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Internal News - 29 November 2007

YouTube, Skype and file sharing available to campus residences

Students can now use the campus residential networking service (ResNet) to watch streamed videos on YouTube, use peer-to-peer file sharing software and access telephone services such as Skype, as part of upgrading work completed recently by BUCS.

The work includes improvements in the off-campus links with a new gigabit fibre optic network, enabling BUCS to remove previous bandwidth restrictions. The firewall, which regulates data flow across the network, has also been redesigned to ensure that users have fair access to the internet.

This includes a 10-fold improvement in the data capacity between ResNet, the firewall and the internet, allowing BUCS to relax the ResNet, docking and the wireless network terms and conditions of service.

New innovations on ResNet also include Freewire Television and a new computer-based telephone service.

The television service allows residents with a personal TV licence to watch a freeview-style service via their PC. This service includes some foreign language channels and pay channels.

Students are also able to make low-cost or free phone calls over the network using either a desk phone connected to the network in some residences, or via software on a user’s computer in all residences.

If the person they are calling is signed up to the same service, such as Freewire, these calls are often free, with low cost calls possible to and from standard telephones.

For more information on any of these services, see the Related Links section.