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HallNet Service Guidance

HallNet Service: Acceptable Use Policy

You should not use the HallNet service to attempt to gain access to computing systems, data or other resources that you are not authorised to access. This includes (but is not limited to) password protected web sites, local departmental file servers, and the computers of other HallNet service users.

Connection to external services that use a significant amount of bandwidth, which cannot be demonstrated to be relevant to your academic work and/or risks the denial of service to other users, is prohibited and users will find connection to these services will be withdrawn at any time.

You must not configure your machine to provide any service to other users in your hall, on campus or connected to the Internet in general.  This includes (but is not limited to) the provision of web servers, FTP servers, P2P servers, file sharing, IP address masking or VPN services.

We reserve the right to disable access to any service if provision of access to that service will breach the terms of this policy, or any other policy.

Support

The only systems we fully support are Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10, Apple Macintosh OS X 10.8 and newer (versions supported by Apple). To successfully connect to the network with other types of computers, such as a Linux computer, you would need to configure the TCP/IP settings yourself, and unfortunately IT Services can give you very little assistance. However, if we detect problems caused by software or hardware, we may have to disconnect your socket to protect the service to other users. Additionally you may not be able to access all the services offered.

Use of Information & Data

You must not send or receive data in any form that breaks the University Acceptable Use Policy: this includes indecent, offensive or illegal material, and also anything that breaks copyright legislation. You are not permitted to use any applications that are provided for this specific purpose in mind. The use of the word data means: graphical images, moving images, text, software, sound files including MP3 and WAV files or any other electronically transmittable material.

The University, through the members of staff responsible for the Hall Service, has the right to "port scan" your machine and browse any running services to detect possible breaches of the clauses contained within this policy. (Note: A port scan is a method of remotely checking what services are running on a computer system.)

How many computers/devices can I connect?

You may connect any number of computers that you own to the Hall Service network point in your room. However IT Services are unable to assist in connection problems caused by routers, hubs, switches or wireless access points. If you use a wireless access point, please ensure that it is secured as you will be held responsible for all network activity coming from your network point.

Can I let my friends use my computer?

You must not allow other people (apart from IT Services support staff who are providing you with support) access to your HallNet connection, via their computer or your own - you will be held responsible for all network activity coming from your network connection. You must not configure your machine to provide any service to other users in your hall, on campus or connected to the Internet in general. This includes (but is not limited to) the provision of web servers, FTP servers, P2P servers, file sharing, IP address masking or VPN services.

Anti-virus

Connection to external services that use a significant amount of bandwidth, which cannot be demonstrated to be relevant to your academic work and/or risks the denial of service to other users, is prohibited and users will find connection to these services will be withdrawn at any time.

You should not use the Hall Service to attempt to gain access to computing systems, data or other resources that you are not authorised to access. This includes (but is not limited to) password protected web sites, local departmental file servers, and the computers of other Hall Service users.

We reserve the right to disable access to any service if provision of access to that service will breach the terms of this policy, or any other policy.

Service Level Agreement

This service is mandatory self financing.

Students in Halls of Residence

Core

The Hall Network Service HallNet provides students with access to the University Network from their hall of residence study-bedroom.

IT Services will provide:-

  • Online Installation instructions.
  • Online user guide.
  • A network cable.
  • Software.
  • A support structure.

The service will enable students to do the following:-

  • Electronic mail.
  • Access to your individual file store.
  • Terminal Access to University Unix Services.
  • File Transfer to and from their PC.
  • Access to the WWW.
  • Access to Library catalogues and documents.
  • Access to Learning and Teaching Development Software.
  • Virus Protection available to download and install on personal machines.

Students:-

  • Will register to use the service.

 

Supported Operating Systems and Computer platforms

  • Operating Systems that will be fully supported, within the technology available, are Windows 7and 8/8.1/10.
  • Operating Systems that will be supported but may have limited access to services are Mac OS X (versions supported by Apple). Earlier versions of Mac will not be supported.
  • Operating Systems for which very little assistance will be provided are Linux and earlier versions of Windows.
  • There will be no assistance for any other Operating systems.
  • Access to the full range of services offered will only be possible with the fully supported Operating Systems.

Support Provided by IT Services

Support Provision

  • Support will be provided by Web-based advice, Support Documentation, Frequently Asked Questions, and IT Services staff.
  • The service is supported between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

 IT Services are responsible for:

  • Cabling and data sockets in the halls.
  • Providing a network to the room.
  • Support provision.
  • Helping to install and configure the software provided by IT Services.
  • Helping to remove the software provided by IT Services.
  • Producing statistics for all major network nodes, to document performance.
  • Facilitating the secure usage of IT resources.
  • Defining the Acceptable Use Policy.

IT Services are not responsible for:

  • Telephones and telephone cabling.

Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that their computer's hardware is working.
  • Ensuring that their computer's Operating System is working and is patched up to date.
  • Installing and running up-to-date antivirus software.
  • Backing up their own data.
  • Providing a computer with a working and configured UTP (10Base-T) Ethernet / network card with RJ45 socket.
  • Reporting any suspected network problems to IT Services.
  • After reporting a fault, regularly reading their e-mail so that appointments can be made by IT Services staff to visit.
  • When reporting a problem, providing their name, username, Hall and Room number, telephone number, data socket number, Operating System of their computer, and details about the problem. The requested information we require to help solve their problem.
  • Ensuring that their room is safe for IT Services staff to work in.
  • Ensuring that there is sufficient space for IT Services staff to work on the computer.
  • Ensuring that their computer is in a safe condition.
  • Pointing out any known hardware or software faults to the person carrying out the work before they start the work.
  • Any unforeseen damage that occurs to their computer as a result of configuring their computer to use the network and installing the software provided.
  • Ensuring that the computer has a web browser installed, for example, Internet Explorer or Safari.
  • Providing adequate notice, at least 1 day, when cancelling appointments that have been made with IT Services staff.

Guarantees

Wherever possible IT Services will try to help a student network their computer, but we can offer no guarantees.

Acceptable Use

  • Students must follow the University's Acceptable Use Policy and the HallNet Networking and Infrastructure Acceptable Use Policy.

  • IT Services will terminate the connection of any student that is causing a significant detrimental effect on service provision for any other customer, hall, or the campus network. Students who have been penalised for such effects on service have the right to appeal.

Performance Measures

Service Improvement and Development

  • Web based user statistics produced at least once a term.
  • Feedback from the Loughborough Students' Union Council.

Targets

  • Service available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week all year round.
  • Network maintenance is subject to the JANET at risk period 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays.
  • Regular upgrades to the infrastructure will take place and may result in planned downtime, this planned downtime will be advertised on the IT Services web pages or by e-mail at least 7 days before work commences.
  • All problems submitted to the Service Desk will be responded to within 1 working day.
  • For faults requiring a visit, an appointment will normally be made with 2 working days of receipt of the problem by the Service Desk, and will normally be attended within 5 working days.