Residence Hall Quick Start Guide

Use of the Residence Hall Network requires weekly authentication to access campus and Internet services. Please follow the Getting Connected section to get started. Once you connect to the Residence Hall Network, you can switch to the online documentation pages. Should you need assistance, please contact the IST Service Desk (

Respect for Copyright

  1. We endorse the guidelines set forth by The EDUCOM Code, created in 1987:

    Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to work of all authors and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, right to privacy, and right to determine the form, manner, and terms of publication and distribution. Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially critical in computer environments. Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violations may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community.

  2. We are required under the Higher Educational Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) to assist in the reduction of the illegal sharing of copyrighted materials through peer-to-peer (P2P) and other file sharing technologies. Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United states Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

  3. Penalties for copyright infringement beyond university disciplinary actions include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages per work infringed. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment.

Getting Started

  1. Once connected, students are required to follow the Acceptable Use Policy for Cyber Resources. Please review the Acceptable Use Policy for Cyber Resources for complete information.

  2. The NJIT Student Senate voted to recommend that the University restrict peer-to-peer file sharing. Information Services & Technology enacted procedures to support this recommendation. As of May 2003, access to popular peer-to-peer sharing services from the NJIT Network to the commodity Internet was blocked and no longer function.

  3. A wireless network is available in the residence halls. The SSID "NJIThousing" wireless network should be "preferred" over the other NJIT wireless networks in the residence halls. This SSID is available only in the residence halls. For wireless networks, click here. Personal Wireless Access Points shall not be allowed in residence halls.

  4. NJIT does not permit the connection of Hubs/Switches on the network ports due to a limitation on IP address space. Residents may add a residential NAT/PAT gateway with RFC 1918 private address space ( to support multiple connections. Hub and Switch control have been implemented in all residence hall networks. Details.

Getting Connected

  1. Authentication is required for use of the NJIT Network and Internet. To authenticate, open your browser and go to Information about authentication is available here. If you have problems, please call the IST Service Desk at 973-596-2900, or dial extension 2900 from any campus phone. A campus phone is available at the front desk of each residence hall.

  2. If you have not already done so, install your Network Interface Card (NIC, LAN Card) in your computer. This should be an Ethernet card with an RJ45 Jack. Most newer PCs already have one installed.

  3. During the installation, install only the TCP/IP protocol, set to automatically configure. Using other protocols can cause noise on the Residence Hall network and slow down connectivity for all residents. Note: You must set the TCP/IP protocol to automatically configure. This option can also be referred to as, "Obtain IP Address Automatically", or "Use DHCP to Configure this System." If the bridge connection or other protocols such as IPX/NetBios are installed, they should be removed or disabled.

  4. Obtain a twisted CAT5, CAT V or better Ethernet cable with RJ 45 connectors. This cable will connect your PC to the campus network. It is important that you use the correct cable; do not use a telephone cable or other flat serial cable. The use of an incorrect cable can damage the pins in your network port or cause a poor connection.

  5. Locate the wall plate in your room (it is usually near your desk). The wall plate will have a single RED RJ45 jack that looks like a large phone connector. Connect your Ethernet cable to both the RED jack on your wall plate, and the port on your computer's Network Interface Card.

  6. Boot your PC.

  7. Start your browser and go to Residence Hall Connectivity Guide, review the Agreements, Connectivity Guide, and other services. The remaining steps link from this page. You can select the Quick Start Guide and continue from here interactively.

  8. To use the residence hall network, you need a University Computing ID (UCID). Information about your UCID and how to obtain it is available in the IST Getting Started Guide.

  9. To use your e-mail, see How to Send Mail from a Residence Hall or visit the Webmail By Google Launch Page.

Last Updated: July 5, 2018