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Residential Network

Residential Network

FAQ

  1. What Services can the CSU Residential Network provide for me?
  2. Who can register for a Residential Connection?
  3. What kind of PC do I need to connect to ResNet?
  4. Will my current computer meet ResNet requirements?
  5. What kind of Ethernet adapter do I need?
  6. Can I connect to ResNet with a computer that does not meet the requirements?
  7. Can I connect to ResNet with an Ethernet adapter that is not on the recommended list?
  8. How do I register for ResNet?
  9. What can I expect to happen when I sign up for a Residential connection?
  10. What is considered acceptable use of my ResNet connection?
  11. Where can I get additional information about ResNet and other campus computing facilities?
  12. How do I find my MAC address?

1. What Services can the CSU Residential Network (ResNet) provide for me?

Your link to the CSU network can be an invaluable learning tool. The CSU network provides you with Internet access and electronic mail service in your room. The CSU network can be used without tying up your phone line and is much faster that a normal modem connection. You can check and send e-mail as if you were in the labs. You can use the Internet to research topics and use the online catalog at the CSU Library, access GALILEO, as well as other resources throughout the world.

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2. Who can register for a Residential connection?

Anyone who is currently enrolled as a student at CSU Broadway Crossing, Columbus Hall, Courtyard I, Courtyard II, Fontain, Oglethorpe, One Arsenal Place, or Rankin Lofts is eligible to register for a ResNet connection.

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3. What kind of PC do I need to connect to ResNet?

Minimum System Requirements

Windows compatible PC:

  • Any computer capable of running Windows Vista or higher.

Macintosh:

  • OS X compatible system.

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4. Will my current computer meet ResNet requirements?

The RNet representative can evaluate your machine if you are unsure of your computer specifications. After the evaluation, you will be informed if your computer meets ResNet requirements. To make an appointment to have your computer evaluated, email us at repair_shop@columbusstate.edu .

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5. What kind of Ethernet adapter do I need?

We recommend that you purchase one of the following brand name Ethernet cards *

IBM or compatible: 3Com, SMC, Intel, IBM, or Kingston

Macintosh: Apple, Farallon, Dayna, or Asante.

* These are recommended brands. You are not required to buy these specific brands.

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6. Can I connect to ResNet with a computer that does not meet the requirements?

No. If your machine does not meet the minimum requirements you will not be allowed to connect to the Residential Network. Our experience has shown that machines below the minimum are extremely slow and provide unsatisfactory results.

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7. Can I connect to ResNet with an Ethernet adapter that is not on the recommended list?

Yes. You can connect to the CSU network with an Ethernet adapter that is not on the recommended list. The Ethernet cards on the list have been proven to work on the CSU campus. Others may be used at your own risk.

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8. How do I register for ResNet?

Following the evaluation of your computer, you need to obtain and install any required hardware items (including an Ethernet card). Then you can make an appointment with the ResNet representative to assist you in installing or configuring the software required to let your machine work with the CSU network. You may elect to connect yourself by following the steps outlined in the technical page. If you elect to connect yourself to ResNet, be sure to e-mail your Mac address to your ResNet representative at repair_shop@columbusstate.edu.

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9. What can I expect to happen when I sign up for a Residential connection?

If you want the ResNet representative to help you get connected, you must first e-mail repair_shop@columbusstate.edu and make an appointment to have your machine evaluated. After your machine has been evaluated, you must purchase and install an Ethernet card if your computer doesn't already have one. You will then make a second appointment with the ResNet representative for your connection to the CSU network to be set up. The appointments are scheduled from 48 to 72 hours in advance. The ResNet representative will meet with you and assist you in resolving any software related problems. The ResNet representative will also resolve any connectivity or network media related problems and assure the Ethernet connection in your room has been activated.

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10. What is considered acceptable use of my ResNet connection?

Private machines connected to the university network

It is becoming more common for computer systems owned by students, staff, or faculty to be attached directly to the CSU network via on-campus attachment. Of course, the owner of a personal machine may use that machine at his or her discretion. However, the use of the university network is subject to all of the policies stated in this document.

  1. The owner of a machine connected to the university network is responsible for the behavior of users of that machine and for all network traffic to and from the machine.
  2. A private machine connected to the university network may not be used to provide network access to individuals who would not have access through official university systems. The private machine may not be used as a router to other networks nor may it serve in any way as an electronic gateway to non-university affiliated systems. All private machines connected in CSU campus residences must be registered with CSU through ResNet Services.
  3. Private machines may not use the university network for commercial gain or profit.
  4. Private machines may not be used to support anonymous or public ftp, http, or gopher Servers.
  5. All material served on private machines must contain the following disclaimer: "The material on this site is not endorsed, sponsored, provided, or on behalf of Columbus State University"
  6. Should the University have reason to believe that a privately owned system is using the network inappropriately, network traffic to and from that system will be monitored and, if justified, the system will be disconnected and action taken with appropriate authorities.

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11. Where can I get additional information about ResNet and other campus computing facilities?

You can e-mail any further questions to: repair_shop@columbusstate.edu

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