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All of OSU's Residence Halls are connected to the Internet via ResNet. Students living on campus may take advantage of this network connection in their room, common areas and dining halls.
All residence hall rooms have a wired network connection and OSU wireless connectivity. Most residents bring a laptop computer, but desktop computers, smart phones, tablets, iPads, etc. can all be used on the network. OSU does not allow the use of personal wireless routers or access points as they can interfere with OSU's wireless coverage. We recommend bringing a network (RJ45 Ethernet) cable to connect to the wired network, even if you plan on using wireless. Wired connections are faster, more secure, and more reliable than wireless connections.
There is a wireless access point (WAP) in every third room or suite (at minimum). This provides excellent wireless coverage to all residence hall rooms. The WAPs are dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz radio frequencies) and are 802.11a/g/n standards. The dining halls and many other campus buildings also have 802.11ac. All are backwards compatible to 802.11a/g/n.
We suggest that any new wireless devices are 802.11ac compatible. 5GHz wireless devices are highly recommended, as there is less interference with 5GHz radios. Most devices that have 5GHz radios also have 2.4GHz radios. 2.4GHz tends to have better range due to lower frequency, but is much more prone to interference in high-density wireless environments like residence halls.
There is an OSU BeaverPrint printing station located in each of UHDS's three Service Centers, the Library, Memorial Union, campus computer labs, and other locations on campus. BeaverPrint allows students to upload documents then print to any BeaverPrint station on campus. If you bring a printer be sure it has USB connectivity as wireless printers will not work on the OSU wireless network.
All enrolled OSU students have access to Office 365 at no cost via the Microsoft Student Advantage Program!