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rhyncjl
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Hello!

I was redirected here by Northumbria about the accommodation provided by the university, with regards to some inquiries that I have.

I understand that all of the accommodation has wireless access. So my inquiry are as follows.

1) Are there LAN ports inside each room? And if there are,

2) Am I allowed to connect own wireless router configured as a bridge mode?


Thanks!
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Hi rhyncjl!

Most accommodations do have LAN ports in the rooms, usually at least one or two, although I can't speak for all places. The answer to your second question is, it depends. Yes, you most likely can use your own router as a bridge if you configure it properly. However, a lot of places don't use traditional ISPs, they use specialist ISPs such as Ask4 and StudentCom that manage the internet infrastructure for the building, which allows everyone to have a fair speed, as each student has there own account. The down side to this is that most of the time it means you can only connect two devices to your wifi at a time and that your speed is capped to something basic like 12mbps. Often, you can upgrade your account for an additional charge to have more devices or a faster speed (or both). So yes, you can most likely set up your own wifi network, but you may be limited depending on your ISP.
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Hi rhyncji

I will also be attending Northumbria university in September 2015 for computer science, and have applied for Trinity square accommodation.

LAN PORTS - I have contacted Northumbria accommodation, who referred me to Studentcom. Studentcom says they have installed LAN ports in all of the accommodation. (Looking at some Facebook pictures of the Trinity Square accommodation it looks like their is only 1 port per room).

LAN PORTS - When I asked Studentcom about plugin in a network switch I was told that their is only a limited pool of IP addresses for the network. (Assuming for DHCP) - (Assuming the correct amount for all the installed ports) This would mean at times a switch will and wont and they don't recommend you use one as it can affect other students.

BIT COIN - I also asked about bit coin mining, they said you cannot mine for bit coins on the network as the way the network is configured it would affect students, however I don't know if they were thinking I was running a bit coin mine at the same time as my computers using a switch.

WIRELESS ACCESS POINT - I too would like to install my Cisco WAP but will need to check with them during the week. I would assume that it is the same rules as the switch in that only one user be used due to affecting other students. However if they are allowed Studentcom will probably require you to put a certain amount of security on the WAP - Like WPA2-PSK encryption.

POSSIBLE EXCEPTION - I will be calling Studentcom again next week as I had a brainwave which might allow me to use a WAP, switch and other networking equipment without affecting the network. Studentcom keep mentioning that their network runs via (NAT) and a limited pool size. I will look into it but i had the idea of setting up my LAN network in my room but instead of plugging my switch directly into the LAN port, plug my switch into a ROUTER and the router to the LAN port.

^ - A bit long winded but I managed to get all this info and thought it might be useful to you as it isn't easily stated XD

Zak



P.S. - If your definitely going to Northumbria, and staying in their accommodation you can sign up for your internet package early ready for when you start university. If you sign up before the 1st of June you will get 50% off your broadband package.

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-...peed-internet/

^ Studentcom says all the links are the same and doesnt matter
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(Original post by Minionmum)
Hi rhyncji

I will also be attending Northumbria university in September 2015 for computer science, and have applied for Trinity square accommodation.

LAN PORTS - I have contacted Northumbria accommodation, who referred me to Studentcom. Studentcom says they have installed LAN ports in all of the accommodation. (Looking at some Facebook pictures of the Trinity Square accommodation it looks like their is only 1 port per room).

LAN PORTS - When I asked Studentcom about plugin in a network switch I was told that their is only a limited pool of IP addresses for the network. (Assuming for DHCP) - (Assuming the correct amount for all the installed ports) This would mean at times a switch will and wont and they don't recommend you use one as it can affect other students.

BIT COIN - I also asked about bit coin mining, they said you cannot mine for bit coins on the network as the way the network is configured it would affect students, however I don't know if they were thinking I was running a bit coin mine at the same time as my computers using a switch.

WIRELESS ACCESS POINT - I too would like to install my Cisco WAP but will need to check with them during the week. I would assume that it is the same rules as the switch in that only one user be used due to affecting other students. However if they are allowed Studentcom will probably require you to put a certain amount of security on the WAP - Like WPA2-PSK encryption.

POSSIBLE EXCEPTION - I will be calling Studentcom again next week as I had a brainwave which might allow me to use a WAP, switch and other networking equipment without affecting the network. Studentcom keep mentioning that their network runs via (NAT) and a limited pool size. I will look into it but i had the idea of setting up my LAN network in my room but instead of plugging my switch directly into the LAN port, plug my switch into a ROUTER and the router to the LAN port.

^ - A bit long winded but I managed to get all this info and thought it might be useful to you as it isn't easily stated XD

Zak



P.S. - If your definitely going to Northumbria, and staying in their accommodation you can sign up for your internet package early ready for when you start university. If you sign up before the 1st of June you will get 50% off your broadband package.

https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-...peed-internet/

^ Studentcom says all the links are the same and doesnt matter
Hey minionmum, do you know if studentcom allows torrenting?
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Hi Kwj

Here is a section found in the usage policy in studentcom

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You may not use CableCom Internet or the CableCom Network to send, receive, store, distribute, transmit, post, upload or download any materials or data which:
  • violates any Law;
  • is defamatory, offensive, abusive, indecent, obscene, or constitutes harassment;
  • is or may be harmful to minors;
  • promotes or encourages illegal or socially unacceptable or irresponsible behaviour;
  • is in breach of any third party rights (including any third party intellectual property rights);
  • has any fraudulent purpose or effect or involves you impersonating another person or otherwise misrepresenting yourself as the source of any communication; or
  • damages or may damage our name and/or reputation or the name and/or reputation of our sub-contractors or agents.
We do not filter other content which you may find distasteful, such as "adult" material. On this basis, we recommend that you consider installing additional software on your computer to prevent access to inappropriate websites or content on the internet.

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I would assume no, since you can download files in other more known ways and torrents are mostly used for illegal downloads. If in doubt call studentcom, even if you want to withhold your number they are actually very helpful


Also been looking at some old forums with some unis banning the use of wireless equipment and network hardware. LOL, these threads were 5 years old before the good times of tethering
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