ResNet Bandwidth Policy

Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be sent from one computer to another through a network connection in a certain amount of time.  Due to the nature and population of ResNet, there are bandwidth management systems in place. Please take responsibility for your bandwidth usage and reduce your impact on others - read our Tips for Reducing Bandwidth Usage.

Data Prioritization on ResNet

Bandwidth is the measurement used to determine the amount of data that can be sent from one computer to another through a network connection in a certain amount of time. Data flow is negatively impacted by a steady increase in users on the network who transfer data above a standard level or size.  This increase in users and demand causes contention, slowing down the speed of transfer for everyone.

Bandwidth contention on the ResNet network is a concern for residents and for CCS and Student Housing Services, the University of Guelph departments that support the ResNet service.  Many steps have been taken to address bandwidth issues and these changes have had a successful impact on the increased demand for bandwidth on ResNet. To help manage ResNet bandwidth, the following steps have been taken:

  • The amount of internet bandwidth available to ResNet has been and will continue to be increased when feasible.
  • Prioritization of certain types of internet traffic has been implemented to improve interactive performance. ResNet has been configured to favour interactive traffic (such as web browsing) over background traffic (such as peer-to-peer or file sharing software traffic).
  • The bandwidth usage cap system discourages excessive use of the network so that ResNet clients do not negatively impact on others.

Tips for Reducing your Bandwidth Usage

  • Turn off uploads or peer to peer file sharing.
  • Install anti-spyware software to remove any spyware installed on your computer.  Spyware and malware can run undetected in the background and use up large amounts of bandwidth.
  • Install anti-virus software - computer viruses can also run undetected and use up bandwidth.
  • Multiple devices connected through your one connection will all contribute to bandwidth usage - secure your routers to ensure you are the only one connected to your devices.

Please be advised that CCS does not condone the sharing of copyrighted materials. If you are involved with any copyright infringement activity, CCS will act accordingly to protect the network from your actions and you will be held responsible for this activity.