Information Technology

Wireless Access Points, Network Hubs, and Network Routers Standards

Butler's Computer Use Master Policy allows Butler students to connect their own devices to the campus network. In order to maintain optimal network operations, IT does not allow access to devices that require any modification to the existing campus network or interfere with its normal operation.

To this end, certain devices are not allowed on the Butler University network unless approved by Information Technology. These devices include, but are not strictly limited to:

  • Wireless Access Points (e.g., Apple AirPort Base Stations, Linksys Access Points, or Gateways)
  • Routers (e.g., Cable/DSL routers)
  • Any device or computer running network server services such as DHCP, DNS, SMTP, WINS, or acting as a network router (e.g., Windows Internet Connection Sharing)

These devices and services are known to interfere with the operation of the Butler University network. Operation of these devices or services is a violation of University policy, and will result in loss of network access and/or disciplinary action. Intentional interruption of Butler University network services will result in further disciplinary action and/or prosecution. Visit the Student Handbook for the complete Computer Use Master Policy. Remember, the master policy and these standards are NOT to discourage computer use, but to promote and maintain a reliable computer network for all to use.

Approval for networking devices may be sought by sending an email to helpdesk@butler.edu. Include the make/model of the device, its MAC address, and the intended use. If approved, the device will be granted access to the network for one academic year. It will need re-approved each year, and approval may be revoked at the discretion of Information Technology at any time.

Wireless network cards for laptops and/or desktops are encouraged. When configured correctly, these will allow you to access the Butler network from several wireless "hotspots" across campus. For more information on wireless networking, visit IT's wireless page.

Please contact the Help Desk with questions regarding these devices or configuration of your computer.