On campus internet access

All campuses offer Internet access, usually through a wireless network. It's also common that internet is provided in on campus residences by Ethernet cable, and this should be your preferred choice if you are in your room.

Connecting to your campus network requires some form of authentication, for example a username and password or some software key. This because you're responsible for the traffic you generate, and because accessing campus network usually allows you to use some electronic resources too (library electronic material, etc…).

You should look in the campus specific pages of this wiki to get more information about your specific campus. For example, for UCSD you should give a look to Resnet.

Internet access on campus is usually fast and reliable. No need to tell that this can tempt you to use that connection to download huge amount of data. You are strongly advised to download everything except copyrighted material. Remember that copyright is enforced in USA probably more than any other part of the world and it's easy (and common) to get sued for downloading movies and music. In case it happens, usually the suing company first contact the campus, which warn you. If it happens again, it's not unlikely that the campus network admins reveal your identity to the suing company. You have been warned! You can find more about that in the Law and Rules section.

Off campus internet access

Rules and laws

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