Each residence hall room has a wired 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet hookup, and all rooms and common areas have wireless WiFi access for connection to the Internet. You also should bring a UL approved power strip with a built-in circuit breaker to use with the computer equipment.
If both roommates would like to connect to the Internet, they must purchase a switch to allow them to connect two (or more) computers at once using the Ethernet connection in your residence hall room. Cisco, Linksys, D-Link, and Netgear switches are compatible with Ball State University's wired network.
The Ball State Technology Store sells hardware, software, and accessories to students. You may also purchase Ethernet cables, switches, and surge protectors from tech store or on the Internet. We encourage students and families to purchase and install Ethernet or WiFi cards before coming to Ball State in the fall.
IMPORTANT: Do not purchase a router in place of the switch. Some retailers may try to sell you a router as a substitute. Wired and wireless routers are not permitted for use on the Ball State network. Students found with a router will have their Internet service turned off, when detected as routers negatively affect other users in your building. Learn more about the no router policy by watching our video.
Wireless Internet Access in Your Room
To access the wireless network, a computer needs WiFi access (most computers today have built-in WiFi) that is 802.11g or 802.11n compatible. Additionally, all devices must be able to use WPA2 or WPA2-Enterprise security to access the BSUsecure network. For further information on wireless requirements and how to connect, click the wireless link.
For assistance with connecting to the wired or wireless network, contact HelpDesk at 765-285-1517 or submit a ticket online.