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Technical Information

People often ask us for information about how the Student Network works. Unfortunately when answering these sorts of questions we're never quite sure what level of detail people are looking for, and at what point we go into so much detail that people lose interest. As a result, the information below is just some of what may be of interest — if you think there's something else that should be here, please feel free to ask.

Network Design

Some aspects of the design of Student Networking are touched upon in the history of our residence network.

For the most part, the Student Network is pretty much the same as the rest of the University's network. The differentiation is largely administrative; from a network topolgy perspective we've got one network. Thus the following applies equally to all parts of the network on our main campus:

If you're looking for diagrams of how Student Networking fits into the rest of the University's network, or how the network is designed as a whole, a good place to start is the layer three network map of campus. There's a corresponding layer two map.

We also maintain information on how we allocate subnets and VLANs on campus, and how DNS names are allocated.

Service Availability

Our network monitoring system monitors the availability of networking in residences, the wireless network, Internet access, and many other things.

Information about known faults and planned maintenance is posted to noticeboard.ru.ac.za.

We graph many things including traffic utilisation on the Student Network.  We use this to make informed decisions about network upgrades, etc.

Last Modified: Tue, 22 May 2018 09:43:20 SAST