Students and staff living in the NIU residence halls and Northern View Community have several options for connecting their computers to the Internet. Authentication to Cisco NAC is required in order to use the NIU network in the residence halls and Northern View Community. Residents are charged for ResNet Access & Support, which includes support of the hard wired and wireless connections in the residence halls and NVC; residents should contact the ResTech Helpdesk at 815-753-6267 if they experience any problems getting online.
*This list is not comprehensive and will change as new information becomes available. Wired connections may work for some devices.*
Personal routers and/or wireless access points are prohibited in the residence halls and Northern View Community. These devices can interfere with NIU Wi-Fi and can cause a degradation of the NIU provided service. Unmanaged switches can be used if residents want to connect more than one device in their room.
NIU does not permit residents to install their own wireless routers.
If personal wireless routers are detected on the network, ITS will either block the IP or MAC address of the router, or block the entire port in the room. The student will then be contacted by ResTech staff, the NIU Abuse Investigator, or network engineers (depending on the severity and time of day).
All residents of the halls and Northern View Community will be assessed $92 per semester (fall 2013, spring 2014, and summer 2014) for ResNet Access & Support. The rate will remain the same for the 2014 - 2015 academic year and summer 2015.
The funds collected enable NIU to provide Internet access and support to residents, including dedicated Internet access to every room in the residence halls, NIU Wi-Fi in all floor lounges and student rooms, infrastructure upgrades, and support for the service provided by the ResTech Helpdesk and ITS.
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