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Old 08-25-2012, 03:39 AM
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Question P2P File Sharing Policy

What is Drew's policy on P2P and other file sharing software usage on campus? If the use of this software is for legal purposes (like facilitating the download of large files purchased online), should there be a cap of the bandwidth use so the entire network won't be affected? If so, what is recommended?
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:28 PM
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I'll refrain from commenting on the school's official policy, but I can tell you that while trying to download a very specific Linux distro last year, I found that one of the ports I needed to access that specific file was blocked. I'm not sure if it was intentionally blocked in order to cut back on torrent traffic, or if something was amiss with the tracker I was trying to use, but I was unable to download that particular file. Your mileage, obviously, may vary.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:43 AM
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Everyone on campus is responsible for being familiar with, and abiding by, the Network User Agreement. Within the boundaries laid out there, bandwidth is not artificially capped by the University. If you have any more specific questions, feel free to email cns@drew.edu.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:00 AM
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Default It wasn't us . . .

I can tell you that we're not doing anything on the network to prevent any specific file types from being downloaded. It was probably a problem with the tracker.

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Originally Posted by James A. Matarrese
I'll refrain from commenting on the school's official policy, but I can tell you that while trying to download a very specific Linux distro last year, I found that one of the ports I needed to access that specific file was blocked. I'm not sure if it was intentionally blocked in order to cut back on torrent traffic, or if something was amiss with the tracker I was trying to use, but I was unable to download that particular file. Your mileage, obviously, may vary.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:05 PM
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Default I'm just going to refer to my previous comment

And we're not blocking specific ports for the client computer networks. We only have a handful of outside TCP/IP addresses that are used by client computers, and we're using Port Address Translation to map available ports presented to the outside to the actual ports on your internal-to-Drew IP address on-campus. It's the same as putting your computer behind NAT off a home router, just on a bigger scale. If a piece of software works with NAT, it should work normally on our network.

The way we handle the Drew-managed servers and services is completely different, and we block all low-numbered network ports to those addresses except for the ones we explicitly allow.
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