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Using a Router in UL Lafayette Residence Halls

RUMOR:  Students can use wireless routers in the residence halls/dorms.
FACT: Wireless Routers can/will interfere with access to the UL-WiFi network and can even disrupt connection to the wired network if improperly configured.

Wireless routers are NOT allowed in residence halls.

UL Lafayette residence-hall rooms are equipped with at least one wired (Ethernet) network port per student with one exception, the Conference Center, which has no wired ports. UL Lafayette has also provided a supplementary wireless network, UL-WiFi, to allow residence hall students the convenience of mobile internet service while in their dorm rooms and adjacent common areas.  UL-WiFi is available in all residence halls and commons areas within the buildings.  Because of the inherent limitations of wireless technology, Office of Information Technology (OIT) strongly recommends students connect to the wired connection in their room whenever possible.  The wired connection is especially recommended when conducting coursework online and taking exams online.

Students are increasingly bringing multiple devices to campus, which need to be connected to the wired UL Lafayette network. To accommodate these devices, the Office of Information Technology has approved the use of personal network switches in student rooms. These switches must not have wireless capability (i.e. Apple Airports are not allowed) because wireless devices disrupt UL-WiFi and can even have negative impacts on the wired network.  To assist with this need, OIT has evaluated several Gigabit port switches.  

Both wired and wireless routers can cause disruption of UL-WiFi (wireless) and the wired network.  If you are currently using a wireless router, please disconnect it and power it off.  If you have questions or need additional information please contact the IT Help Desk at 482-4357.


We have provided the names and model numbers of two of the switches meeting the approved functionality required by OIT.

TP-LINK, 5-port Gigabit Desktop Switch (Model No. TL-SG1005D

which is available at these fine retailers:

• Best Buy (online)
• Wal-Mart (online)
• Tiger Direct (online)

ASUS Gigabit Switch (Model No. GX-D1051)

which is available at these fine retailers:

• Office Depot (online)
• B&H Photo (online)
• Tiger Direct (online)

These switches may be available in store, and at other retailers (online or in store).  The switches listed here are not exclusive and additional switches may be used. 


The following guidelines are provided to help you select the right switch:

  • Must not have wireless capability
  • Must not have "router" in the product description
  • Must not have NAT, or other firewall-type technologies.
  • The switch must be connected to the data port in the student’s room.  Each switch comes with installation instructions and must be followed exactly so as not to disrupt the network in the dorms.  If an installation does cause problems with the dorm network, the student will be contacted by OIT and provided information of the disruption. Additionally, the data port will be disabled until the student can resolve the problem.

If you have any questions please contact the IT Help Desk in Stephens Hall Room 201!  Come by, call (482-HELP), or email us!

If you are currently using a wireless router, please disconnect it and power it off.  If you have questions or need additional information please contact the IT Help Desk at 482-4357.

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