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Hampshire Network Information

What you will need to connect to our network

There is wireless connectivity in every dorm room, and wired ethernet connections in most. Most computers these days come ready to connect to wireless networks, in which case you don't need any special hardware to access our network.

If you choose to use an ethernet connection you will need an ethernet cable to connect to the wall jack. You will need an RJ45 ethernet cable to connect your computer to the network jack in your room. This is the same type of cable that is used to connect to highspeed cable and DSL connections in homes. We do have them for sale in our campus store, but you will find them for less money at your local Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples, or similar retailer.

NetReg: Network Registration and Activation

We require all students to register all of their computers on the network at the beginning of each year. Registration is required for both wired and wireless connections. You can register as many computers as you want and it only needs to be done once a year. You do not need to re-register if you change rooms, but you will need to register for both wired and wireless connections.

When you first plug your computer into the network or connect to our public wireless network, open up any web browser. You will be redirected to the NetReg page, which requires you to login using your HampNet account. Once you have logged in, your computer will be scanned for major security vunerabilities. Once the scan and registration are complete, you will be instructed to restart your computer and your connection will become active.

Wireless on Campus

We currently have wireless connections available in all public spaces including the library, academic buildings, and the dining commons, as well as in all student housing. Hampshire has two wireless networks:

  • Hampguest (public): This network does not require a login and has an entirely separate connection to the Internet. In this way, it is like sitting in an Internet cafe; you are not really on Hampshire's network while using this wireless network, and as such cannot access anything that is on-campus only, and on-campus services will be slower than when using wallace or the dorm networks. This network is only available in the public areas of campus. Students should register their guests' computers under their names if they have guests that need access in the dorms. In this way, you are taking responsiblity for the actions of your guests on our network.
  • Gromit (private): This network requires a Hampnet login, and provides full, direct access to on-campus services for students.
  • Wallace (private): This network is for faculty and staff only.

Private wireless access points are not allowed or supported, because they can create major problems with the campus network.

Peer to Peer Filesharing, Copyright Info, and Network Management

Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing is a fact of modern life on the Internet. It's something all network engineers have to deal with. There are many good things about P2P, but it makes life very difficult for people managing large networks, especially ones with limited resources.

Our goal is to maximize legitimate academic uses of our network. Sometimes, in order to do this, we have to limit the availability of certain P2P protocols. If we allowed unrestricted use of P2P filesharing, use of our network for legitimate academic purposes would be compromised.

We are aware of the fact that there are legal and illegal uses for P2P, and differentiating between the two is problematic. Therefore, we recognize that from time to time, in order to maintain the integrity of our off-campus network access, we may need to limit all uses of P2P, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We ask that users of our network limit their use of P2P to legal and reasonable activities, and have respect for the other users of our network.

We will not and do not provide support or troubleshooting assistance of any kind for off-campus P2P activities. Please note that sharing of copyrighted material with persons not authorized to have possession of such materials is illegal and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.

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Wm. Josiah Erikson - Network Engineer
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002