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Connecting your computer to Calvin's Student Network

There are two ways for students to connect their personal computer to Calvin's network. Both require you to go through a sign-up process before connecting and both connections go through our web filtering software.

eduroam: Calvin's wireless network for students, faculty, staff, and visitors from other institutions using eduroam

ResNet (Residential Network): Calvin's wired network offering high-speed* ethernet connections to the Internet from on-campus dorms and apartments

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Noteworthy

Computer requirements 2013-2014

Policy on Responsible Use of Technology

Student Printing

Wireless locations

Security and maintenance

Web Filter - Request to block or unblock a web site

Useful software for your personal computer

Student file storage space

ResNet registration for internet-ready devices such as game consoles, Nooks, DVRs

What are the student networks at Calvin?

ResNet – ResNet is the wired network available in dorms and apartments.  Because this is a wired network, devices are connected via Ethernet cable.  Each dorm and apartment has ResNet ports available.  ResNet is available for personal computers and other Internet-ready devices (gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, etc).

eduroameduroam is the wireless network for Calvin students, faculty, and staff.  This network is available in all dorms and apartments as well as most of the rest of campus and can be used for personal computers and other mobile devices.

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What areas of campus are covered by the student network?

The student networks are both available in all dorms and apartments. Eduroam wireless is also available in other common and academic areas on campus. Please refer to the main wireless web page for an updated list of wireless locations.

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What devices are able to connect to the network?  What devices are not allowed?

Wireless devices must be capable of 802.1x authentication with wireless "g" or "n" (not "b").

In order to register your Mac or PC computer on the student network, the computer must meet minimum system requirements. Computers must be registered twice a year (before or at the start of the fall semester and during Interim or at the start of the spring semester).

Internet ready devices such as game consoles and DVRs can be connected to ResNet via Ethernet cable and registered on the student network once a year using the Internet Ready Device Registration page.

Common devices on the student network include but are not limited to:

  • Desktop computers (Mac or PC)
  • Laptop computers (Mac or PC)
  • Smart phones (Android, iOS, Windows, etc)
  • E-Readers (Kindle Fire, Nook, etc)
  • Tablet devices (iPad, Surface, etc)
  • Blu-Ray players or streaming TV devices
  • Game Consoles (Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, etc)

There are no computers, mobile devices, or Internet-ready devices that Calvin specifically bans from the student networks. If your computer or device has a virus that is sending out malicious web traffic, the device may be banned by CIT until the virus is resolved. You may also be subjected to daily bandwidth limitations (see below).

If you are having trouble connecting any device to the student networks, please stop by the HelpDesk during normal business hours or at an info fair during the summer passport sessions. The HelpDesk offers Wireless Setup HelpStations during the first week of Fall Semester - check StudentNews or Facebook.com/CITHelpDesk for details at that time.

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How do I connect to the student network?

ResNet - Connect your computer to the ResNet port in the wall via an Ethernet cable. Open your web browser, refresh the page, and follow the registration instructions on the page. If the registration page does not load, try clearing the browser's cookies and cache. If your network adapter is set to a manual IP address and/or DNS server for TCP/IP v4, you will need to change this setting to automatic. Note: In order to register your computer on the student network, the computer must meet minimum system requirements. Computers must be registered twice a year (before or at the start of the fall semester and during Interim or at the start of the spring semester).

If you are trying to connect an Internet ready device to ResNet, first connect the device via Ethernet cable and have the device attempt to browse or load content. This will not work until the device is registered, but in order for the device to be registered it must be "seen" on the network attempting to connect at least once. Go to the Internet Ready Device Registration page to register the device.

eduroam - Connect your computer or mobile device to the "wireless_setup_instructions" network. Open your web browser, refresh the page, and follow the registration instructions on the page. If the registration page does not load, try clearing the browser's cookies and cache. If your wireless network adapter is set to a manual IP address and/or DNS server for TCP/IP v4, you will need to change this setting to automatic. You can also view manual setup instructions for the latest computer operating systems here. Note: In order to register your computer on the student network, the computer must meet minimum system requirements. Computers must be registered twice a year (before or at the start of the fall semester and during Interim or at the start of the spring semester).

If you are having trouble connecting any device to the student networks, please stop by the HelpDesk during normal business hours or at an info fair during the summer passport sessions. The HelpDesk offers Wireless Setup HelpStations during the first week of Fall Semester - check StudentNews or Facebook.com/CITHelpDesk for details at that time.

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What type of Internet connection does Calvin have?

Calvin has a fiber-optic connection to our Internet service provider, US Signal. Calvin contracts a symmetric 500 Mbps Internet connection, which is shared between all devices on campus.

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How does the Internet connection get shared?

The Internet connection gets shared to all of our Internet connected devices on campus. CIT strives to promote the mission and vision of the college as well as meet the academic needs of faculty and students within the confines of finite Internet bandwidth resources and operating funds. CIT has the tools to restrict bandwidth within certain time intervals, closely monitor what types of traffic are using bandwidth, and appropriately allocate bandwidth depending on the type of traffic. Mission critical applications and services will continue to have high priority to Internet resources, while recreational activities will be at a lower priority.

The actual speed and bandwidth your devices receive will fluctuate throughout the day depending on overall usage on campus and peak usage times. CIT strives to provide a fast and responsive Internet connection to all users, and allow users to burst to high speeds when unused Internet bandwidth is available. Please note, you may get better Internet speeds by plugging into a wired port on campus instead of using the campus wireless networks.

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Are there restrictions to my connection? Are there bandwidth caps?

CIT does restrict and limit some forms for Internet traffic, mainly peer-to-peer applications (P2P). This includes protocols like BitTorrent, eDonkey, etc.

Additionally, to foster stewardship of our Internet bandwidth resources, CIT does impose a daily bandwidth limit on the all workstations, labs. student devices, and guests. CIT continually monitors this bandwidth limit and strives to make it so that less than 1% of our Internet users reach this limit on a daily basis. Certain CIT services, like on-campus resources, Moodle, and Blackboard Collaborate are never restricted even if an individual user reaches the daily bandwidth limit. The limit is not intended to be punitive or prevent students from completing academic work, but allows adequate bandwidth to remain available to the entire campus.

Users reaching the bandwidth limit will have their Internet bandwidth limited until the midnight reset of bandwidth limits. If you notice a drastic drop in your Internet bandwidth speed, it is possible you have exceeded your daily limit and your bandwidth has been restricted. You may contact the HelpDesk if you have questions about Internet speeds, or to see if you have been restricted.

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How often does Calvin upgrade our Internet connection speed?

CIT continually monitors our Internet connection with the mission and vision of the college in mind, while being stewards with the funds that our entrusted to us for use on our Internet connection. We will continue to make adjustments to bandwidth sharing, prioritization, and bandwidth limits to best serve the campus community. When these adjustments no longer provide adequate connection speeds for all our users, we will upgrade our Internet speeds. Typically we upgrade our Internet connection speed every 18-36 months. We last upgraded our Internet bandwidth in February 2013.

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Do I need an Ethernet cable?

You are not required to have an Ethernet cable but is a good idea to have one in case there is a wireless outage in your area and you need to connect to ResNet

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Can I setup my own router or wireless network on campus?

No, as this interferes with the student networks it is prohibited.  Repeated offenses will be escalated to Student Life.

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Is web content filtered?

Yes, Calvin uses a service called OpenDNS to help filter out inappropriate web content such as content that goes against the student handbook or the mission and values of Calvin College. Please see our page on web filtering for details on what is filtered and responsible use of the Internet at Calvin.

If you wish to have additional filtering on your personal computer, please contact the Broene Center to get setup with K9 Web Protection.

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What if something legitimate is being blocked, or something inappropriate is not blocked?

You may use this link to open a request to block or unblock a web site.  These requests are processed by Student Life. You can check the status of your case at any time.

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Am I allowed to bring a wireless printer?

Wireless printing is not prohibited, however most wireless printers purchased by students are not capable of the type of authentication required for the student network.  Also CIT does not support setting up or troubleshooting personal wireless printers.  If you need to bring your own desktop printer, you may also need to purchase a USB A to B cable so that it can connect directly to your computer.

Every student has a printing quota that resets each semester.  This quota allows students to print for free from Calvin lab computers to black and white or color lab printers and print from personal computers to WebPrint printers around campus.  If you exceed your semester quota, you may continue printing and the overages will automatically be charged to your Miscellaneous account. More information about student printing...

CIT recommends using the student print quota rather than purchasing a personal printer.  If you leave your printer at home you will have more free space in your dorm room and avoid the costs of supplying your own ink and paper.

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Can I print from my personal computer?

Yes! Students can submit print jobs from personal printers to several WebPrint printers conveniently located around campus. More information about printing to WebPrint printers from PaperCut...

Every student has a printing quota that resets each semester.  This quota allows students to print for free from Calvin lab computers to black and white or color lab printers and print from personal computers to WebPrint printers around campus.  If you exceed your semester quota, you may continue printing and the overages will automatically be charged to your Miscellaneous account. More information about student printing...

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