Residential network FAQs
Can I connect more than one machine at once to the network?
No. Not to the wired port.
To connect more than one machine at once to the network in your room would require you to extend the network using a hub, switch or wireless access point. Extending the network in this way is not permitted; the ResNet has been designed to allow you to connect a single machine at a time to the port in your bedroom. You can change the connected machine as often as you like.
There is no restriction on the number of wireless connections you can make simultaneously.
Can I use a fixed IP address?
No. Only IP addresses allocated via DHCP (server assigned) can be used. If you attempt to set a fixed IP address yourself then you may cause an IP address conflict with another system on the network if the DHCP server attempts to allocate that address. If you choose the wrong address, you could deny access to the network for several hundred other people. You must ensure your computer is configured to automatically configure its IP address via DHCP.
The IP address you are allocated will be a "private" IP which is translated to allow you to access the Internet.
Can I use an ADSL or cable modem in my residence?
No. Most bedrooms do not have telephone or cable points and therefore ADSL / cable (or dial-up!) modems cannot be used. Where telephone points are provided, these are either connected to the University’s digital exchange, through which modems cannot operate; or require the use of a 'calling card' to use, which would make use of a modem extremely expensive.
Can I use Skype or other Voice over IP software?
It is perfectly acceptable to use Skype, or other Voice over IP software over the ResNet. (Note that whilst Skype is described as using Peer to Peer protocols, it is not a Peer to Peer filesharing application and is not prohibited by the AUP).
However, some of the rules imposed by our network equipment to manage traffic on the network may interfere with the functioning of VoIP protocols, making it difficult to make phone calls to locations outside the network. If you are having difficulty using a particular voice application over the network, please let us know so that we can investigate it.
Can you not prevent illegal P2P activity without punishing all customers?
It is unfortunately currently not possible to automatically distinguish between legitimate Peer to Peer file-sharing downloads (such as licenced music, copies of Linux distributions, etc) and downloads that contain copyright protected content.
This means we cannot only block the 'illegal' downloads made using Peer to Peer file-sharing applications, not allowing legitimate downloads to take place. To block the 'illegal' downloads we have to block the protocols entirely.
Is there a wireless internet facility available in the residences?
Wireless access is available across almost all bedrooms and kitchens in campus residences.
Setting up your own wireless access point in your room is strictly against the Acceptable Use Policy .
What do I need to connect to the network?
All you need in order to connect to the network is a:
- Computer equipped with an Ethernet network adapter.
- Windows XP operating system which is up-to-date via Windows Update.
- Standard RJ45 network cable in order to connect your computer to the network. Between 3 and 5 metres is suitable for most rooms.
- Up-to-date copy of anti-virus software. Warwick provide free anti-virus software to all students and staff.
- Valid IT Services account.
If you have a Macintosh, then connecting it should be quite straightforward, provided that it has an Ethernet adapter and is configured to obtain an IP address automatically. Should you run into problems, we provide information on how to check your configuration in Mac OS 9 and OS X in our self-help guide.
Also, most modern Linux distributions should work without any problems with the majority of Ethernet adapters, without the need for any manual configuration. You will need to ensure that the operating system is set to obtain an IP address automatically via DHCP.