Use of the Aberystwyth University network
The Aberystwyth University computing network is part of JANET – the UK’s education and research network.
All use of the network is bound by the JANET Acceptable Use Policy and the Information Services Regulations. You should familiarise yourself with what these contain.
Computing facilities are provided to authorised Aberystwyth University users in support of the academic aims of the University. A limited amount of non-academic use is permitted as a privilege to our users as long as it does not:
- break the law
- contravene the JANET Acceptable Use Policy
- use amounts of bandwidth or network resources that could compromise the legitimate academic use of the network by other users
- compromise the security of the network or other users
- breach copyright in any way
- infringe upon the personal privacy of individuals
- divert staff time away from supporting the academic use of the network
- disturb or prevent others from using the facilities for the academic purpose for which they are provided
Specific activity that is NOT allowed
- Peer to Peer (P2P) - used mainly in file sharing, communications and gaming
- Network scanning
- Using webcams covertly or to show the activities of identifiable individuals without their consent
- Accessing offensive, obscene or indecent images, data or other material
- Sending unsolicited (spam) bulk emails
- Sending nuisance, offensive or defamatory emails
- Posting nuisance, offensive or defamatory material on the web and social networking sites
Information Services have a responsibility to ensure that the JANET Acceptable Use Policy is adhered to and reserve the right to alter network configurations to facilitate this and remove privileged access where necessary.
When connecting your device to our network, it is essential that you ensure your computer is free from virus attacks, hacking or misuse by a third party. Computers connected to the University network that are infected with a virus or compromised in any way are automatically disconnected.
- keep Microsoft Windows up to date with the latest Service packs and Security patches (How do I do that?)
- install Anti-Virus protection. Members of the University who do not already have up-to-date virus-checking software can download Sophos Anti-virus from the University (How do I do that?)
- install Anti-Spyware protection (How do I do that?)
- install a Personal Firewall (How do I do that?)
- log on to your computer with a user name and password (How do I do that?)
- set your computer to lock when left unattended (How do I do that?)
- make sure your folders cannot be accessed by others (How do I do that?)
- back up your files (How do I do that?)
Student Network Fair Usage Guidelines
Although Aberystwyth University is part of the high-speed JANET network that links UK universities to the Internet there is still a physical limit to the network connection available to us. To ensure all users enjoy the best service, whatever the demands on the network, we operate a fair usage policy on the Student Network, which includes halls and wireless. This sets a quota limit on the amount of data each user can download from external websites during a rolling time period.
Network traffic monitoring has shown us that it is often a small number of users of the Student Network who are responsible for using most of the capacity. Those using more than their 'fair share' impact on the service available to other users of the network. People using real time applications such as telephony, webcams and games notice this most as they will experience occasional dropouts or delays.
The Fair Usage Policy, by reducing the bandwidth used by this small number of people, means an improved service for all.
Current quota limits
Users of the Student Network can download up to 30GB during a rolling 24hr period from externally hosted websites.
This is a personal limit which:
- includes all devices registered to you
- covers both the wired and the wireless network
- Operates between 9am and 3am
3am to 9am are considered 'off-peak' hours and your bandwidth will not be counted in this period
Information Services reserves the right to change the quota limits at any time in order to ensure the optimum possible service for all users.
Checking you usage
You can check how much of your quota you have used in the current 24 hour period via this page (login required)
Exceeding your quota limit
If you exceed the limit within the specified time period you will still be able to access all internal Aberystwyth University services e.g Webmail, Aberlearn Blackboard, at normal speed. However your access to external sites, although continuing to work, will be at a considerably slower speed. Reducing your bandwidth usage (uploads and downloads) should see your connection speed improving within 24 hours. We estimate that this fair usage policy will affect less than 5% of users of the Student Network.
Misuse of information and communications technology at Aberystwyth University is treated extremely seriously.
Action will be taken against anyone involved in misuse under Information Services regulations (penalties may include blocking access to the network and/or fines), the University’s disciplinary procedures and, where illegal activity is suspected, individuals may be reported to the Police.
Information Services, Aberystwyth University, Hugh Owen Library, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DZ
Tel: 01970 62 2400 Email: email@example.com