To connect to the college network, you will need a computer with a network card and a special All-Lan cable (unless you are using wireless or are in a newer building that requires a standard CAT5 Ethernet cable). Cables can be purchased at the college bookstore.
Initial access to the network requires completing the NAC registration process. Once you have successfully registered your computer, you will have access to resources on the college network (network storage drives, internet access, etc.).
Access to the campus network requires each device's unique hardware address (MAC address) be registered in PacketFence, the technology that provides Network Access Control. If you are interested in learning more about the network, visit Network Access Control – how does it work? and NAC FAQ – questions and answers about the PacketFence implementation.
Members of Lafayette's community have three options for storing data and should consider the content of the data when deciding which method of storage to use. This is especially important if you have access to sensitive College data, as you must in that case follow the College's Data Stewardship Policy.
ITS offers VPN (Virtual Private Network) access to the campus network to all college employees. VPN software provides a secure connection between your remote computer and the network and allows your computer to function as if it were actually on campus. It does not directly connect you to your desktop nor allow you to access files saved to your computer's hard drive. But when you are working remotely, VPN allows you to access your shared network drives and some applications that can only be run when connected to the campus network.
Network Access Control, or NAC, provides a more reliable and secure network environment and is a critical component of the college’s network virtualization design. There are different NAC clients available. PacketFence is the technology implemented at Lafayette.