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Student Network

NSU has adopted network access controls to verify the use of student computers. These controls will check the user’s identity and provide access to important pages that all users need to be aware of when using NSU's network. To do this, we use a technology developed by Cisco Systems called Cisco Network Access Control (NAC).


While there is an agent available for login, it is not required. The only thing required is Java which is included in most browsers. Internet Explorer will try to use Active X controls, and, if not opening correctly, switch to Java. To check for the latest version of Java, got to the Java home page and verify your version.


Connect your computer to the network jack in your room. NAC is only used on the network ports in dorm rooms. When your plug your Ethernet cable into the wall jack and their computer, you will be asked to login with your username and password. This is the same user name and password they user for MyNSU, NSUWIRELESS and lab computers.

Please note that many rooms have multiple ports on the wall. Not all of them are network ports. Some are telephone ports. Most dorms are setup with one Ethernet port per bed. If there are more than one port per bed, it is most likely that some will not be for connecting to the network. Unfortunately, these ports may not be labeled and figuring out which is for network may take some trial and error. When the rooms get painted, repaired or other updates performed, the labeling gets hidden or removed by the contractor.

When connecting to the Ethernet port, be sure to turn off or disable the wireless interface (AKA adapter, NIC, wifi). This can cause your attempts to get online to fail. What happens is: there are two paths to communicate to the network when Ethernet and wireless are both connected. When the request to get online goes through one path, it may try to come back through the other. Because it comes from a different path, the return of the request is not understood by NAC or your computer.

One of the first things suggested to do when connecting to NAC is to try accessing NSU's main page, It, any other NSU.EDU pages such as MyNSU, Blackboard, and NSU Spartans email are permitted without logging into NAC.

Acceptable Use Policy

The NSU Acceptable Use of Technological Resources, is the main NSU policy that governs ALL data and IT resources. All users that connect to or access IT resources here at NSU must adhere to it. The policy is based on the Commonwealth of Virginia's standards and polices. Everyone should be familiar with it as they are held accountable to it.

Gaming Consoles

If you have a gaming console, it will have to be connected to the network port using the network (or Ethernet) cable and granted special access to bypass logging in. Send an email to security @ from your NSU email and include the type of console, the dorm building you reside in, the dorm room number, and MAC address of the network interface of the console. The MAC address can be accessed using the settings for the game device. It is imperative the MAC address be 100% accurate. If it is wrong or missing, our system cannot see it and give it access.

We verify the information provided is correct. So, please have connected your game console to the network before sending the information. We check to see if it was on the network at one time before authorizing it. This allows us to be sure the MAC provided will be found and will work.

The Wii and Wii-U have USB Ethernet interfaces that can be purchased separately. Once you have one, connect it to the Wii and plug it into the network. Follow the same procedure as above.

Routers or Wifi Access Points

NSU prohibits the use of personally owned network gear in order to protect you and your data. When these are connected, there is no such thing as security. Anyone can then save all your data, including email, web sites, pages, videos, pictures and anything that can be sent across a network. It is as if you have handed them the keys to everything.