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ResNet is West Virginia University's residence hall network. It provides a shared connection to the Internet for all residents of University-owned residence halls.

Except in the Evansdale Residential Complex (Bennett, Braxton, Brooke and Lyon Towers) and Arnold Hall and Apartments, only one active data jack for wired connections will be available per room. To connect more than one wired device, a router must be purchased and connected to the active data jack. Multiple computers, game consoles, and Internet devices may then be connected to the router. Active data jacks will be marked with a red sticker that reads 'Internet'.

Users may also use the wireless networks WVU.Encrypted and WVU.Play that are provided to residence hall students. WVU.EncryptedDenotes external link is an encrypted network which allows a student to connect and authenticate using their MyID credentials. WVU.Play is an un-encrypted network provided for gaming consoles. To connect a device to WVU.Play a student must first go to the website http://mydevices.wvu.eduDenotes external link , log in with their MyID credentials, and then enter the MAC address of the device they would like to connect.

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System Requirements

In order to connect to ResNet, your computer must meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Hardware
    • 1-gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 1-GHz 64-bit (x64) processor
    • 1 GB of system memory
    • Windows Aero-capable graphics card
    • 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
    • 80-GB hard disk
    • Internal or external DVD drive
    • a 10/100Mbps Ethernet adapter and an Ethernet patch cable or a 10/100Mbps Wireless Ethernet adapter
  • Operating System
    • Microsoft Windows Vista (Business, Home Premium or Ultimate) Service Pack 2 (SP2)
    • Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate) Service Pack 1 (SP1)
    • Windows 8.1
    • Apple Macintosh OS X 10.7.5 or above.
    • Students wishing to use Linux as their operating system may do so, but will receive limited support.
    • Students should bring to campus all installation disks and CDs for the software on their computers.
  • Security
    • Regardless of the operating system installed on your computer, be sure to install all security updates/patches available from the manufacturer. In addition, you must also install Internet security software (anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall) and keep it up-to-date. WVU has licensed Kaspersky Internet Security for all students, faculty, and staff. Download Kaspersky Internet Security.