Student Network Access
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).
What do I do?
Students need to know that NAC is currently enabled on their ports in their dorm room. When they plug their Ethernet cable into the wall jack and their computer, they will be asked to login with their username and password. This is the same user name and password they user for MyNSU, NSUWIRELESS and lab computers.
Do I need to install any software?
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.
I have the latest Java installed but it still doesn't work.
The latest versions of Java are set at a higher security level. Prior to release 7u51, the default setting was "medium." This has been changed to "high." Users can change the Java's security settings using the instructions below.
What if I have a MAC?
Java can be updated through Software Updates by accessing the apple icon in the top left. Alternatively, you can go to java.com and check to see if you have the latest version.
"Inactive plug-in installed" - Some security features in the MAC disable newly installed plug-ins. If you use the "Do I have Java?" link from java.com and recieve a message that states "inactive plug-in installed" click the message. It is a hyperlink that will enable the plug-in. This means to click the words "inactive plug-in installed."
What is the AUP?
NSU policy 60.201: 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.
What about my XBOX or Playstation?
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 @ nsu.edu 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 adress 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.
How do I connect my router or wireless access point?
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, vidoes, pictures and anything that can be sent across a network. It is as if you have handed them the keys to everything.