All requests for Internet access accounts for summer conferences must come from the conference organizer or a designated UMKC faculty or staff member. Please refer to the Conference Organizers page for more information.
All residential rooms have high-speed Ethernet ports that can be used for Internet access while on campus. Additionally, most common areas (lounges, dining halls, etc.) have wireless Internet access available. The most recent campus map of wireless locations can be viewed here.
The following prerequisites need to be meet before you connect to the UMKC network:
- Users intending to use the wired in-room network jack must bring their own network cable.
- Your computer must have the most recent security patches/updates installed (please see below for more information).
- UMKC Information Services blocks Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing programs from use on the UMKC network. Computers with active peer-to-peer software will have all network access blocked! For this reason, it is important to make sure you do not have any peer-to-peer software installed before you connect to the UMKC network. For more details, refer to our position on Peer-to-Peer File Sharing.
- Please review UMKC Computer Usage Guidelines.
Securing Your Computer
Before your computer is granted access to the UMKC network, you are responsible for ensuring that your computer is up-to-date and secure. Specifically, you should do the following:
- Download and install operating system patches. Make sure your computer has the latest security patches by visiting Windows Update for Windows computers or Software Update for Macintosh computers (available in System Preferences). You may also want to configure Windows Update or Software Update to automatically download and install critical updates.
- Make sure you have current, up-to-date anti-virus software installed on your computer. Make sure you use anti-virus software and keep it up to date with the most recent anti-virus definitions. Along with the more popular Symantec and McAfee offerings (among others), there are a few good freeware alternatives like AVG Free. We also recommend you configure your anti-virus program to download and install updates automatically.
- Watch out for spyware. Run anti-spyware software to remove existing spyware and protect yourself from future attacks. Some excellent freeware tools exists, such as Ad-Aware and Spybot-Search & Destroy.
- Prepare your computer for residence hall connectivity. All computers attempting to connect to the UMKC network through the residence hall will automatically have SafeConnect software installed. See our SafeConnect page for more information.
These guidelines ensure your computer and the UMKC network are secure and protected.
Guests staying in the residence halls and using the campus network should note the following:
- Dorm rooms are equipped with one network jack per resident. Therefore, only one device per resident at a time can be connected to the network. Routers and other network access devices are not permitted on the network and will be blocked.
- The UMKC network does not support use of Sony Playstation game systems. Xbox and Wii systems are permitted. If you have problems connecting your game system to the network, please have the MAC address and IP address of the system handy when you call the Technology Support Center for assistance.
Need help? The UMKC IS Technology Support Center is available to assist with Internet connectivity issues (during normal hours of operation). Please visit the Technology Support Center web page for the current hours of operation.