How do I get to the Internet from my residence hall room?
All resident halls and most academic areas are accessible via WiFi; refer to General Setup for detailed instructions. I.T. Services staff will be also be around to help during move-in day. I.T. Services normal office hours are from Monday – Friday, 8am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm.
Is there anything I should do before bringing my computer to campus?
There are 3 main things that you should do before bringing your computer to campus.
- Windows updates
You should run all Windows updates and make sure your computer is scheduled to check for new updates daily.
- Antivirus Software
Computer viruses or malware can make a computer unusable and in some cases where it needs to be recovered back to the way it did when first purchased. I.T. Services highly recommends installing and keeping an up-to-date antivirus software. Most new computers will come with an antivirus program but will only include about 3 months of free updates after which you will have to renew your subscription. There are free antivirus programs available such as Microsoft Security Essentials (windows 7 only), AVG, Avira, and Avast. Consult with your sales associate for paid version of antivirus software.
- Spyware Software
This is one of the largest growing issues in the computer world today. More and more computers are being affected by pop-ups, hijacked browsers, computers slowing down to a crawl & changed home pages just to name a few. We recommend running spyware software on your computer.
How fast is the Internet connection?
The current speed to the Internet is 1000 Megabits per second. Everyone on campus shares this connection. To put that in perspective, most home high speed Internet connections range from 3 – 20 Megabits per second. The overall speed you would expect to receive is the speed of our WiFi network, which can range from 100 to 400 Megabits per second.
Does that mean that I can download as much as I like? Can I set up a server to share MP3s and movies and stuff with the world?
No. The primary purpose of the OBU network is for academic work. If your non-academic activity is slowing down the network for others, you may be removed from the network. By using the OBU network, you are bound by the university’s Code of Computing Practices. Also, OBU does not monitor what students send over the Internet or share with the world. But if a copyright owner complains that you are freely sharing their work, your computer will be taken off the network until you remove the copyrighted material.
Does OBU have WiFi?
Yes, all resident halls, the library, student center and many public and academic areas have WiFi access. Laptops with 802.11g/n/ac wireless cards will automatically connect to the network without cables.
Can I bring a wireless access point/wireless router for my room?
NO! Your own wireless access point may interfere with the university’s wireless access points. And if these devices are not installed correctly you can bring down an entire network. So please leave your wireless access point at home. If you have trouble connecting wirelessly from your room, we will do our best to make sure you can.
Can I check my campus email on my phone?
In order to check email on your phone you will need to set up a new Exchange account.
Can I connect my Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, Gamecube or other game consoles to the University’s network?
Game consoles need to be set up properly before they will work on the University’s Residential Network. All devices should be set to use DHCP to get their network address. If you have questions about your device’s settings, refer to your manual or call the manufacturer’s help desk.
You must register the device accurately to successfully network your device.
Please note: The University offers no support for these devices other than these instructions and a live network connection.
Instructions on how to get your mac address from your game device can be found simply by doing a search on Google.