Residential Life Computing Policy

Computing in the Residence Halls

The residence halls in Oakland (Avenue Apartments, Clifton, Irwin and Webster Halls) have complete 802.11n wireless coverage in addition to the wired Ethernet network. While the traditional wired network is useful for some desktop computers and gaming devices, Educational Technology Services (ETS) requests that residents with laptops try connecting to the wireless network for everyday computer use.

Personal Access Points and other Devices

All Oakland based residence halls have wireless coverage and the use of personal switches, hubs or wireless access points (APs) is prohibited. 802.11n wireless traffic is sent on a relatively small range of radio frequencies. Adding additional APs that are not connected, configured, and optimized to integrate with the wireless network in the residence halls will interfere with the current setup. This can cause signal degradation, loss of throughput and connectivity issues both for those residents nearby and for the entire network. As wireless printers can cause some of the same issues as APs, they are also prohibited on the wireless network. Residents are therefore required to connect printers to their computers using the USB connection.

Get an Ethernet Cable

If the wireless network does not meet your needs and you would like to use the wired network connection, Ethernet cables are available free of charge from the Office of Residential Life in Clifton Hall.