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Information for New Residential Students

Welcome to UC San Diego! ResNet provides high speed data access at no extra charge to all students living in the undergraduate Residence Halls & Apartments, as well as in select graduate housing facilities 

Getting Connected

For speed, security, and reliability, we recommend that you use the wired (Ethernet) connection for any computer that has the proper adapter. This is intended to be the primary network connection for your computer.

Encrypted wireless is available in the following areas:

  • Revelle College
  • Muir College
  • Marshall College
  • Warren College
  • Eleanor Roosevelt College
  • Sixth College
  • The Village at Torrey Pines

Please note that wireless access is guaranteed only in the common rooms, and you may experience slowdowns and congestion during peak hours.

Connecting your Computer

When you open your web browser, you will be redirectd to the ResNet authentication page to register your connection using your UCSD username and password. You will then be prompted to download the SafeConnect "Policy Key". The Policy Key will check to ensure that you computer meets the UCSD Minimum Network Security Standards, and is safe to allow on the network. To ensure that you computer meets these network security standards, ensure the following are set up correclty before arriving on campus:

  1. OS & Software Updates - Always Keep your operating system and applications up-to-date and patched. When you are connected on ResNet, you will have access to your computer's updates even before registering.
  2. Goodbye Passwords, Hello Passphrases - Protect your computer by using a passphrase. Easier to remember a more natural to type, a full sentence like "My favorite animal is the llama!" is actuallly much more secure than a shorter, harder to remember password like "I<#77AMAs".
  3. Antivirus - Make sure that you have an antivirus software program that is updated and running. We strongly recommend against using Norton AntiVirus, McAfee AntiVirus, and their internet security software. Instead, we maintain information on information on recommended AntiVirus software.
  4. Firewall - ResNet is a public network. Enable your built-in firewall to protect your computer from external attacks. The firewall is designed to keep your computer safe by blocking unsolicited incoming requests by default.

Connecting your Gaming Console or Personal Wired Router

Gaming Consoles

If your console has a built-in web browser, simply register your console like your computer by connecting to ResNet and opening up the web browser. If your console does not have a built-in web browser, ResNet will need to manually register the console. See here for more information.

Routers

Due to radio interference,, only students living in areas where WiFi is not provided (Coast Apartments) are eligible to register a wireless router. All students can register a wired router.

All routers must be reigstered with ResNet due to security reasons. See here for more information 

Illegal File Sharing & Copyright

ResNet is a public network. Copyright agencies like the RIAA or MPAA (Recording Industry and Motion Picture Associations of America) routinely scan are target public university networks for people who are sharing copyrighted material such as music, TV shows, and movies using peer-to-peer software like BitTorrent, Vuze, Transmission, Popcorn Time, etc.

Illegal file sharing violates federal law and you can be sued for damages! If ResNet receives notice that your computer has downloaded or distributed copyrighted material illegally, your computer will be blocked. If you are 

ResNet recommends all students uninstall peer-to-peer programs and are availble to assist with uninstallation. We also maintain a site with more information regarding file sharing, what's legal, and what's not.

Purchasing a Computer

ResNet provides support for both PCs and Macs, so buy according to your personal preference and your budget. When buying, make sure to review our requirements and recommendations.

The UC San Diego Bookstore has computers on display and provides educational discounts, so go try them out and find something you like.

You will also find both types of computers available to use in ACMS computer labs, which are accessible throughout campus.

 Recommended Accessories

If your computer does not have an Ethernet port built in, such as on all new Apple laptops, we highly recommend purchasing a USB Ethernet Adapter. This will allow you to take advantage of UC San Diego's Gigabit network and avoid Wifi congestion during peak hours.

We also highly recommend purchasing an external hard drive or USB storage device to back up your personal files and important school documents. There have been cases where students have lost their data due to hard drive failure or having their laptop stolen. Another option is to store your data through an online backup service, such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Need Help?

ResNet is here to help you with your networking and computing needs!

During Move-In Weekend and Welcome week, check the ResNet guide to see when we'll be in your area. After the quarter begins, we're avaiable for in-person, phone, and email support, so don't hesitate to contact us!


Revised 9/1/2015