Data Network Services

Data Network Services consists of applications used and functions performed to provide local, remote, or internet connectivity for the broader University of Minnesota community. Support for Data Network services is provided by University resources and partnerships with other institutions and organizations.

Service Offerings

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    Wired Network

    The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides network services to customers both on and some off-campus locations. These services, which are owned, planned, and maintained by the University, connect everyone on campus to the Internet and to local network resources.

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    WIFI Network

    The University of Minnesota offers an extensive and world class Wifi network that is centrally managed. This service is available to all who come on campus.

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    Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    The University of Minnesota Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service makes it seem as though you are inside the University network when you cannot be. It enables a more secure connection to the University network when you are: using wireless, connecting from a non-University Internet Service Provider, and transmitting sensitive data accessing restricted University resource.

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    Network Firewalls

    The Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers a campus-wide central firewall service that enables network security protection for University of Minnesota computer users and resources. A firewall is an access control device that inspects network traffic passing through it and denies or permits passage based on a set of security rules which are configurable by a mid-owner. A firewall policy is a collection of security rules designed to prevent unauthorized electronic access to private and sensitive data and resources stored on networked computer systems.

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    Network Address Management

    All devices connecting to the Internet must have unique network addresses; it's the way the network knows your computer from someone else's, or your website from another. Internet Protocol (IP) is the communication method by which data is sent from one address to another. The University manages network addresses with Domain Name Service (DNS) and DHCP Configuration.

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    Internet and Internet2 Connectivity

    The Internet is a global system of interconnected networks. The University connects to a number of special research and education networks such as Internet2. These networks provide high bandwidth connectivity enabling and supporting research collaborations and educational opportunities regionally, nationally, and around the world.