Data Network Services

  • Network
  • Network switches with cables
  • Network switches with cables

Data Network Services consists of applications used and functions performed to provide local, remote, or internet connectivity for the broader University of Minnesota community. Support for Data Network services is provided by University resources and partnerships with other institutions and organizations.

Next Generation Network (NGN) Project

The project will upgrade all components of the University’s network, wired and WiFi, over the next three years.  Morris campus WiFi upgrades will begin in early July and continue through the summer.  


The fastest and most secure network on campus, eduroam is the preferred secure network at the University of Minnesota Campuses. This network is also available for visitors from other campuses that employ eduroam, who can use their own credentials from their institution to log in.

Service Offerings

Network Address Management

All devices connecting to the Internet must have unique network addresses; it's the way the network knows your computer from someone else's, or your website from another. Internet Protocol (IP) is the communication method by which data is sent from one address to another. The University manages network addresses with Domain Name Service (DNS) and DHCP Configuration.

Network Billing

Offices and divisions are charged approximately $100 annually for network connections used by campus personnel.  The Information Technology Office's office will track connections and bill offices and divisions annually. 

Network Firewalls

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers a campus-wide central firewall service that enables network security protection for University of Minnesota computer users and resources. A firewall is an access control device that inspects network traffic passing through it and denies or permits passage based on a set of security rules which are configurable by a mid-owner. A firewall policy is a collection of security rules designed to prevent unauthorized electronic access to private and sensitive data and resources stored on networked computer systems.

The Telecommunications Department provides local and long distance service to the entire Morris campus. We have an onsite telephone technician on campus to make our adds, moves, and changes as quick and smooth as possible. Voicemail is provided to the students, staff, and faculty.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The University of Minnesota Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service makes it seem as though you are inside the University network when you cannot be. It enables a more secure connection to the University network when you are: using wireless, connecting from a non-University Internet Service Provider, and transmitting sensitive data accessing restricted University resource.

Wired Network

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides network services to customers both on and some off-campus locations. These services, which are owned, planned, and maintained by the University, connect everyone on campus to the Internet and to local network resources.

The University of Minnesota (University) wireless network is the centrally managed Office of Information Technology (OIT) service that provides campus affiliates and guests with wireless Internet access as they roam U of M campuses or visit University Extension Services and Research Outreach Center sites.This service offering is part of our Data Network Services.