Networks at Students' Dormitories
Starting from academic year 1995, NTU began installment of networks in students’ dorms. In the administrative system of the University, the Student Housing Services Division of the Office of Student Affairs was responsible for installing and managing the networks at students’ dorms. The C&INC only played the role of an assistant, offering necessary help when help was needed. Nevertheless, the Networking Management Division of C&INC took the initiative to improve the quality of networks at students’ dorms and regarded it as its key task.
As of now, C&INC has invested large amounts of money and manpower on improving the quality of networking in the students’ dorms. We hope that all students can comply with the rules and regulations of network use, so we can upgrade the networks both in quality and quantity. At present we have server rooms installed in the Chang-hsing Street dorms (Men’s 1st, 3rd, 5tgh, 6th, 7th, & 8th), the main campus dorms (women’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 9th, freshmen women’s 1st, graduate students 1st, men’s 13rd, graduate students 3rd, math and chemistry dorm); College of Medicine dorms ( men’s 2nd, women’s 6th), College of Law dorms (men’s 4th, men’s 16th, women’s 4th and women’s 7th). Of all these dorms, with the exception of the ones that belong to College of Medicine and College of Law, which use 1 Gbps bandwidth to connect to C&INC, all the other dorms use 10 Gbps to connect to us. For all students who live in the dorms, their bandwidth for internet use is 100 Mbps. So far their condition of use is very good.
Aspects of Dormitory Networks Management
- MAC control, IP control, configuration control, abnormality control, the browser of blocked user redirect function, flow rate analysis, and flow rate management.
- In the future the dormitory network system will be equipped with DHCP servers, with back-up functions and the capability to directly control the giving out and retention of IP addresses.
- The unregistered IP addresses are limited to only a handful of special websites or sub-networks within the University.
- Every IP addresses is allotted a different flow quota in accordance with the owner’s Identity, authorization, and use.
Mechanism for Control of the Flow Volume of Dormitory Networks
In the spirit of fair play, all users of the dormitory networks will have their flow quota controlled. The regulations are as follows:
- Every IP owner is allowed to store and retrieve up to 6GB (including upload and download) capacity. All applications will be counted.
- Any individual IP owner who exceeds this amount, his transmission rate will be limited to 256 Kbps.
- To ensure that most students will have a smooth internet use, individual IP’s which use P2P to transmit data will be limited to 2M/256Kbps (upload and download).
- Every morning at 8 a.m. the flow rate will be recalculated.
- The scope of flow rate calculation refers to networking activities coming out of the dorms. Inter-dormitory activities will not be counted. But activities which are between dorms and other areas within the University will be calculated and accounted for.