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Cardiff University Residences Network

RESLAN (Residences' Local Area Network) provides a fast connection to the Cardiff University Network from University Residences, via both a wired or wireless connection.

Information for new students – what to do before you arrive in Cardiff

Before you arrive in Cardiff you can check whether your computer meets the minimum security requirements for use on the RESLAN network.

To do this, access the Internet with the machine you are bringing with you and use our Cardiff Campus Manager test (note - do this again just before you leave home, to make sure nothing has changed). 

If your computer fails the test please make sure you rectify any issues before trying to connect to RESLAN. It's YOUR responsibility to make sure your machine has anti-virus software installed, is virus-free and is set to receive automatic security updates.

Also please remember to work through the Leaving Home Checklist

Windows Operating Systems

If you are bringing a Microsoft Windows Computer to Cardiff University to connect in the University Residences, it should be running:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

Please note:

Microsoft is withdrawing support for Windows XP from 8th April 2014. After this date, there will be no new updates from Microsoft, exposing the University to increased risk from virus and malware. It is strongly advised that you do not continue to run an XP machine after this date.  

Find out more on the Information Security Framework blog.

Contact your Local Computing Representative or the IT Service Desk for advice about upgrading your operating system.

Macintosh Operating Systems

If you are bringing an Apple Macintosh computer to Cardiff University to connect in the University Residences, it should be running:

  • Mac OS 10.6 'Snow Leopard'
  • Mac OS 10.7 'Lion'
  • Mac OS 10.8 'Mountain Lion'

With the introduction of the new MAC 0S 10.9 'Mavericks', it is anticipated that support for Mac OS 10.6 'Snow Leopard' will cease.

Please note: Apple official only supports three versions of Mac OS X. Please see the Apple Support website for further information. 

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How to connect

You can connect to the RESLAN network via either the wired or wireless connection in your University Residence. Please see our 'How to connect' web page for guidance. 

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Help and support

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about RESLAN. 

You can also come and see us at the IT Clinic on the First Floor of the Students' Union, Cathays Park (opposite the IT shop) Monday-Friday between 1-3pm during term time.

Alternatively, please contact insrvConnect - the Information Services IT Service Desk on 029 2087 4487.

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Conditions of use

All users of the University's campus network must read and agree to comply with the University regulations and the Joint Academic Network Acceptable Use Policy (JANET AUP).

The JANET AUP is important because all Internet traffic flows via JANET.

Users must also comply with the Information Services Regulations.

Any user found to be breaching regulations will be subject to the Student Disciplinary Code.

Subject to the requirements of current legislation, the University routinely monitors network traffic to assure the continued integrity and security of the University's systems.

In addition, as part of the Permission to Connect Policy for Residences:

  • You are only permitted to connect your registered equipment to your allocated network outlet.
  • You may not connect equipment that provides onward connection to other equipment.
  • This equipment must not adversely affect the use, or compromise the security of, any other computer connected to, or user of, the Cardiff University networks.
  • You may not run any network servers, including (but not limited to) Mail, FTP, Web and Games servers.
  • You are responsible for keeping your computer free from viruses, spyware and other malicious software. Your computer must have a copy of a supported anti-virus program installed, and the program must be kept up to date with the latest available definitions of known viruses.  The status of your anti-virus software and virus definitions may be monitored and RESLAN reserves the right to disconnect you if your computer is found to be non-compliant, or to be hosting of sourcing any form of malicious software.
  • Only the Network Name and Address assigned (via DHCP) by the RESLAN network may be used. These addresses are dynamic and will change regularly. On no account should fixed IP addresses be entered into the network configuration of a computer.
  • You may not divulge your username and password to anyone at any time. You may not ask for or use the username and password belonging to another.
  • The RESLAN network is not permitted to be used for commercial use.
  • In accordance with the RIP Act 2000, the University may routinely monitor information systems to assure the continued integrity and security of the University's systems and users' compliance with the law.  Disclosure of the content of messages and other data will only be undertaken with the specific authorisation of the Vice-Chancellor, or nominee, on the evidence of good cause.