Effective Thursday, October 24th 2012 the ResNet is starting a new policy, this will bring us more in line with the policies at
other Big 10 schools:
The bandwidth quota applies only to outbound network traffic, i.e., traffic going to an off-campus destination via the Internet. Network traffic that is directed to campus, such as reading your Huskers e-mail or using MyRed or Blackboard (My.UNL) from your room, will not count towards the bandwidth quota. The bandwidth usage counter resets daily at 5:00 AM. If you exceed the daily allocation, you will be placed into a shared pool with other users who have similarly exceeded the allocation. You will remain in the shared pool until the counter is reset (currently 5:00 AM). You will not be disconnected. The shared pool operates at 5 Mbps (megabits per second). In addition, we are monitoring how often a device exceeds the daily upload quota.
1. The first time a student exceeds the upload threshold 10 or more times in a two-week period, they will receive an email from the ResNet Manager requiring them to contact him via email or phone within 1 week. The ResNet manager will ensure the student understands the quota policy, and discuss their individual usage. If the student does not contact the ResNet Manager within the 1-week period, their registered machines will be removed from the network.
2. The second time a student exceeds the upload threshold 10 or more times in a two-week period, they will receive an email from the ResNet Manager asking them to bring the offending machine to the ResNet office so it can be inspected for peer-to-peer software and/or to see if it had been compromised. If the machine is not brought in within one week it will be removed from the network.
3. The third time a student exceeds the upload threshold 10 or more times in a two-week period, they will receive an email from the ResNet Manager informing them that their device will be removed from the network in 4 days, for a one-week period, for continuing to exceed the quota limits.
4. The fourth time a student exceeds the upload threshold 10 or more times in a two-week period, they will receive an email from the ResNet Manager informing them that they will be permanently disconnected from the network in 4 days. If the student wants to appeal the permanent disconnect decision, they can schedule an in-person meeting with the Information Security Officer to explain how their future network usage will be in compliance with the quota policy.
It is anticipated that most students will not be affected by the bandwidth quota. However, a small number of students will find that their off-campus outbound traffic is noticeably slower at later times of the day. If that is the case, the likely cause is that you have exceeded the permitted quota. Please check above right to find more about your personal usage for the current date. If you find that your off-campus outbound traffic is impacted and you are not aware of a reason your computer is exceeding the daily limit, please contact the ResNet staff at 2-3535 or the Help Desk at 2-3970.
If you are using a file sharing application, or any Internet application that allows you to search for and download files from the Internet, this application may be allowing others on the Internet to download your files. All files downloaded from your computer by others on the Internet count against your quota. For example, if you have one 5 MB file and 100 people on the Internet download it, this will use up 500 MB of network bandwidth, which will deplete half the current daily allocation.
If you find you're reached your usage quota threshold, but still need to upload files, (e.g., pictures to your family) there is a service available called Dropbox. http://is.unl.edu/dropbox/
For assistance, please contact ResNet staff at 402-472-3535 or the Help Desk at 402-472-3970.
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