Terms of use

To be able to cope with the load of 200 clients (70 users) and for a stable network, some rules have to be followed. Please read this carefully. Better print it and put it right above your PC.

Section 1

  1. One must only use the IP which has been assigned using the DHCP service.
  2. The name of each computer must equal the hostname at the time of registration. This does also apply to Windows Netbios names (one can change the name of a machine after it was registered)
  3. One is not allowed to use any other protocol in the ASK except, and only except, for TCP/UP. No IPX, no NetBEUI, no Appletalk. Even Windows networks tend to function using nothign but TCP/IP.
  4. Programs which produce excessive or unnecessary network load should not be used (if possible). Especially not during the "rush hour". Such programs include (but not only) VoIP (like Skype), music streams (like shoutcast or last.fm).
  5. Every subscriber has to ensure that he/she can be reached under the mail used for registration in an appropriate amount of time.

Section 2

The network access is for personal use only and must not be provided to third persons. This includes especially connection the machine of another inhabitant of the ASK (e.g. using a proxy or using NAT). Appart from this forbiddance are subnets, which do require a prior written permission of the netadmins for current semester and every member of this subnet has signed a usage contract. Visitors which use the machines of a subsriber are also exempted. Absolutely illegal is further:
  1. the use of programs which cause to high load on the network
  2. the operation of servers in the ASK network which provide illegal or copyrigthed material
  3. the operation of servers in the ASK network which produce excessive network load
  4. sending spam mails
  5. all hacking activity (including port scans)
  6. the logging/analysis of foreign TCP connections (sniffing)
  7. spoofing other's IP address
Furthermore the terms of use of the data center of the HFU, as well as their ISP (BelWü) / DFN do apply.
Violation of the terms in section 2, usually lead to a immediate and permanent lockdown of the network access and consequently to a exclusion of further usage of the ASK network. In extreme cases legal measures will be taken, which might result in a removal from the register of students (especially in cases of intional hacking attempts or distribution illegal material using the ASK network).
If one violates the terms in section 1, the access is shut down (at least) until the incident has been clarified. In case of a repeated violation, the network access can be permanently disabled in order to ensure a stable network for the other users.
Subnet provider are obliged to physically disconnect a user of their network immediately at order of a netadmin in case of a violation of the rules above. If the subnet provider should not follow that request in appropriate time, the network access of the provider (and therefore the one of the violator) can be disabled.
The network activity is autmatically monitored for IP theft, other protocols, network load, portscans, etc.
A subscriber avowes herself to accept that the data needed for administration is saved in a database.
Appendix (2007-03-22) Users are explicitly advised to install the latest security patches and are obliged to ensure their machine does not execute any kind of harmful code or viruses. Violating this appendix does result in a immediate termination of the network access. end of appendix