Data Network Services
The Data Network is your Internet connection on campus.
The Internet is a global system of interconnected networks.
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.
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. 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.
The University of Minnesota Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service that makes it seem (to other websites) as though you are inside the University network when you are on a network outside of the University.
The University of Minnesota (University) WiFi network is the centrally managed Office of Information Technology (OIT) service that provides campus affiliates and guests with WiFi Internet access as they roam the Twin Cities and Rochester campuses or visit University Extension Services and Research Outreach Center sites.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides network services to thousands of customers and locations on campus through the Gopher GigaNet.