In your university office, you usually have a wired UB
network connection to the Internet. You may also have Wi-Fi
UB's wired network provides switched 10/100/1000 Mbps Internet
access for students, faculty and staff from on-campus locations and
some remote locations.
There is a
charge to install and activate a new data network access
outlet. Ask your IT support staff who should submit the request if
you need a new outlet.
The network address, the IP (Internet Protocol) address, by
which your computer is known on the network can be leased or fixed.
UB recommends using leased or DHCP (Domain Host Configuration
Protocol) addresses because they are easily re-used and support the
use of mobile devices.
The staff responsible for your IT support has the authority to
register a DHCP address for you. This was probably done during your
computer set-up process.
Most computers do not require a fixed IP address to operate at
There are a few examples, however, of the need for a
static IP address.
- IT equipment that are destination devices on which others rely,
for example, printers and servers
- Computers whose access to institutional data is controlled, in
part, by an IP address
Your IT support staff can consult with you about this need and
have access to the tools to request a fixed address.