Student Dorm Network

Bandwidth Overview

  • Total bandwidth for the student network varies between 6 Mbps and 12 Mbps depending on time of day.
  • Peer-to-peer bandwidth is severely limited during the day to ensure high transfer rates for regular traffic.
  • Peer-to-peer bandwidth is unregulated at night between 1:00 am and 7:00 am


About Music Downloading and Peer-to-Peer Sharing

Due to the adverse impact of music downloading on network performance (in addition to the legal issues), the Student Senate has made the decision to block music downloading EXCEPT for the following times:1:00 am to 7:00 am

  • Additionally, music downloading will also be disabled during the week before finals and during finals.
  • Due to the dynamic nature of Kazaa and some of the other peer-to-peer software programs we have had to greatly restrict the communication ports available. 
  • If you attempt to access data types that are restricted you will see an Access Denied message.
  • If you are being restricted from accessing information that is needed by your studies, please submit a problem to the IT Help Desk.  Please make sure to specify the EXACT url that you are trying to access.
  • Dominican Radio is obviously not considered music downloading and has no restrictions on its use.

Security, Virus', Trojan Horses and Worms

One of the big problems with the student network is that a large number of student PCs are infected with one of the now famous virus's or worms.  These infected machines attempt to infect all the other student PCs on the network and adversely impact network performance by attempting to infect other PCs.  PLEASE take the time to read our guidelines on how to secure your PC so that your PC does not cause problems for others.

If we can identify a PC that is infected and is causing network problems, we will send a message to the individual PC asking the person to shut off the PC and call IT for help to remove the virus.  If the person does not respond to our notifications we will disable Internet access for that PC.  If you think that your PC may have had Internet access disabled, click here to see the list of PCs whose Internet access has been disabled.