The current backbone of NTU’s campus networks is 10 Gbps, and optical fibers have been connected to every building within the University, reaching 100% installed base.
Ethernet 100 Mbps link has been connected to every member of the NTU community, providing high quality network services. As NTU is spread over three campuses, in addition to the main campus at Roosevelt Road, there are also the Sui-yuan Road Campus and the College of Law and College of Medicine campus located at Hsu-zhou Road. In order to provide the two sub-campuses good connection quality, C&INC leased the Metro Ethernet network services provided by Chung-hwa Telecom, and used Gigabit Ethernet to link up with the main campus.
For outbound connections, NTU is a member of Taipei PoP link, forming a mutually supportive circular network with the Ministry of Education and the Academia Sinica. For this part, NTU uses its own optic fibers and equipments to improve the quality of linkage between NTU networks and other academic networks and also to increase the bandwidth thereof. In addition, through Taiwan’s high quality academic network called “TWAREN,” NTU conducts international research cooperation projects with foreign academic institutions, thereby upgrading the quality of research networking. Moreover, NTU uses Gigabit Ethernet to interlink with internet service providers such as Chung-hwa Telecom, Taiwan Fixed Networks, Asia Pacific Telecom, and Giga Net.
In order to solve the problem of insufficient international bandwidth of Tanet, the C&INC launches its own international bandwidth services starting from January 2002, which had 12Mbps dedicated bandwidth for international connections, thus efficiently solving the problem of internet connections when our faculty members were traveling abroad. Starting from January 2004, the bandwidth for international connections was upgraded to 310 Mbps. In 2005 the lease contract for 310 Mbps was continued, and in 2006 the bandwidth was further upgraded to 500 Mbps. In 2007 the lease contract for 500 Mbps was extended, and in 2008 the bandwidth for international connections was yet again upgraded to 650 Mbps, which remains in effect till now. In addition to network buildup, in order to cope with the problem of power failure, C&INC also invests considerable amount of money and manpower to install top quality air conditioning units and multiple back-up UPS systems in our server rooms. In fact, we bought two new UPS systems which could automatically generate electricity on a rotational basis whenever there was a blackout, ensuring that all the machines could operate normally, and achieving the goal of providing uninterrupted networking service to our clients.
With the advancement of networking technology, wireless networking has also become the norm for internet users. Therefore, in addition to the optical fibers connected to each building, we also offer wireless networking environment to students in the public areas around campus. We adhere to the IEEE 802.11 wireless protocol, with equipments purchased by the University, thus offering the NTU community multiple options for using the internet.
To solve the problem of remote storage and retrieval, we offer our faculty and students an exclusive internet dial-up service. Starting from 2004, our users can pick up a regular phone to get on the internet, no matter where he or she is in Taiwan. And,. In coordination with the advent of the broadband era, NTU utilizes the ADSL technology to extend its campus networks to the homes of our faculty, staff, and students. All NTU ADSL users need only pay a small monthly rental fee to Chung-hwa Telecom to be able to have broadband internet services in their homes.