Student Network (ResNet) FAQs

Network protections Using the network

Is the Internet Filtered?

We use network hardware and online services to filter inappropriate websites. This combination allows us to receive and apply website ratings automatically to our hardware, while giving us the ability to manually block or exempt specific websites from the filtering service.

If during the pursuit of academic or business activity you encounter a filter block, you may contact the IT Service Desk and request that the website be exempted from the filtering service.

Web filter activity is regularly monitored and when appropriate, data is compiled and forwarded to the Director of Human Resources or the Director of Student Life for review and further action.


Are there firewalls in place? What do they do?

Yes, there are a number of firewalls in places. Firewalls monitor traffic and block certain types of traffic to maintain the safety and security of the network. We use firewalls to isolate certain sections of the network (for example, the student residences are isolated from the administrative network). We also use firewalls to block common virus and hacker traffic.

This has a number effects on your use of the network. For example, the firewalls will prevent you from hosting services from your computer to the Internet such as a personal web page or an FTP site. The firewalls also prevent you from sharing files across networks (such as from your room to a classroom or the Library) or connecting to network printers from your room.


Can I host my own services?

Not really. The firewalls (see above) and other safety controls prevent you from being seen from the Internet. Any hosted web pages, ftp sites, and so on from on a personal computer will only be accessible from other computers on your local network (usually just the other residences). There are a multitude of commercial online hosting services available to you for hosting web content and/or files.

Network services, such as DHCP or DNS, are not to be enabled on student computers. Enabling these services may result in loss of your network connection as well as cause problems for others using the network.


Can I play online games?

Yes. However, gaming traffic is given a very low priority as the network is primarily for academic related traffic.


Can I set up a wireless network?

No, as all Newberg campus residential locations have wireless network access. The vast majority of housing has complete coverage, and the few remaining locations are around 90% coverage. Students will not be allowed to turn on personal wireless routers in residential housing, as these devices will interfere with the wireless equipment George Fox has provided. If you have questions regarding on-campus wireless please contact the IT Service Desk. Students are always encouraged to connect to the foxwifi wireless network when a choice is available. The foxwifi wireless network is more secure and provides faster service than the foxpublic wireless network.


Can I set up my own local network (i.e. using a switch or router)?

Yes, if it is a simple matter of connecting two or more computers through a switch. No, if it involves a switch that is not compliant with GFU network protocols. Specifically, no student router or computer is to run network services (such as DHCP or DNS). If you don't know what this means, you should not be attempting to set up such a device.


Can I use FTP?

Yes. Note that you will need to use passive mode (available within the configuration of most FTP programs) to get past the firewalls to the Internet. You will not be able to host an FTP site that is visible from any computer beyond the local network.


Can I setup local filesharing?

Yes. However, you should consider all of the following:

  • By turning on filesharing you are opening up your computer to attack. Several viruses, and anyone else on the network, may be able to get onto your computer and cause damage or alter/delete your files. Before turning on filesharing make sure you set security on your files and folders, and only share a few folders rather than your whole computer.
  • Filesharing does not go past the firewalls, so you will only be sharing with your local network (such as the residence halls).

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