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    (Original post by RightSaidJames)
    Bypassing University blocks on their network (however you do it) is not following their policies and could get you a warning, a suspension, or result in being kicked off altogether. Other users really shouldn't be telling you how to do it on TSR either.

    Obviously, 3G is fine because you're not using their connection.
    Yeah you're right but I was just saying the chances of getting caught without doing VPN and tunnelling is small...

    That said, I have taken my xbox with me and apart from the odd game of fifa against my friend, I have barely used it at all. Much more to do than spend time gaming
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    err i've found nearly all client based games do not work on the cardiff internet. (even stick arena)
    nearly all steam games work for some reason like css and TF2.

    For some reason heroes of newerth works aswel but you can't access the chat server/mmr games.

    it's more than likely the IT guys will tell you they won't open the ports. don't really think theres a way around it and to be honest it's not really worth the effort and hassle, just wait till year 2 when you get your own internet :P

    p.s. cheers for the heads up on guild wars, i didn't even bother trying that because i assumed it wouldn't work! might have to give that a spin again
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    when you get your own internet :P
    On the topic of that, if you're living in Uni-owned housing/flats in the second year, what's the situation with internet access there? Like properties owned by the Uni rather than independent renting.
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    depends what you mean. if you mean like houses that the uni own like student village, then you have to get your own internet. not suure what you mean though so can't help that much. also im a first year myself so my knowledge only really runs up to however far along the year we are ^^
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    (Original post by Pthaos)
    On the topic of that, if you're living in Uni-owned housing/flats in the second year, what's the situation with internet access there? Like properties owned by the Uni rather than independent renting.
    You pay for your own internet in uni-owned houses, so you can do as you like.
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    Thanks for the help guys
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    (Original post by Pthaos)
    So overall, there may be ways to get it working whilst still following uni policies such as a VPN or 3G... But its likely to be blocked via conventional means.

    Someone mentioned xbox live a few posts back, how does that stand at cardiff?
    It works nicely after a few tweeks , xbox live , next door has it im in taly south atm
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    (Original post by huntthehaunted)
    It works nicely after a few tweeks , xbox live , next door has it im in taly south atm
    "A few tweeks" meaning it's not supposed to work nicely, but it can be made to work? :P

    I'm not going to do anything they've barred which could compromise my internet access as a whole, but if it can be made to work while still following the Uni regulations I'd love to hear about it
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    There's always a way :P
    I'm going to halls this year as well and i want to be able to do a spot of casual fps at least.
    Basicly, stay within the official policy and don't do anything to piss the I.T. department off and everything will be fine. most of the time I.T. guys are gamers as well (i'm an i.t. support guy atm, i'm at work right now lol) so they'll most likely won't have a problem and might even help you out by letting you know which ports are completely blocked and which protocols aren't allowed n such..
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    (Original post by Pthaos)
    "A few tweeks" meaning it's not supposed to work nicely, but it can be made to work? :P

    I'm not going to do anything they've barred which could compromise my internet access as a whole, but if it can be made to work while still following the Uni regulations I'd love to hear about it
    put a mac + Ip filter on the xbox to match the laptop registered not sure if that goes against it
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    (Original post by huntthehaunted)
    put a mac + Ip filter on the xbox to match the laptop registered not sure if that goes against it
    That's very much against uni policy, yes, as it'd be bypassing the system used to approve devices on the network.
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    (Original post by RightSaidJames)
    That's very much against uni policy, yes, as it'd be bypassing the system used to approve devices on the network.
    ahh then it was never done and im talking theoretically ?
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    Right, I just read all the I.T. Policy documents, and the JANET Acceptable Use Policy. There is nothing there that explicitly forbids online gaming. There is very little to restrict how you go about being able to play games.

    Basically it goes as follows:

    Don't conceal the destination or source of data. (No proxies, packet forwarders, website unblockers)
    Don't do anything to waste the effort of staff.
    Don't do anything to severely decrease network performance.

    On a slightly different point, both the Cardiff Uni I.T. Policy and JANET Policy forbid the creation and transmission of indecent images. So yeah, no porn.


    This isn't to say that the second you use a proxy or decide to "Research" the adult entertainment industry you're gonna get kicked off the network and get in trouble.

    But if you are clearly on a website that would otherwise be blocked infront of I.T. staff on a Uni owned PC or download massive amounts of porn I'm sure they'll notice and you'll have some explaining to do.
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    xbox live is blocked but everyone gets round it and no one gets caught, the tech guys in the union know people do it too, they just dont bother doing anything serious. they change the system every year, but tech geeks get around it and the word spreads so quickly that by october everyone is on again. this year all we had to do was make the mac adress of the xbox the same as your laptops. me and my flatmates probs play 20 hours a week, plus all the hours after we come back from a night out.

    easiest way to ruin your stats on any game is to play online at 3am whilst totally hammered.
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    (Original post by huntthehaunted)
    put a mac + Ip filter on the xbox to match the laptop registered not sure if that goes against it
    Xbox live is much easier if you've got a windows 7 computer. Just download and install connectify and your Xbox will connect through your laptop just fine. Hence a few people I know whose life consists only of playing Fifa and drinking. Usually both.
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    (Original post by torky)
    Right, I just read all the I.T. Policy documents, and the JANET Acceptable Use Policy. There is nothing there that explicitly forbids online gaming. There is very little to restrict how you go about being able to play games.

    Basically it goes as follows:

    Don't conceal the destination or source of data. (No proxies, packet forwarders, website unblockers)
    Don't do anything to waste the effort of staff.
    Don't do anything to severely decrease network performance.

    On a slightly different point, both the Cardiff Uni I.T. Policy and JANET Policy forbid the creation and transmission of indecent images. So yeah, no porn.


    This isn't to say that the second you use a proxy or decide to "Research" the adult entertainment industry you're gonna get kicked off the network and get in trouble.

    But if you are clearly on a website that would otherwise be blocked infront of I.T. staff on a Uni owned PC or download massive amounts of porn I'm sure they'll notice and you'll have some explaining to do.
    Actually, neither policy defines what obscene actually means, so there's no way of knowing if porn is allowed or not.


    (Original post by james lane)
    xbox live is blocked but everyone gets round it and no one gets caught, the tech guys in the union know people do it too, they just dont bother doing anything serious. they change the system every year, but tech geeks get around it and the word spreads so quickly that by october everyone is on again. this year all we had to do was make the mac adress of the xbox the same as your laptops. me and my flatmates probs play 20 hours a week, plus all the hours after we come back from a night out.

    easiest way to ruin your stats on any game is to play online at 3am whilst totally hammered.
    By "the tech guys in the union" do you mean the IT helpdesk in the little cubby hole next to the newspaper stand, or the people who work in the IT Shop? If the latter, they don't care because they work for the Union, not the University.
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    No porn? ****!
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    Well, turns out I am going to Cardiff, so the plan as it stands now is to look into getting some kind of 3G connection, and hoping for the best.
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    (Original post by Duffking)
    You may be able to use a VPN or something, I know a few guys who use them to get torrents working ok.
    Thats wht I was told on the open day, just get a VPN and you can pretty much do anything. I was told you only have to pay £20 a year...could be month.
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    I was in residences last year, and a way to successfully get around the blocking of ports is to use a VPN. I used this service:
    http://www.your-freedom.net/

    I only did it in the last month of the residences because I was on my way to completing my exams. I was not told off or maybe they just didnt care enough.

    Anyways if you really want to play wow or games that are block that would be one of the ways.
 
 
 
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