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rmbrown09
Sep 5, 2011, 09:50 PM
So long story short

1.) I live on campus at a University

2.) The University will shut down your ethernet restricting you to wifi (1mb/s compared to the 80mb/s ethernet) if you use it too much

3.) To use ethernet you must register your computers MAC address, like anything else say a 360 that uses the wire

4.) I always get shut down because I Skype and play games online



How can I change my MAC address // navigate around the schools blocks? My roommates computer still works fine on ethernet and the only way I can think that they identify me is MAC address. What can I do?



alust2013
Sep 5, 2011, 09:55 PM
Basically, you can't, at least not without doing something that will get you permanently kicked off of your school's internet.

rmbrown09
Sep 5, 2011, 09:57 PM
Basically, you can't, at least not without doing something that will get you permanently kicked off of your school's internet.

I tried a basic guide on changing my MAC, and it seemed to work but when I restarted the MAC changed back to what is was before and the ethernet wouldn't work before or after the restart. I'm up for anything here, I am going to have to deal with this for 9 months otherwise.

MisterMe
Sep 5, 2011, 10:09 PM
Two things:

It's not circumnavigate, it is circumvent.
You can't.

rmbrown09
Sep 5, 2011, 10:11 PM
Two things:

It's not circumnavigate, it is circumvent.
You can't.


1.) Good thing I'm not an English major
2.) ****

Quad5Ny
Sep 6, 2011, 12:40 AM
The 128KB/s (1mbit) WiFi isn't enough for online gaming?

rmbrown09
Sep 6, 2011, 12:52 AM
The 128KB/s (1mbit) WiFi isn't enough for online gaming?

causes major lag, especially since the speed can drop suddenly at peak hours or just slow to a sluggish pace. Plus downloading things, for example trying to download SC2 earlier, which is 7GB, will take forever on wifi.

basher
Sep 6, 2011, 11:57 AM
So long story short

1.) I live on campus at a University

2.) The University will shut down your ethernet restricting you to wifi (1mb/s compared to the 80mb/s ethernet) if you use it too much

3.) To use ethernet you must register your computers MAC address, like anything else say a 360 that uses the wire

4.) I always get shut down because I Skype and play games online



How can I change my MAC address // navigate around the schools blocks? My roommates computer still works fine on ethernet and the only way I can think that they identify me is MAC address. What can I do?

At my college if you break the technology terms of use agreement you lose access to the technology. Be careful what you do. You college may have a similar stance.

My advice is Skype and game less and study more.

rmbrown09
Sep 6, 2011, 02:06 PM
Well I figured it out. In case anyone else is in a similar situation;

Step 1.) Check your current MAC, not necessary but you can see what it is.

Terminal --> ifconfig en0 | grep ether


Step 2.) In my case I went to the site where the MAC is registered and create a new entry for what will be my spoof. 00:11:22:33:44:55

Step 3.) Unplug from ethernet, change the address with

sudo ifconfig en0 ether 00:11:22:33:44:55

and then replug.

Step 4.) Download the whole internet and swap your mac every time you get shutoff. Our schools seems to be 2GB within 24 hours = shutdown.

bigjobby
Sep 6, 2011, 02:17 PM
Step 4.) Download the whole internet and swap your mac every time you get shutoff. Our schools seems to be 2GB within 24 hours = shutdown.

WOW! That'll take a while. Hope you have a big enough data centre. :)

spidey3
Sep 6, 2011, 02:33 PM
Our schools seems to be 2GB within 24 hours = shutdown.

Is that 2GB download, or 2GB upload?

2GB/day download limit is a bit severe, but not completely out of the ordinary. It is LOT of video at YouTube's lower settings.
Recommendation: Reduce your p0rn consumption.

I can understand a 2GB/day upload limit. Skype / gaming should not exceed this, and you are not supposed to be running a server for free on the university's dime.
Recommendation: Find hosting services and pay for them.

Spidey!!!

Salukipilot4590
Sep 6, 2011, 02:33 PM
Well speaking of big downloads I downloaded the whole internet last thursday...


Didn't take too long.

DW58
Sep 6, 2011, 02:54 PM
Awaits the "I got kicked out of college for abusing network privileges" thread :p

Downloading the whole internet is quite an achievement :confused:

:rolleyes:

rmbrown09
Sep 6, 2011, 03:38 PM
Is that 2GB download, or 2GB upload?

2GB/day download limit is a bit severe, but not completely out of the ordinary. It is LOT of video at YouTube's lower settings.
Recommendation: Reduce your p0rn consumption.

I can understand a 2GB/day upload limit. Skype / gaming should not exceed this, and you are not supposed to be running a server for free on the university's dime.
Recommendation: Find hosting services and pay for them.

Spidey!!!

2GB download... (switches Mac for the 3rd time today)

DW58
Sep 6, 2011, 03:55 PM
2GB download... (switches Mac for the 3rd time today)

Hell's teeth - maybe you are downloading the entire internet :eek:

Just what are you doing that you require 6Gb+ downloads per diem - that's a lot of porn for a college kid :p

tjb1
Sep 6, 2011, 04:03 PM
Hell's teeth - maybe you are downloading the entire internet :eek:

Just what are you doing that you require 6Gb+ downloads per diem - that's a lot of porn for a college kid :p

Ever download AutoCAD? Thats like 2.5GB right there.

spidey3
Sep 6, 2011, 04:09 PM
2GB download... (switches Mac for the 3rd time today)

Seriously, dude, you ARE going to get caught, and you ARE going to have a LOT of explaining to do.

Just because you are switching MAC addresses doesn't mean that network ops will not be able to trace the excess usage to the physical port on the switch to which you are connecting, and use that to identify you.

Keep in mind that universities are very sensitive to excess bandwidth utilization by students right now. This is not just because of the cost of providing the necessary bandwidth, but also because of liability: Several schools have been sued for copyright violations because of students who were downloading pirated files...

So, cool it cowboy...

Spidey!!!

marc11
Sep 6, 2011, 04:20 PM
At my college if you break the technology terms of use agreement you lose access to the technology. Be careful what you do. You college may have a similar stance.

My advice is Skype and game less and study more.

Yeah but don't you know most kids just entering school today already know everything and because of that know they are smarter than the schools tech department? :) Until they get caught, then they blame everyone else because nothing is their fault either.

rmbrown09
Sep 6, 2011, 04:21 PM
Seriously, dude, you ARE going to get caught, and you ARE going to have a LOT of explaining to do.

Just because you are switching MAC addresses doesn't mean that network ops will not be able to trace the excess usage to the physical port on the switch to which you are connecting, and use that to identify you.

Keep in mind that universities are very sensitive to excess bandwidth utilization by students right now. This is not just because of the cost of providing the necessary bandwidth, but also because of liability: Several schools have been sued for copyright violations because of students who were downloading pirated files...

So, cool it cowboy...

Spidey!!!

Reason im hammering it today is because I am downloading starcraft II (legally) from their site. The game is 7GB.

My traffic is minimal most of the time.

DW58
Sep 6, 2011, 04:45 PM
4.) I always get shut down because I Skype and play games online


Reason im hammering it today is because I am downloading starcraft II (legally) from their site. The game is 7GB.

My traffic is minimal most of the time.

Post #1 & post #19 rather contradict each other - better come up with a better story for when the college networking police suspend your ass for abusing your bandwidth allowance.

rmbrown09
Sep 6, 2011, 04:49 PM
Post #1 & post #19 rather contradict each other - better come up with a better story for when the college networking police suspend your ass for abusing your bandwidth allowance.

#19 describes why it is getting shutdown today, my first post describes the majority of the time. I don't know why you think you've caught me in some contradiction here Sherlock.

so close
http://f.cl.ly/items/2Y3B3e1w1m0M2R050t0u/Screen%20Shot%202011-09-06%20at%202.47.58%20PM.png

guitargoddsjm
Sep 6, 2011, 08:47 PM
Be careful, because spidey's post was spot on. If it comes down to it, they will likely be able to track your physical location down.

In all honestly, I blame the school for having 1) a terrible network and/or 2) extremely restrictive policies. I'm very familiar with my school's network and policies and we have an extremely fast network and no restrictions on bandwidth. You can lose access privileges if you're caught pirating, but you'd have to be pretty stupid to get caught.

srf4real
Sep 6, 2011, 08:50 PM
Well, so glad you've gotten out of mum's house and living at university. Gaming online, beating/cheating the system (temporary, I assure);) and downloading the whole internet, she'll be so proud when you explain why you couldn't stay! :confused:

rmbrown09
Sep 6, 2011, 09:27 PM
Well, so glad you've gotten out of mum's house and living at university. Gaming online, beating/cheating the system (temporary, I assure);) and downloading the whole internet, she'll be so proud when you explain why you couldn't stay! :confused:

I am a sophomore this year, I know how it goes. Nothing will happen.

Vader
Sep 6, 2011, 09:38 PM
I am surprised they just limit it by MAC address. At my college, you could only get on the internet if you registered your device's MAC address with IT, I think you had 15 slots and they all counted against your usage quota. Luckily transfers within the network didn't count against you! If a few people already downloaded a big game like Star Craft, I could just grab it from them to save my quota.

Darien Red Sox
Sep 6, 2011, 09:45 PM
You do know that there are college IT people who read these forms?

spidey3
Sep 7, 2011, 01:59 AM
Reason im hammering it today is because I am downloading starcraft II (legally) from their site. The game is 7GB.

My traffic is minimal most of the time.

Consider using a download manager to throttle your bandwidth utilization...

shrx
Sep 7, 2011, 10:51 AM
You do know that there are college IT people who read these forms?

It's not like he posted his acutal MAC address...

Salukipilot4590
Sep 7, 2011, 11:19 AM
Well other than downloading the new Starcraft......how about a long distance relationship?

We all know how much Skype use is needed in those situations! How else are you going to fap?

guitargoddsjm
Sep 7, 2011, 11:45 AM
You do know that there are college IT people who read these forms?

The majority of IT people suck. Their purpose is to serve users, but so many I've dealt with are arrogant and lazy. They should be able to beef up the network architecture enough to offer high (if not limitless) bandwidth/speed caps. [/rant]

Anyways, to back up my previous post, this is over wifi (5Ghz wireless-N):

http://tardis1.tinygrab.com/grabs/1342a687717321463054f74cb415fe166513bf5bcf.jpg

Patriot24
Sep 7, 2011, 12:32 PM
There have to be a ton of open wi-fi networks around if you are on a major college campus. Perhaps for large downloads you could try Starbucks, a library, or friend's apartment?

brand
Sep 7, 2011, 12:44 PM
They should be able to beef up the network architecture enough to offer high (if not limitless) bandwidth

It sounds like you have no idea how much enterprise grade network equipment and quality servers cost

tjb1
Sep 7, 2011, 02:12 PM
It sounds like you have no idea how much enterprise grade network equipment and quality servers cost

Sounds like you havent seen the cost of tuition in a while...

$536 a credit here.

$2900 to live with 3 other people for 4 months.

$1450 to eat 10 times a week.

brand
Sep 7, 2011, 04:31 PM
Sounds like you havent seen the cost of tuition in a while...

$536 a credit here.

$2900 to live with 3 other people for 4 months.

$1450 to eat 10 times a week.

And what does that have to do with the cost of quality hardware?

tjb1
Sep 7, 2011, 08:03 PM
And what does that have to do with the cost of quality hardware?

I pay a hell of a lot to go to school, they have enough money to upgrade the network. I average $11,000 a semester, multiply that by like 2,400 on campus students plus the 4,000 off campus and they have enough. You act like colleges are poor.

spidey3
Sep 7, 2011, 08:49 PM
I pay a hell of a lot to go to school, they have enough money to upgrade the network. I average $11,000 a semester, multiply that by like 2,400 on campus students plus the 4,000 off campus and they have enough. You act like colleges are poor.

Most of that tuition, etc. goes to pay for things which matter to your education. Salaries for teaching and support staff, cost of building and maintaining facilities, etc...

Believe me - the last thing which universities are in these days of reduced government funding is rich. Making do - yes - but certainly not rich.

benhollberg
Sep 7, 2011, 09:01 PM
What school?

tjb1
Sep 8, 2011, 12:48 AM
Most of that tuition, etc. goes to pay for things which matter to your education. Salaries for teaching and support staff, cost of building and maintaining facilities, etc...

Believe me - the last thing which universities are in these days of reduced government funding is rich. Making do - yes - but certainly not rich.

Oh yes, my school is so god awful poor. Teachers do not need a raise every semester, the President does not need $100k+ a year. Get with it, seriously. Just because you are CEO or something, how in the hell does that mean you deserve a million dollar salary? Or a pro athlete, million dollar contracts? The money system is so ****ed up anymore its ridiculous.

My cost per credit has increased over $50 in 2 years, this year they closed the library on saturday. You go by the library on saturday and EVERY LIGHT IS ON, ALL DAY. They also run fountains all over campus. Its cool how I pay more and get less every time I come back here. AND I STILL HAVE NO WIRELESS IN MY DORM. A college shouldnt need increased government funding to survive, cut the pay and deal with it or you are going to start losing students. Want to know a funny thing, I am at a tech college and I pay more in tuition than PENN STATE MAIN CAMPUS. So damn tired of everyone trying to say the school is broke, ITS NOT. Its the morons who run them that put money where it isnt needed. Not to mention everything is overstaffed.

Needed:
-Library on saturday
-Main cafeteria open past 3pm

Not Needed:
-Landscaping along sidewalks
-Fountains running
-Lights on in a closed building
-30 people running a cafeteria when 5 could do the same thing

Back on topic, I dont have wireless because the school is "upgrading" supposedly. They had 4 months in the summer to upgrade. Our internet fluctuates from 5mpbs down to 35mbps down to just plain doesnt work. The only thing reliable at this school is the fact you will get screwed harder the next time you come back.

nonameowns
Sep 8, 2011, 08:35 AM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/1472469488.png

yay for RIT

mainstay
Sep 8, 2011, 10:16 AM
I love reading these posts where people want to do something that is "Against the Rules" and there is a vicious response from the broad community telling them how they shouldn't be doing this or trying to get around that.

My God, they seem to feel that they are defenders of the IT realm and that only them and their high-brow morals are standing in the way of absolute anarchy and chaos.

If your school wanted you to have more than 2GB per day, they would have designed it that way. Or if Apple wanted you to do X, they would have made it that way. So don't fight the system, don't fight the man, and by God, don't fight your IT department. Utter *********.


If a person asks for advice and you don't agree with what they are trying to do, don't respond.

If a person is asking for information that is something you feel is a grey area and you know the answer or have suggestions, provide insight with a possible warning of the possible negative outcomes.

But don't be an IT cock-blocker.