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Personal Internet Connection Options

Connecting On Campus

 

Type of Internet Connection: Maximum Speed: Computer Connection Needs: Session Connection Time Limits: Important Notes:

Dial-in Modem Pool

*DoIT Dial-in Service to be terminated July 1, 2011*

Mac Support Docs

Windows Support Docs

56 Kbps
  • 56K modem
  • Phone cable (RJ11)
  • 24 hours max session
  • 15 minute inactivity time out
  • Can't use modem & phone at the same time
  • Can't connect when modem pool is busy
ResNet
(UW Housing ONLY)
100 Mbps None
  • Frees phone line
  • Always connected
  • Fastest connection
UWNet Wireless 54 Mbps
  • Wireless Networking card (802.11b/g/n)
24-hours max due to a daily maintenance disconnect at 5:30 am.
  • Only available near Wireless Access Points
  • Expanded access to Internet

 * Most modern laptops have this built-in now.

Connecting Off Campus

 

Type of Internet Connection: Maximum Speed: Computer Connection Needs: Session Connection Time Limits: Important Notes:

Cable High Speed Internet through Charter

1.0 Mbps up to 25 Mbps

  • Cable Modem (Usually provided by or leased from Internet Service Provider)
  • Ethernet card*
  • Ethernet cable (RJ45)
None
  • Frees phone line
  • Always connected
  • Much faster than a modem

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) High Speed Internet through TDS MetroCom or AT&T in Madison. Additionally, outside of Madison, Verizon may be available.

768 Kbps up to 6.0 Mbps

  • DSL Modem (Usually provided by or leased from Internet Service Provider)
  • Ethernet card*
  • Ethernet cable (RJ45)
None
  • Frees phone line
  • Always connected
  • Faster than a modem
  • More consistent speed than Cable

Wireless Access through Mad City Broadband

1.5 Mbps
  • Wireless Networking card (802.11b/g/n)
None
  • Only available near Wireless Access Points
  • Expanded access to Internet
  • Specific coverage area only.
Mobile Broadband through a local cellular provider. Verizon Wireless, AT&T Wireless, Sprint Wireless, Cricket, and so on. Varies by service provider and data plan. 3G speeds up to 14 Mbps max
  • Laptop Mobile Broadband networking card AND data plan through a Mobile Broadband service provider
  • OR a cellular phone capable of data tethering (smartphone) AND data plan through a Mobile Broadband service provider
None
  • Allows full internet access in areas with cellular coverage without an ethernet or wifi connection
  • Most cellular contracts require data plans purchased separately
  • Mobile Broadband connections have a monthly data cap (usually 250MB-5GB) and will charge a per MB fee if that cap is exceeded

 * Comes preinstalled in most modern desktop and portable computers.




Keywords: personal internet connection dial-up cable modem dsl connectivity wireless campus   Doc ID: 3090
Owner: Patrick J.Group: DoIT Tech Store Consulting
Created: 2004-07-29 19:00 CDTUpdated: 2012-12-19 11:25 CDT
Sites: DoIT Tech Store Consulting