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Student Networks

Welcome to the Student Networks Section of the ISS Website.

 Student Network Drives 

Student Network Drives

ISS recommend that you use your DCU Apps Drive account to keep files and documents stored as they are stored online and can be accessed from outside DCU.

Logging on to PCs

When the PCs in the labs are switched on and Windows operating system has loaded, a logon box is displayed. The box contains two areas that need to be filled in manually: the USERNAME and PASSWORD boxes.

Drive Mappings

Once you have successfully logged in, it is important to know the file sharing and file storage options available on the DCU network. By double-clicking the 'My Computer' icon on your desktop you will see the following network drive mappings.

Drive H

This is your personal file storage area of 50MB on the network. No other users have access to the information stored here.

Drive I

Network applications are stored in this location. In most cases icons for software contained in the I drive are available on the desktop.

Drive N

DCU staff can post files to this drive. Files located here can be viewed by anyone logged onto the DCU network. Information stored here is read only. Your lecturers will let you know where to find information relevant to you.

Drive X

This is a scratch directory that acts as a shared public area for all students. The purpose of the scratch drive is to offer a place where all students have full read/write/delete access, for the temporary upload of files that can be shared between other students. All files stored here can be viewed and deleted by any student, for this reason any confidential information

The X: drive is not backed-up and any files deleted from the X: drive cannot be retrieved! It is automatically purged (deleted) on a regular basis and once purged files cannot be retrieved.

For these reasons only use the scratch drive X: as a temporary confidential file share area.

 Student Residence Network Connectivity 

Student Residence Network Connectivity

Internet connectivity now available for undergrad students staying in Larkfield, Hampstead and College Park Apartments.

 FTP 

FTP

If you need to FTP to an external server, you will need to go through the DCU proxy server to get connected.

Open Windows Explorer, type in - ftp://proxy.dcu.ie/
Click ok on the DCU message, click file at the top and click Login As

Username – joebloggs@domain_name
Password – enter your ftp password

If you are using an FTP client such as Filezilla, you will need to enter the information the same way. The host or domain name will need to be proxy.dcu.ie. The username and password will need to be entered as above.

 Skype 

Skype

If you are experiencing difficulties connecting over Skype, please ensure you that you have the latest version installed on your computer. Older versions of Skype have some difficulties connecting on the DCU network.

You can download and install the latest version from their website; http://www.skype.com

 Security 

Security

As a practical step, we would ask users to take precautions to update anti-virus software and to regularly apply patches for known exploits and vulnerabilities in all Operating Systems. It is also advisable to install an anti-spyware program such as Spybot or Ad-Aware and run it on a regular basis.

Your attention is drawn to our full list of policies and procedures. It is your responsibility to ensure you read, understand and fully comply with these regulations. It is a condition of the use of the university IT resources generally that you abide by these. By signing up for residences internet access you accept the limitations imposed in terms of ensuring the reputation of the university is protected and that resources are secured.
Please follow this link for current ITC security regulations.

Information Systems & Services reserves the right to implement new modes of access to the Internet services at any stage.

 Configuration Manual 

Configuration Manual PDF Downloads

 Regulations 

Student Residence Network Connectivity

Information Systems & Services provide internet connectivity for students staying in Larkfield, Hampstead and College Park Apartments

The charge for this service is €60 per academic year and is collected by Campus Residence through the apartment deposit. Occupiers who have a genuine reason for leaving campus residences before the end of the academic year may apply for a pro-rata refund of this service charge minus an administration fee.

Campus Residences - General Computing Regulations

The attention of occupants is drawn to the following legislation and regulations, which apply to all DCU-related computing activity:

  1. The Code of Conduct for the Use of Computing Resources in Dublin City University
  2. The HEAnet Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP)
  3. The Data Protection Act, 1988
  4. The Criminal Damage Act, 1991
  5. The Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1998

Campus Residences - Copyright Regulation

Occupants and/or their guests are expressly forbidden from engaging in any activity, which infringes copyright.

Infringements include (but are not limited to) the following :-

  • Copying physical media e.g. CD, DVD, video & audio tapes in breach of copyright
  • Downloading and storing material (either electronically or otherwise) in breach of copyright
  • Publishing or transmitting material or making it available to others by any sharing/publishing mechanism - electronic or otherwise - in breach of copyright

The attention of occupiers' is drawn to the various Irish and international copyright legislation and regulations.

Breach of the above will be considered as "gross misconduct" and may lead to disciplinary action being taken. 

The minimum sanction of a one month disconnection may be imposed for a first offence and does not preclude other action from been taken.

Campus Residences - Networking Regulation

Occupants and/or their guests are not permitted to :-

  • build or operate data, voice or other networks / communications links other than WiFi devices for personal use.
  • run servers (or services on workstations/devices) which interfere in any way with campus systems in the vicinity of [i] the campus(es) [ii] the residences buildings without the express permission of the Director of information systems & services, DCU.

Following on from a recent user survey (April 2012) ISS has decided to allow the use of Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi routers in residences only for individual and personal use. Users should ensure that these devices are secured and should not be shared with others. The responsibility for use resides with the owner of the WiFi router. Should any difficulties be experienced in using these devices ISS is not in a position to provide support. Users should be aware that a high concentration of such devices may cause difficulties. ISS reserve the right to amend its position should the use of these devices prove problematic for other users in residences.

The prohibited servers (or services on workstations/devices) include (but are not limited to) the following:-

  • Mailservers
  • Open-mail-relays
  • Routing services
  • DHCP or BOOTP servers
  • Proxy servers

File-sharing, streaming, broadcasting or any form of electronic publishing directly from workstation(s) or other technologies owned by or operated by occupants in the residences is expressly forbidden where it infringes on copyright.

It is expressly forbidden for any device connected to the campus network also to be connected to any other wired or wireless network with the exception of a WiFi router for personal use.

It is forbidden to assign static DCU IP addresses to computers and WiFi devices.

The attention of occupiers is drawn to the various wireless, telegraphy and communications legislation enacted by EU, Oireachtas Eireann and to regulations issued from time-to-time by the Commission for Communications Regulation.

Your attention is drawn to our full list of policies and procedures. It is your responsibility to ensure you read, understand and fully comply with these regulations. It is a condition of the use of the university IT resources generally that you abide by these. By signing up for residences internet access you accept the limitations imposed in terms of ensuring the reputation of the university is protected and that resources are secured.

Information systems & services reserves the right to use utilities and methods to secure the integrity and reputation of the University and its IT resources. Furthermore ISS may issue amended regulations if it is deemed to be in the best interests of the University..

For a full list of current University ICT Policies please visit: http://www.dcu.ie/iss/policies/index.shtml