The Hong Kong Polytechnic University student residence hall network is an extension of the University's campus network. The network, which is TCP/IP based, facilitates hall users to services such as email, file transfer and Internet surfing.

The campus (and hence the residence hall) network is an indispensable facility in supporting the University's learning, research, teaching and administration. All users (staff and students) are responsible for ensuring that the network facilities are being used in an effective, ethical and lawful manner.

The residence hall network, like the overall campus network, is provided and administered by the Information Technology Services Office (ITS). Use of the network is governed by the regulations stipulated and updated from time to time by ITS and other rules of the University.


1. The residence hall network connection is provided to students and staff for accessing network services available on the University network as well as on the Internet.

The network user should observe the network services policy which stipulates that:   

  • Controversial materials of obscene and pornographic nature should not be accessed, developed or distributed using the residence hall network.
  • E-mails should not be used for any of the following purposes:
Commercial activities
ii. Chain letters
iii. Broadcasting messages which are likely to harass or offend others
iv. Any communication which violates applicable laws and regulations
3. The network user must use only validly licensed software in his/her computer.
4. Network IP address is assigned and administrated by ITS. Use of network IP addresses other than that provided by ITS is strictly prohibited.
5. Hacking, unauthorized sniffing of any kind and port scanning are not allowed on the residence hall network. Any attempt to produce excessive network traffic such as broadcasting or unsolicited massive emailing is prohibited.
6. Extending the network from any network outlet is not allowed. Only one personal computer is allowed to the network outlet or IP phone outlet. Setting up of routing or other special network functions is strictly prohibited.
7. The computers connected to the residence hall network should only be configured as a client. Server hosting and dial-up from a remote site to any hall machine is strictly prohibited.
8. Anti-virus scanning software must be installed for any personal computers to be permitted connection to the network. Click here for advice.
9. The residence hall network is protected by the University's Internet Firewall System to bar external attacks and certain remote access privileges are disabled. Details of the firewall rules are available at

As the residence hall network is an extension of the PolyU campus network which is a member of the HARNET network, hall network users are required to observe the "HARNET Acceptable Use Policy", details of which can be found at the following URL:

Disciplinary Action

Violation of the aforementioned Regulations on the use of the residence hall network may result in the temporary or permanent suspension of the user's access privilege to the network and may also be referred to the University's Disciplinary Committee. Offences that violate the laws of Hong Kong will be turned to the authority of by HKSAR.

University's right

The University reserves the right to amend, restrict or extend network privileges and resources to the hall users when necessary.


ITS, in making available the network services to the hall users, accepts no responsibility for any damage arising directly or indirectly from the use of these facilities. ITS makes no warranty, express or implied, regarding the network services offered, or their fitness for any particular purpose.


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