UAB IT is currently blocking certain peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing protocols. P2P protocols are cited in copyright infringement cases brought against students and employees at a number of educational institutions by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other media companies.

Recent trends across the country also show an increasing number of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints for distributing copyrighted works over peer-to-peer protocols. Students and Employees should be aware that copyright infringement is not only against UAB policy, but also federal law.

UAB IT uses an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) device to monitor network activity for malicious or unwanted behavior. The IPS also allows for real time blocking of selective P2P protocols which will reduce our risk of receiving DMCA complaints and promote compliance with the UAB Acceptable Use Policy regarding copyright violations.

UAB IT does not block protocols currently being used for legitimate purposes. Streaming content such as YouTube should not be affected by the change. There are several options available to users who wish to participate in legal downloading of media, such as Rhapsody, Spotify, ITunes music store and Amazon mp3.

Users encountering connectivity issues as a result of these changes may contact AskIT for assistance at 205-996-5555.






Published in FAQ - Infrastructure

The following devices are currently supported for registration:

  • Microsoft Xbox & Xbox 360
  • Sony Playstation 2 & Playstation 3
  • Sony Playstation Portable (PSP)
  • Nintendo Wii
  • TiVo DVR
  • Nintendo Gamecube

Please follow these steps to register your device:

1. Visit the registration site:

2. Enter the required information including your BlazerID, Password, MAC address, and Device Type. For instructions on how to determine your MAC address, click on the type of device you are using from the list under "How to find the MAC" on the left side of the page.

3. Click "Register."



Note: The console must be connected directly to the Ethernet port on the wall. Please note that switches, hubs or routers may not be used to connect multiple devices at the same time. The game console should be configured to automatically obtain an IP address (also known as DHCP); this is the default in most cases. If you need to change your device settings to DHCP, please contact the manufacturer of the console or visit their website for support.

Published in FAQ - Infrastructure
January 01, 2012

Research Network

Network resources are the fundamental infrastructure connecting you to a world of information.  High speed networks carry data rapidly across campus and connect UAB to institutions across a leading-edge national  infrastructure.  Dedicated network resources support transparent access to computational and collaboration resources whether they are on campus or across the nation.

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