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RESLAN FAQs - Services




What services can I expect to get?

The main aim of RESLAN is to provide all its users with a fast, secure IT environment in which to pursue their academic studies. As such, the very least you can expect will be access to the Campus network. In order to protect the wider University, its staff and students from being compromised through computer misuse, however, the University has had to bar some types of Internet connectivity which it sees as providing security loop-holes. Such restrictions should have no effect whatsoever on the pursuit of your academic studies.

The following list of services are currently permitted, provided you have appropriate software on your system, but the University does reserve the right to change this list if need arises:

  • File Transfer
  • Telnet
  • Secure Shell (SSH)
  • Email (SMTP & IMAP)
  • Secure email (SSMTP & SIMAP)
  • World Wide Web access
  • News (but only access to the chargeable news service, news.individual.net)
  • VoIP
  • MSN messenger
  • AOL messenger
  • Yahoo Chat 

 

Will I be able to watch television via my computer?

Video that streams through a browser should work from a RESLAN connection as long as they do not use peer-2-peer protocols which are blocked by the RESLAN firewall.

 

Will I be able to listen to foreign radio stations?

This should be possible, although you may have to configure your PC for this to work. Note that there are no intentionally blocked radio stations.

 

Will I be able to use Skype?

Information Services does not offer support for the use of Skype, however it should be possible for it to work within RESLAN.  We have done some limited testing on Skype to Skype calls, and this works fine.  The  Skype support pages can be found here 

 

Will I be able to play online games?

Cardiff University prides itself on being able to offer academic network connection points in study bedrooms, and these are provided primarily as a study aid. As such, our priority is to offer a secure, academic computing environment for all our students. In order to achieve this we are unable to offer unrestricted Internet access in rooms but have to block those ports which pose a security threat. If you are able to play some games, then we do not want to stop you, as we recognise many people get much enjoyment from doing so. However, we are unable to open any additional ports specifically for that purpose.

 

Can I use my games console on a RESLAN connection?

The Cardiff Gaming Society have been working with INSRV to get some games working on the RESLAN network.  Any requests for the registration of games consoles should be made directly to them. They will liase with with us because we are unable support games or their configuration for the RESLAN network

Cardiff University prides itself on being able to offer academic network connection points in study bedrooms, and these are provided primarily as a study aid. As such, our priority is to offer a secure, academic computing environment for all our students. In order to achieve this we are unable to offer unrestricted Internet access in rooms and have to block those ports which pose a security threat. 


Can I connect to a computer on the RESLAN network?

No, connections from external machines are blocked.



Can I access the network printers?

No. Because of the nature of our printing service, you will not be able to access any network printers from a RESLAN connection.
More information on the University printing service is available.

Wireless Printing - print from your laptop or PC

The new webPrint wireless printing service is a pilot project that enables users of the networked chargeable printing service to send print jobs from their laptop or PC to printers in six different locations across the University. Please see the University printing service web page.


Are P2P applications restricted?

ALL P2P sites are blocked from the RESLAN network.

Please note that if you do attempt to access a P2P application your request will be intercepted and you will not be able to connect to it.

This policy is not aimed at restricting  legitimate academic investigation, therefore if  you believe you have a legitimate academic reason for using  a P2P application from the RESLAN network please contact your course tutor to seek approval who will forward the request on your behalf.