Boston University Network Overview

The Boston University campus network provides high-speed access to the Internet, various research networks including Internet2, email services, and the Web. Tens of thousand of ports, supporting communications rates up to 100 million bits per second, are interconnected via optical fiber and high-speed routers and switches. Direct access to the network is available throughout campus, including faculty and staff offices, PC labs, study areas, in the colleges and departments, residence halls, and in a number of classrooms. Secure remote access to the campus network is also available through our VPN service.

The Boston University wireless network conforms to current 802.11 standards operating at speeds up to 54 Mbps. Boston University continues to extend its secure wireless network throughout both the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus. This includes libraries, large residence hall study lounges, campus dining facilities, the University’s athletic facilities and Arena, and many departments, classrooms, and research labs throughout the institution. All wireless transmissions are secured and encrypted.

Boston University is a participant in the Internet2 project, a collaboration involving over 200 research universities engaged in the development of next generation network applications to meet emerging requirements for information technology in research and education. In support of this effort, the University is a founding member of the Northern Crossroads (NoX), an affiliation of nearly two dozen New England institutions with a common need for advanced networking. The NoX operates a high performance communications exchange, and the University is connected to this facility at one billion bits per second. The NoX interconnects regional participants to each other and to the Internet2 Abilene network, providing Boston University with access to hundreds of institutions, agencies, and corporations connected to advanced networks worldwide. For more information about the NoX and Internet2, see www.nox.org.