While the primary purpose of the Endicott Network is to support instruction and
research activities, Endicott does not prohibit the use of the residential
network for gaming provided these activities do not interfere with the primary
purposes of the network.
If you are interested in using the residential network for gaming there are
three things you should know:
1. Endicott does not block any of the high numbered ports used by internet
gaming servers. The only ports blocked on the residential network are a few low
numbered ports used by well known internet worms such as Code Red, Slammer,
Blaster and Welchia. Outbound SMTP connections are also blocked as we found
many worms were using this port to propagate.
2. Computers on the residential network use private IP addresses which
are translated into public IP addresses by our firewall in order to connect to
the internet. This is a popular security mechanism known as Network Address
Translation or NAT. Most internet games work quite well via NAT but there may
be some games or other internet software that does not work over NAT. Endicott
does not support any internet software on the residential network if it does not
work either over a NAT connection or through a proxy server.
3. If you have a network aware game console such as an Xbox or
Playstation you must register it with the IT Help Desk in order to be able to
use it on the residential network. To do this, call the Help Desk at extension
2072 and submit your request. You will be required to provide the hardware
address, known as the MAC address, of your device in order to register it for
access to the residential network.
Please know that in most cases this will show up as Strict NAT for XBox, and
Nat3 for Playstation. At this time there is nothing that can be done to change