Network Services

MSU Information Technology provides the MSU community with network and wired and wireless Internet access on campus and in outlying MSU research centers. MSU IT also manages the MSUnet campus backbone and IP network resources.

Wired network connections are provided in offices, residence halls, lecture halls, and computer labs, as well as in common meeting areas such as libraries, study lounges, and athletic areas.

Wi-Fi network access is available in all residence halls, as well as academic buildings on much of campus (including the south campus farms) to support the mobility of faculty, staff, and students.

Network Partnerships

MSU partners in several external network and data connectivity projects with other universities and organizations.

The Michigan LambdaRail (MiLR) is a high-speed network built jointly by Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University, and operated by the Merit Network. MiLR provides 10Gbps Ethernet connections between researchers at the three universities and national and international connection points in Chicago.

MSU is also part of OmniPoP, which is a fiber optic network collaboration between the participating Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions that connects them to each other and to research hubs worldwide with 10Gbps connectivity.

Wi-Fi Details

MSUnet Wireless supports the current Wi-Fi standards – 802.11a, 802.11g and 802.11n. The 802.11n standard operates in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies.

To maintain Wi-Fi quality, MSU IT can constrain any wireless network devices with incorrect or conflicting configurations that could adversely impact the performance of MSUnet Wireless.

Wi-Fi in Residence Halls

All MSU residence halls have full Wi-Fi access.

Department Wi-Fi Networks

Any MSU unit wireless network not integrated with MSUnet Wireless should follow these guidelines:

  • The SSID “MSUnet Wireless” and any SSID containing the words “MSUnet Wireless” are reserved for devices belonging to the MSUnet Wireless network.
  • The transmitting power of access points should be limited to the minimum that is needed to cover a desired area.