Using Broadband to Connect to NJIT's Network

Getting a broadband connection to the NJIT Network from off-campus requires a broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP). Remember, you need a VPN connection to download software or obtain full access to the NJIT Network. There are four major broadband options:  Cable, DSL, FiOS, and Satellite. When choosing a broadband service provider, consider all factors, such as:

  • Cost?
  • Is it offered in my location?
  • Must I upgrade my hardware?

Providers can offer a variety of packages including a monthly rate, an hourly rate, yearly rate, or even a bandwidth rate. Please confirm that it supports a VPN connection using the IPSec protocol.

Cable Modem

A cable modem gives you high speed Internet access using your standard cable television line. Your cable line is split to carry the television signal to your tv and the data to your cable modem. Using a cable modem will not affect the reception of your tv, nor will watching tv affect your Internet connection speed. The speed of a cable Internet connection depends on how many other users are connected in your area at the same time. Cable Internet uses "shared bandwidth" technology, meaning transmission lines are shared with other users, but each user must subscribe to the service individually. Typically, cable companies maintain a high level of customer service to prevent slow connection speeds. Cable Internet connections are "always on" so your cable modem is always connected to the Internet, meaning your computer will constantly be "online." Cable Internet access is not available in all locations. This site may help you find the right cable Internet access provider for your area.

DSL or FiOS

A DSL or FiOS service will give you high speed internet access using your telephone line or fiber connection. Your telephone line is split to carry the phone signal to your telephone and the data to your DSL modem or fiber for FiOS connections. Using your DSL or FiOS modem will not affect the quality of your telephone line, nor will using the telephone affect your Internet connection speed. Unlike cable Internet, DSL lines are not shared with others in your area, so connection speeds are constant. DSL and FiOS Internet connections are "always on" so your cable modem is always connected to the Internet, meaning your computer will constantly be "online." DSL and FiOS Internet access is not available in all locations. This site may help you find the right DSL provider for your area.

Last Updated: June 29, 2017