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Cabled network & data sockets

Cabled network connectivity allows IT users to connect PCs or servers to the University network via high-bandwidth data sockets (Category 6 or 7).

Broadly speaking, there are two standard types of data socket available for general use: Dedicated staff connections and functional connections.

With the typical staff socket connection, a staff member’s desk phone can be connected directly to the data socket, whilst their PC device is connected to the phone itself. The phone then merges digitized audio and data to/from the PC, via the one physical socket connection. Alternatively, a PC may be connected directly to the socket. These sockets are reserved for connecting staff members’ allocated PCs or shared/departmental PCs to the campus data network.

Functional connection sockets are typically located in teaching spaces and meeting areas. Anyone having a University IT account (username and password) may connect University-allocated PC devices or their own personal devices via these connections; though they will need to enter their username/password as part of the connection sequence. Users of these connections will be able to connect at least to the Internet, and possibly to internal University resources, depending on their login account privileges.

For specialist users: In addition to these standard connections, dedicated connection routes can be set up between various socket/router locations on campus, with TCP/UDP port and IP address restrictions as required.

Note that some data sockets on Campus are currently inactive, and therefore cannot be used; however these can be activated on request. Also, sockets can be ‘repurposed’, i.e., staff connections can be reconfigured as functional connections, or vice versa.

Staff socket connections: Only University PCs and desk phones (allocated for staff/departmental use) can be used with these connections.

Functional socket connections: Any device may be used with these; however a student, staff or Associate login username or password will need to be entered in order to establish a connection.

In addition, there are various special-purpose sockets around the campus, which include those used for connecting open access PCs: These cannot be used for connecting any devices other than those for which they are intended.

If your cable connection appears not to be working, you may be able to resolve the problem quickly yourself: 

  • first, check the physical connection
  • then restart the connected device.

If this does not resolve the problem or you have any questions not answered on this site, please contact Digital IT.