Welcome to the Muskingum University ResNet Program
2015-2016 Registration Process
In order to connect your computer to the Residential Network, students should simply connect their computers to a network switch or data port in the room, and then open a web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox). At that point, the registration process will automatically begin.
If you would like to register a video game console, please see the instructions below.
ResNet Frequently Asked Questions
What is ResNet?
ResNet is the University's Residential Network, and it is what
all student computers use in order
to access the campus network and Internet
from the residence locations. ResNet
is a service provided as a convenience
to accommodate the increasing technological
needs of students.
The network is shared by all students
on campus and has a maximum capacity of 10MB
of traffic per room for on campus resources
(local resources such as the Muskingum
Web Site, Blackboard, MuskieLink, etc)
and 40MB of traffic for off campus resources
(the Internet). Because it is a shared
resource, it is possible for individuals
to monopolize traffic, which slows
the service down for others. CNS regulates
this to a limited degree to make sure
that traffic is flowing more evenly
for everyone, although, that does not
guarantee that service will not be interrupted
by problem users from time to time
due to abusive use.
What is an RLA and what do they do?
RLAs are Residential Lab Assistants. They are students employed by CNS
to maintain and supervise the Residence Hall computer labs.
During scheduled lab hours, RLAs also provide limited training
for using lab software and equipment.
RLA's do *NOT* provide software or hardware support on student
computers, because working on hardware can
void warranties. Students should contact the
company who makes the hardware or software in question. For this reason, we encourage students to consider purchasing extended warranties for their computer.
What is Computer Registration and is it required?
Everyone MUST register
their computers in order to connect
to the Muskingum Residential Network.
process includes verification that an up-to-date anti-virus package is installed. If the computer has a Windows operating system, it also verifies that Windows
Updates are installed. While not required, as you setup your computer you should consider installing anti-spyware software such as Ad-Aware, Windows Defender, or SpyBot Search and Destroy.
What are the Minimum System Requirements for Computer
The minimum requirement for registration is a computer
that is sufficiently capable of running
current Microsoft Windows operating systems. Computers
running non-Microsoft operating systems (i.e. Linux or Mac OS X) will be accepted for registration, however,
our ability to support these is limited and you will need to contact the appropriate system vendor for support.
Systems still running operating systems no longer supported by the vendor (i.e. Windows XP) will not be permitted on the campus network.
I already have Antivirus software and/or a Firewall... can I use
CNS does require that an approved anti-virus product be active and functional at
all times. Students may also choose to run a firewall on their system.
It should be noted that some anti-virus and firewall
programs will not work properly with
other products of the same type. For that reason, you should only run one anti-virus program on your computer.
What about Routers and Wireless Access?
Wireless access is available at various locations around campus. Click here for a listing.
Routers, Access Points, or any other method of Internet connection sharing are strictly forbidden
on the Muskingum network. They conflict
with services provided and cause
service interruption for everyone.
Students who attempt to use these devices or methods
will be disconnected from the network
until the sharing is removed... no
What about Video Game Consoles?
Many modern video game consoles provide ethernet based network connectivity for multi-player gaming. Your console must be registered to allow you to use these services at Muskingum. Registration is a simple process and is accomplished by going to the Game Registration page. Note: The Game Registration page is only available from student computers connected to the Muskingum network.
You will need your username and password, as well as the MAC address for your game console. Information on how to find the MAC address can be found at the manufacturer’s web site. Additionally, your console must be on and connected to the network. Please be advised, priority is given to academic network traffic over entertainment traffic, and therefore CNS does not guarantee the quality of these gaming services. NOTE: It may take up to 10 minutes for the game device MAC address to filter through to the registration system. Please be patient.
What do we do to connect multiple computers and consoles to the network when
only one data port is available in
Network switches and CAT-5 network data cables are sold in the bookstore
at a price that is usually lower
than other vendors. However, in the
event that they are out of stock, such
equipment can be purchased at Wal-Mart,
Staples, and Radio Shack for reasonable
rates. Please be sure to ask for a switch as they may try to sell you a wireless router.