Bandwidth is the amount of information you transfer to and from the internet. Students are allowed a certain amount of bandwidth each day.

Daily Bandwidth Allowance

Students are permitted a daily quota of 5GB high speed data (inbound and outbound). When the quota is reached, connection is limited to a maximum speed of 10Mbps. For usage exceeding 10 GB, the connection speed is reduced to a maximum of 2Mbps. The quota operates on a 24-hour sliding window.   

To facilitate automatic software updates, data quotas are relaxed between 2 a.m. - 8 a.m. 

Bandwidth Safeguards

Since excessive use of bandwidth by a few individuals can slow connections for others on campus, Information Technology safeguards appropriate data transfer amounts by:

  • applying a standard bandwidth quota and reducing the data transfer speed when the quota is reached
  • using packet-shaping technology, which restricts the use of peer-to-peer networking (such as file sharing and BitTorrent)