Network Policy and Support

The Sidney-Pacific residential computing network includes 100 Mbps ethernet (wired) connections in all resident apartments and 802.11ac (400 Mbps) wireless throughout the building. The reliability of the network depends on residents understanding and abiding by house policy regarding its use.""

The use of routers and switches in SP are strictly prohibited, since they may act as rogue DHCP servers, or heavily interfere with the MIT wireless network in the building. There should be no need for personal wireless routers after the 2014 wireless access point upgrades. If you require further connectivity, please file a report at or contact the relevant house officers and we'll do our best to help.

Know where to report network problems:

While it may seem indirect, filing a request at is the most efficient way to get help. One reason is that the online form asks you for relevant information you might otherwise forget or not think to provide. Also, on the other end, the ticket system helps Residential Computing Consultants (RCCs) organize problem reports. Please also fill out the wireless survey to provide useful information to IS&T so they can better provide for us.

Consequences for violators

"I'm a resident who really doesn't care what happens to my neighbors. If my wireless router takes out their internet, too bad for them. My own internet connection is all that matters. I'm not going to waste my time working with you. What should I know?"

If we find you, we'll fine you. The S-P Board of Trustees will consider any such situations on a case-by-case basis.

Reiterating the previous section, however, we would much prefer not to be in the business of catching people. If you don't want to be fined, just tell us about your computing needs. You have nothing to lose.