All of OSU's Residence Halls & Cooperative Houses 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 most all have wireless coverage. We recommend bringing a network 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. We highly discourage the use of wireless routers as they may interfere with ResNet's wireless coverage.
Most residents bring a laptop computer, but desktop computers, smart phones, tablets, iPads, etc. can all be used on ResNet.
This summer OSU is upgrading wireless connectivity in all the residence halls. We are installing a new wireless access point (WAP) in every 3rd room or suite (at minimum). Over 1000 new WAPs will be added to all fifteen residence halls. All rooms will continue to have a wired Ethernet connection.
The new WAPs in the halls are 802.11n, are compatible with 802.11a/g, and have both 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz radio frequencies. There will also be an increasing number of 802.11ac WAPs installed in academic buildings around campus over the next few years. They will all be backwards compatible to 802.11a/g/n.
We suggest that any new wireless devices are 802.11ac compatible as most will also work on with 802.11a/g/n. 5-GHz devices are also recommended as there is less interference with 5-GHz, and most devices that have 5-GHz radios also have 2.4-GHz radios. 2.4-GHz tends to have better range, but is more prone to interference.
Coming September 2014, all enrolled OSU students will have access to the latest full version of Office 365 Pro Plus on up to 3 devices (Windows, Mac, iPad, Android) at no cost via the Microsoft Student Advantage Program!