Quick Start

Available to: Students, Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Departments, Prospective Students, New/Incoming Students, Guests

Cost: Generally no charge to use non-residential network services. See cost details, below.

IS&T maintains an extensive computing and communications network throughout the Charles River and Medical campuses. This infrastructure includes network outlets, wiring, the campus core network, data center networks, and dedicated access to various external networks, such as the Internet and Internet2. We design and install all network infrastructure associated with renovations and new construction, including network jacks, copper and fiber cabling, switch infrastructure, and connections to the network backbone. Through this network, members of the community can directly access network-based resources using wired jacks supporting various data rates.


Centralizing design, installation, management, and maintenance for the entire network infrastructure helps to reduce operational cost. All network components work together in a predictable and reliable manner, providing simplicity, consistency, transparency, and security for everyone, regardless of where you connect to the network.

Key Features

  • Network connections to suit every need, ranging from 10 Mbps through 10 Gbps
  • Reliable, dedicated access to the University network and the Internet, with connections to several special purpose networks devoted to research and educational needs
  • Custom network designs for Data Center, research, and administrative needs

What to Expect

This service normally will be available 24 by 7 except for standard change windows, as described in IS&T’s standard policies, procedures, and schedules for making changes.


Access usually requires just an Ethernet network adapter (standard in most computers) and an active network connection.


Generally there are no charges to use non-residential network services. Network design, installation, and port activation charges vary; departments interested in these services should contact us for more information.

Getting Started

  • Plug your Ethernet cable into any active Ethernet wall jack and the corresponding port on your computer.
    • If you are in a non-residence location, your network access should simply begin working.
    • If you are in a residence, you will be prompted to register your computer through a network registration process before your connection will work.
    • If you experience any problems, please review our troubleshooting instructions.
  • Departments seeking information on network design or installation, or who wish to activate an existing port, should complete our online form.