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ITS Standards

Welcome to the University at Albany network, a community resource that supports the academic, research and business functions of the University. These standards are written to provide all users with basic information for connecting devices to the network.

First of all, become familiar with the University's Responsible Use of Information Technology Policy.

Any device (workstation, desktop, laptop, hand-held, etc.) connecting to the University at Albany campus network, either locally or remotely, must comply with the following standards:

  • The operating system (OS) and installed software applications must be currently supported and have all updates, patches and fixes to protect against known vulnerabilities. Where possible, automated updates should be enabled.
  • Be free of malware (viruses, trojans, worms, bots, spyware, etc.). 
  • Have an installed, operational, antivirus program with up-to-date virus definition files. The highest level of antivirus protection is provided by using the auto-update feature. Managed, University-owned machines are equipped with site-licensed antivirus software.
  • Complex passwords must be used on any device connected to the University network.
  • Use an installed firewall, especially if it is supplied with the operating system.

If your device meets these criteria and you have a valid University at Albany NetID, you're ready to connect. The network supports connections from wired (network jack) locations, wireless access points across campus and off-campus locations (home, hotels, etc.) Use the chart below as a guide to the appropriate connection procedure.

Types of Devices/

UAlbany-owned Device

Personally-owned Device




On Campus (residential dorms)


Register using Apogee registration

On campus (wired)


Contact faculty/staff sponsor

On Campus (wireless)


Connect using WPA client software

Off Campus


Requires use of commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP)




On Campus (wired)

Register using NetReg or see your Technology Coordinator

On Campus (wireless)

Connect using WPA client software


Off Campus

Requires use of commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP)


VPN client software is needed to access Windows file server resources.

Remote Access to the Network:

Members of the University community can access resources on the network from off campus. Access to certain resources (e.g. Windows file server shares, Remote Desktop, shell or database access) requires the use of the campus VPN solution. VPN client software is available to the campus community free of charge. Versions are available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and MAC OS X operating systems.

Suspension of Network Access:

The University at Albany network is a community resource. The network is monitored regularly for unusual traffic activity and connected devices are subject to periodic scanning for known vulnerabilities and exploits. The Office of the CIO reserves the right to suspend the network access of any device connected to the network that represents a threat to the confidentiality, integrity or availability of University information assets, including systems which are not compliant with University policy, regulatory or legal requirements. Such suspension shall include notification to the registered user. See also the University's Information Security Policy.

For more information, see our policy on Connecting Devices to the University Network .

Adopted: 2006
Reviewed: July 2019