Information Technology and Services

Using a Router in Syracuse University Residence-Hall Rooms

Syracuse University residence-hall rooms are equipped with one wired (Ethernet) network port per student. Students are increasingly bringing multiple devices to campus, which need to be connected to the wired SU network. To accommodate these devices, Information Technology and Services (ITS) has approved the use of personal network routers in student rooms (sometimes called "broadband routers or "cable/DSL routers"). Routers must not have wireless capability (i.e. Apple Airports are not allowed) because wireless devices disrupt the SU network (wired and wireless).

Recommended router devices:

The routers below do not have wireless capability and therefore should not cause any disruptions on the SU network.
  • Linksys EZXS88W
  • NETGEAR RP614
  • TP-LINK TL-SF1005D
  • TP-LINK TL-R860
  • NETGEAR GS105


Router Dos and Don'ts:

  • When setting up a personal network router, be sure to connect the WAN port to the network wall jack in your residence-hall room. Connect your devices to the LAN/Switch ports on the router.
  • Students who use a personal network router are responsible for all of the devices connected to the router and the data that is transmitted through the router to the devices. Students who use the University network to violate copyright laws by downloading materials for which they do not own a license or uploading (sharing) materials without the written permission of the copyright owner can be held liable for thousands of dollars in penalties and legal costs and be subject to University sanctions. Go to the University's Copyright and File-Sharing Web page for more information.
  • Installing commercially available wireless network access points in the residence halls is strictly prohibited. Installation of these devices will disrupt the SU network (wired and wireless) and result in a student's network port being disabled.