What is NetReg?
NetReg is a Boston University Campus Network service that produces
an association between you and any computer you register in an institutional
database. This database is subsequently used to assign your computer
an Internet addressalso known as an IP addressassociating
you with the address you're assigned.
What is the purpose of NetReg?
ResNetthe network serving Boston University residence hallsprovides
high speed access to the Campus Network and the Internet to over 11,000
computers. If any one of these computers is improperly configured, malfunctioning,
or compromised by a virus, worm, or other malicious intrusion, it can
affect the performance of ResNet and the availability of network resources
overall. Without NetReg, a malfunctioning computer can only be immediately
identified by its Internet address. Using this address to determine
who to contact in response to a problem is difficult and time consuming.
With NetReg's association of BU login names to network addresses, we
can determine who to contact in response to a problem more quickly and
efficiently. Furthermore, since NetReg compiles a list of ResNet subscribers,
we can send important announcements to the ResNet community regarding
network upgrades and maintenance activities.
Does NetReg reconfigure,
install software, or place information on my computer?
No. NetReg simply creates a record in the NetReg database with your
network address and BU login name.
After I register and reboot
my computer, how do I know I'm registered via NetReg?
Once you register and reboot your computer, you should have unrestricted
access to the Campus Network and the Internet. For example, if you can
successfully direct your Web browser to a Web service such as Google
(http://www.google.com/), you and
your computer have been registered via NetReg.
Does a computer registered
with NetReg have access to resources that would otherwise require me
to enter my BU login name and Kerberos password?
Although registering a computer with NetReg enables that computer to
communicate via ResNet, registration does not in itself enable a computer
to gain access to resources that otherwise require a BU login name and
Kerberos password, such as e-mail, ACS, and the Link. A BU login name
and Kerberos password are always required each time you connect to these
resources from any computer.
I have visitors who want
to connect their notebook computers to ResNet while they're here. Can
they register their computers?
Only someone with a BU login name and Kerberos password can register
a computer on ResNet. If you have guests who want to use ResNet while
they're here, you may register their computers in your name. However,
you will be held accountable for their use of ResNet. Keep in mind that
you should only enter personal information such as a BU login name and
Kerberos password on a computer you own, or on a computer owned by someone
Can I use NetReg to register
my wireless access point?
Personal computers are the only devices authorized to connect to ResNet.
Network components such as personal wireless access points that are
not installed and managed by the Office of Information Technology are
prohibited in the residence halls.
Why shouldn't I use a personal
wireless access point in the residence halls?
There are several reasons why personal wireless access points are prohibited
in the residence halls. These devices often provide a broad range of
complex network services that may interfere with ResNet performance
and availability. More importantly, unregulated wireless access points
pose a serious security risk that can be exploited by malicious individuals
to eavesdrop on wireless transmissions. These transmissions often contain
sensitive or confidential information, such as passwords and personal
records. Would you feel comfortable giving an acquaintance or someone
you don't even know access to your letters, telephone calls, or e-mail?
Personal wireless access points put something else, and possibly someone
else, between you and your ResNet transactions. They may also provide
others with access to your transmissions, even if these individuals
don't have physical access to, or control over, the device.
Is it ever safe to use a
Wireless networks that are professionally managed and maintained by
a responsible network service provider and that incorporate additional
security features such as a VPN are reasonably safe to use. For more
information about wireless network access at Boston University, including
locations at the University that provide authorized wireless service,
visit our IT Help Center wireless network Web site
Who should I contact if
I have other questions about NetReg?
If you have questions about NetReg or personal computing at Boston
please contact the IT Help Center at: