Network Overview


Extension offices across the state of Iowa are typically connected to the Iowa State University campus network through private, dedicated T1 links. All internet traffic to and from Extension offices passes through ISU. Additionally, core network services such as DHCP (for IP address assignment) and DNS (for name resolution) are provided by ISU IT Services for the entire ISU community.

Network Registration

Each computer using the ISU network must complete a brief registration process and agree to the Code of Computer Ethics and Acceptable Use policy. This network registration process, NetReg, ensures that unauthorized systems cannot utilize the network.

Guests wishing to use the network may be temporarily registered by a staff person at their discretion. Guest systems should be registered into the 'visitor' subdomain to ensure they are purged regularly.

Local Area Network Information

Extension office local area networks connect computers, printers and other devices in an individual office to one or more ethernet switches and to a router on-site which manages the wide area network connection and VPN link to the ISU campus. Wireless is available in all offices.

Moving or Expanding Your Office

Extension IT provides technical expertise in planning and managing office local area network installations and expansions. Essential LAN design guidelines and a move contract are available for review. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Additional Resources

Virtual Private Network (VPN) information and instructions
File sharing overview and options
Adding a new printer to your office network
Adding a new copier to your office network