All residence halls and University-owned apartments have both wired and wireless networks available to the students for connection to the Housing network. Generally speaking, all computers today, desktops and laptops, have built-in Ethernet cards and or wireless cards. However, in some cases, older computers are not equipped with Ethernet or wireless cards. For the student to access the Housing wired or wireless network, they must have at least one or both cards installed. Students will also need to bring a Cat5 or Cat6 network cable and a UL approved power strip with them. In order for two or more computers to connect to the wired network at the same time, an Ethernet switch and additional network cables will be required. Specifics are listed below.
Ethernet Network Cable
Students will need a Cat5 or Cat6 Ethernet cable with RJ-45 connectors. These cables can be purchased from the Technology Store located in Bracken Library in room 103 or they can be purchased and brought with them when they come to campus. (Remember if an Ethernet switch is going to be used, extra cables will be needed).
We recommend that students use a UL approved power strip with a built-in circuit breaker to power their computer equipment. These power strips can be purchased from the Technology Store located in Bracken Library in room 103 or they can be purchased and brought with them when they come to campus.
If two or more wired network connections are needed in a residence hall room, an Ethernet switch is recommended. These switches can be purchased from the Technology Store located in Bracken Library in room 103 or they can be purchased and brought with them when they come to campus.
It is very important to keep in mind, that when purchasing an Ethernet switch, you do NOT buy an Ethernet router, Access Point or Ethernet splitter. Some retailers may try to sell you a router as a substitute for a switch. Ethernet routers and/or Access Point (AP, Wi-Fi) devices are not compatible with the BSU residence hall networking equipment. These devices pose a serious security risk for users and will cause conflicts on the Housing network. If a network connection is found to have any of these devices plugged into it, the connection will be disabled immediately.