The UMass Dartmouth campus maintains an extensive infrastructure that supports telephone and data networks as well as cable television for the entire campus. Every resident student room as well as faculty/staff offices and classrooms have access to the university network. Every port is active. To leverage this unique configuration the university has deployed a self-registration system that allows users to connect their computers to the network and access the Internet without assistance.
Students are not allowed to setup a router (wired or wireless) for any reason. Routers cause interference with the campus network infrastructure.
The university has deployed a wireless network that allows faculty, staff and students to connect to the Internet and other campus services in many areas on the main campus. This includes all multimedia classrooms, study areas, cafeterias, the entire Library, CVPA and CCB buildings, as well as the Residence Halls. For more information click on the links below.
In order to connect to the campus secure wireless network (UMASSD-A), the wireless device must support X-Authentication (IEEE 802.1x). Most smartphones, tablets, notebooks, etc. support this technology.
The simplest way to connect your computer to the internet is to plug into a network port with a standard ethernet cable. Wired devices must be registered using the owner's UMassD Logon information.
A minimum of Windows XP or MacOS 10.7 is recommended. Antivirus software must be installed and kept up to date when using the campus network.
Game Consoles and Media Streaming
Game consoles and media streaming devices are allowed on the campus network. However, some devices such as Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, etc. do not support X-Authentication. If your streaming or gaming device is not 802.1x capable but has an Ethernet port, you can still connect it to the network by plugging it in to the Ethernet port in your room and registering it.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
VPN software provides secure connections for normally non-secure methods of Internet communication. A VPN connection is required to access network shares and most administrative systems from off-campus locations.
The VPN client software installed on a workstation makes a special connection with a VPN server. All network communication is encrypted, then filtered through the VPN server, making it virtually impossible for hackers to obtain sensitive information in transit.