cameron University has an Internet connection to OneNet (the Internet Service Provider for State of Oklahoma agencies).  The Residential Network (ResNET) has a 45 Mbps connection to the campus network as well as to the Internet.   With over 400 residents on campus and 45 Mbps of bandwidth available, bandwidth limitations and classifications are a must.  Internet service is offered to students at no additional charge.

Equipment that connects to the campus network as well as to ResNet follow the OneNet Acceptable Use Policy as well as the Cameron University Computer Use Policy (https://www.cameron.edu/policies).

Bandwidth Policy

Bandwidth refers to the amount of information that can flow up and down the network.

Most residents use very little bandwidth as they browse the web, send e-mail and download an occasional file.  In the past, about 2% of the residents would use over 90% of the available bandwidth causing slowdowns and poor performance for everyone.

A bandwidth controller device as well as a firewall are in use on the residential network.  The bandwidth controller monitors all inbound and outbound network traffic.  It can identify and prioritize network traffic to provide a fair and equitable amount of bandwidth for all residents.  This means that the resident who wants to download music or movies will be extremely limited so that the bandwidth for all others is not degraded.  We now classify many of the “Peer-to-peer” applications such as Bit Torrent, iMesh, Gnutella, Kaaza, Morpheus, etc as entertainment traffic and it is given a much lower priority than web browsing and e-mail.

Information Technology Services has identified and cataloged the different types of traffic that move across the network; set priorities for the different types and where the traffic goes to or originates from.  At any given time, ITS may need to change the way certain services or types of traffic are cataloged and what level of service each one needs.

Virtually all network traffic from ResNet to official Cameron University servers is untouched.  There are no controls and no need to shape this, as it is “educational” traffic.

All normal web traffic is given a high priority!  Browsing the web is done by every resident, and nothing is as frustrating as waiting for a web page to load.  We give web traffic a special designation allowing it to have priority over other applications.

As long as bandwidth is available, each resident will receive a maximum bandwidth of 3 Mbps inbound (download) and 256 Kbps outbound (upload).  A minimum bandwidth of 28 Kbps will be guaranteed to each resident, as long as overall bandwidth is available.   The bandwidth settings (except for the guaranteed minimum) are equivalent to local Cable Modem service.  This policy allows everyone a “fair and equitable” amount of bandwidth.  Maximum bandwidth may be changed without notice.

Peer to Peer (P2P) Policy

Peer to Peer (P2P) is given the lowest priority and is also heavily limited.  This means there will be extremely slow downloads and problems connecting with other peers; however, the P2P traffic is not “Educational” by its very nature and is considered to be almost entirely illegal.  P2P is an incredible consumer of bandwidth, and no matter how much bandwidth is available, it would never be enough.  In the past, P2P traffic (Bit Torrent, Morpheus, Kaaza, Napster, Gnutella, AudioGalaxy, etc.) consumed such quantities of bandwidth that the legitimate educational uses of not only the residential network, but also the total Cameron University network suffered.

Regarding the legality of P2P traffic, if Cameron University receives any violations from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), MPA (Motion Picture Association), or any other industries, those violations will be investigated, and all documentation will be turned over to Student Housing / Student Affairs.  

Unclassified or Non-Educational Network Traffic

In some cases, the bandwidth controller is not able to fully catalog what traffic is being seen, so more investigation may be necessary to determine if the traffic is violating policy.  There may also be cases where residents are able to bypass bandwidth policies.  If a resident bypasses bandwidth policy intentionally, the incident will be investigated as a computer use violation.  In any instance where traffic does not appear to be educational or is harmful, residents will be warned about their activities and asked to conform to all policies.  If the resident still does not comply within the time allotted in the warning, network connectivity will not be allowed from the resident’s room and network access to the rest of the campus may be denied as well until the resident decides to stop their activities or cleanup his or her computer if it is infected or has malicious software installed.  In the event that malicious, harmful, or nuisance traffic is detected, the resident’s network port may need to be turned off immediately in order to investigate the problem or to help maintain a healthy network.

Authentication

Residents will be required to supply username / password credentials when initiating web sessions. 

Routers/Wireless Routers and Access Points

Each room has one network port.  If residents need more than one network port, ITS recommends the use of network switches rather than routers. 

Wireless access points and routers should not be installed in resident rooms if at all possible.  

For wireless information and policies, visit http://wireless.cameron.edu

Troubleshooting Information

Residents can send complaints or requests to Student Housing.  Information Technology Services is only responsible for troubleshooting network port connectivity.  ITS will use a tool to verify that network connectivity appears to be working.  This may include using a network test device or a laptop.  If a resident requests that an ITS technician work on his or her computer, or the resident has officially turned in a problem into Student Housing, the technician may agree, but is not required, to help the resident by working on his or her network equipment (desktop, laptop, etc.).  By turning in a trouble incident or by requesting a technician’s assistance, the technician is not responsible or liable for anything that may cause more problems to the equipment.

Message from Information Technology Services

Please remember that Information Technology Services strives to maintain a fair and equitable use of bandwidth. Further, we work daily to keep our network tuned and performing at peak!  We continually monitor performance, update hardware and software, and analyze network traffic to make sure no single program that is non-educational in nature interferes with your legitimate educational use of our network.

Housing Contact Info

Rm 111 McMahon Center
2800 W Gore Blvd
Lawton OK 73505
(580) 581-2392 voice
housing@cameron.edu