The Acceptable Use Policy for the ResNet service explicity prohibits installing and using peer to peer file-sharing applications on the network, because of the network performance and reliability issues they can cause. This is a sample list of applications which are covered by the term 'peer to peer file-sharing applications' and which must not be used.
- Encrypted Bittorrent
- Behavioral P2P
- Gnutella File Transfer
- Gnutella Networking
- FastTrack KaZaA Networking
This list is only intended to be illustrative; there are many other peer to peer file-sharing applications and if you are in any doubt as to whether an application you would like to use is classified as one then you should contact us first to check.
There are other types of application that sometimes use the phrase 'peer to peer' (without file sharing) to describe themselves. One example of this type of application is Skype, a piece of popular Voice over IP software. Skype, and other similar applications, are not included in this prohibition and it is within the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy to install and use them. Again, if you are uncertain as to whether an application you would like to use falls into this category, then you should contact us first to check.