Information about ResNet
Each student living on campus is provided with network access through our ResNet (Residential Network). The services that are offered as part of ResNet include access to the internet and academic resources. All standard operating systems are supported, including Windows, Macintosh, Unix, and Linux. This article explains the different type of connections, what equipment is needed, what Bradford Dissolvable Agent is, and the security requirements.
There are three ways to connect to the internet in student's residences:
- smcm-guest - SMCM-Guest is the open wireless network located in the student residences on campus. This network is not a secured network and should only be used by guests of the college or when the secured wireless network is not available. Connecting to SMCM-Guest will provide more information about how to connect to this network.
- ResNet Secured Wireless - ResNet Wireless is the secured wireless network located in the student residences on campus. Connecting to ResNet Secured Wireless will explain how to initially set up the wireless network for your computer. The first time you connect a device to the ResNet Wireless or the ResNet Wired network, you will need to complete a security scan and register your device with Network Sentry. Registering Your Computer For Use With ResNet will provide you with instructions on completing this registration process.
- ResNet Wired - ResNet Wired is the secured wired network located in the student residences on campus. You can connect to this network through the ethernet jack available in your room. The first time you connect a device to the ResNet Wireless or the ResNet Wired network, you will need to complete a security scan and register your device with Network Sentry. Registering Your Computer For Use With ResNet will provide you with instructions on completing this registration process.
Students will need the following computer equipment in order to use ResNet:
- 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Network Card (NIC)
- Ethernet Cable (Standard RJ45/CAT5)
- Power strip with surge protection
- 802.11 b/g/n, or 802.11 a/n Wireless Network Card (NIC)
These items may be purchased at any store selling computer items, or at the SMCM Campus Store located in the Campus Center. Students and staff will be available to assist in the setup of these items as well.
The following will not be supported in residence halls because they will interfere with our new wireless network:
- Personal Routers
- Wireless Printers
- Mobile Hotspots
To protect students and their machines, as well as the campus network, all computers that are connected to ResNet must be registered with Network Sentry. An application called Bradford Dissolvable Agent is used to ensure compliance with campus security standards. Students will be prompted to download the Bradford program and begin the network registration process the first time they connect to ResNet. Registering ensures that:
- Only authorized users are allowed to use network resources.
- Troubleshooting connectivity problems.
- Allows us to quickly identify and isolate computers that may have been compromised by a virus or other malware.
Registering Your Computer For Use With ResNet will provide detailed instructions on registering your computer.
Once the BDA is downloaded to the client machine and installed, it will check the student’s computer and ensure that it meets the campus security policy. If the computer fails the security policy, it will be moved out of the production network into a remediation network. After the student has corrected the security issues and the computer has passed the security policy, it will be moved back to the production network.
In order to be registered, a computer must have one of the following operating systems and meet the following requirements:
- Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Windows Vista (Service Pack 2), Windows 7, or Windows 8. Updating my Computer's Operating System provides instructions on ensuring that you have the correct updates.
- Anti-virus with current definitions installed.
- Anti-spyware with current definitions installed.
Mac OS X
- Mac OSX Snow Leopard (update 10.6.8), Mac OSX Lion (10.7), Mac OSX Mountain Lion (10.8), Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9). Updating my Computer's Operating System provides instructions on ensuring that you have the correct updates.
- Anti-virus with current definitions installed. If you install ClamXav, it is not initially configured to update virus definitions automatically. Follow the instructions on how to update ClamXav Virus definitions for Mac automatically.