Aberystwyth University Network Information

Aberystwyth University operates a strict network that has a number of rules and regulations with no official support for gaming on the network. The network is officially for academic use only, Information Services permits non academic use but offers no support. Please see this page for the full details.

The Firewall & Ports

Aberystwyth by default blocks most ports, only some very minimal and default ports are allowed on the network. IS allow users to unblock ports via the following web page here. You will have 1 option from the drop down regardless of how many devices you have registered, editing the ports here applies to all of your registered devices.

The firewall updates every morning (including the weekend) at roughly 8AM, so if you've applies ports to your account as discussed above, you will have to wait until the next firewall update until you are able to game on the ports recently opened. More information can be found at the following FAQ.

Devices

IS require you to register your console before it can be used on the university network, a guide on how to register your console can be found here. Bear in mind that this is for wired only, as consoles do not support the authentication that the University network uses.

The bandwidth cap

Information Services implement a "rolling bandwidth cap" which means that you can not download more than 30GB of data within a single 24 hour period. This cap applies to all of your devices, so if you download data on one your cap increases for them all.

How it works
If you download 2GB of data at 11AM on Monday morning, you will not get that 2GB of data applied back to your account until 11AM the following day (24 hours later). This means that if you left steam running (doh!) and downloaded 30GB of a game all at once you will likely have to wait 24 hours for all of your bandwidth to return. You can monitor your bandwidth download here

Off Peak Times

Between the hours of 3am to 9am the bandwidth cap is lifted, meaning you can download as much as you need (within reason). That way if you have any large games/updates to download you could schedule them to run at this time, and not go over your cap.

The bandwidth cap does not apply to internal university pages (blackboard, primo etc) and your use of public workstations is also not affected.

Further Help

If you require further help please ask in our tech support group on Facebook, which can be found here

PC Gaming

PC Gaming in Aberystwyth is restricted on the University network. To play games online, you will have to unblock ports. Check the 'General' tab to see how to unblock ports, and see the ports tab to see a list of ports for some common platforms / games.

You can see the list of ports required for various games and platforms below:

Steam

Origin

See the ports page for the full list.

Playstation 4

First of all, connecting to the Playstation Network requires that you have ports opened. To do this, you must go to myaccount.aber.ac.uk and, after logging in, select "Open a port in the University firewall". After selecting your device (there should be just one), you will be presented with a simple form. Firstly, you select the protocol - your choices are TCP or UDP. Then, type in the port number in the next field. If it is a range of ports, put in the first port in the range, then tick the box. Finally, type in the reason, which will simply be "PSN". The ports you must unblock can be found HERE.

The ports will be unblocked at roughly 7AM (including the weekend). Additional note: These are the ports just for the Playstation Network. Your games will likely require additional ports as well. A quick google search should help you find them, e.g., "Battlefield 4 PS4 ports". Also, some may not function at all, such as Call of Duty, which uses peer-to-peer instead of dedicated hosting.

Secondly, you have to share your PCs network connection with your PS4, as the PS4 cannot directly connect to the University network. I've found the easiest way to do this is using a program called Connectify. It creates a wireless hotspot for you. Download it from www.connectify.me/download. Once it is downloaded and installed, you will be presented with a screen like this one: http://imgur.com/07B4U5h

Under Hotspot name, type in your desired network name. Note that it must begin with "Connectify-" unless you pay for the pro version. Next, type in a password so that others can't use your network without permission (anything going through this connection counts towards your daily 12GB bandwidth limit - it would be a shame if a house mate was stealing your connection and making you hit the limit). Finally, under "Internet to share" select whichever network card you are using to connect your PC to the Internet.

Et voila! That should be it. Once you connect your PS4 to the hotspot created with Connectify, you should be able to access the PSN.

FAQ

I'm using a VPN and I still can't connect my PS4 to the PSN!

If using a VPN, you almost definitely will have had to install a new network device. There will be a device called TAP-Win32 Adapter - that is the VPN device, and that is what you need to select under "Internet to Share" in Connectify.


I use OSX, how do I share the network?

Try following this guide to share your Internet connection with your PS4.

Please note that you will NOT be able to share your internet connection with Mavericks, this is blocked by Mavericks and can NOT be changed.

Xbox One

First of all, connecting to Xbox LIVE requires that you have ports opened. To do this, you must go to myaccount.aber.ac.uk and, after logging in, select "Open a port in the University firewall". After selecting your device (there should be just one), you will be presented with a simple form. Firstly, you select the protocol - your choices are TCP or UDP. Then, type in the port number in the next field. If it is a range of ports, put in the first port in the range, then tick the box. Finally, type in the reason, which will simply be "Xbox LIVE". The ports you must unblock can be found HERE

The ports will be unblocked at roughly 7AM (including the weekend). Additional note: These are the ports just for Xbox LIVE. Your games will likely require additional ports as well. A quick google search should help you find them, e.g., "Battlefield 4 Xbox One ports". Also, some may not function at all, such as Call of Duty, which uses peer-to-peer instead of dedicated hosting.

Secondly, you have to share your PCs network connection with your Xbox One, as the Xbox One cannot directly connect to the University network. I've found the easiest way to do this is using a program called Connectify. It creates a wireless hotspot for you. Download it from www.connectify.me/download. Once it is downloaded and installed, you will be presented with a screen like this one: http://imgur.com/07B4U5h

Under Hotspot name, type in your desired network name. Note that it must begin with "Connectify-" unless you pay for the pro version. Next, type in a password so that others can't use your network without permission (anything going through this connection counts towards your daily 12GB bandwidth limit - it would be a shame if a house mate was stealing your connection and making you hit the limit). Finally, under "Internet to share" select whichever network card you are using to connect your PC to the Internet.

Et voila! That should be it. Once you connect your Xbox One to the hotspot created with Connectify, you should be able to access LIVE.

FAQ

I'm using a VPN and I still can't connect my Xbox to LIVE!

If using a VPN, you almost definitely will have had to install a new network device. There will be a device called TAP-Win32 Adapter - that is the VPN device, and that is what you need to select under "Internet to Share" in Connectify.


I use OSX, how do I share the network?

Try following this guide to share your Internet connection with your Xbox One.

Please note that you will NOT be able to share your internet connection with Mavericks, this is blocked by Mavericks and can NOT be changed.

Xbox 360

First of all, connecting to Xbox LIVE requires that you have ports opened. To do this, you must go to myaccount.aber.ac.uk and, after logging in, select "Open a port in the University firewall". After selecting your device (there should be just one), you will be presented with a simple form. Firstly, you select the protocol - your choices are TCP or UDP. Then, type in the port number in the next field. If it is a range of ports, put in the first port in the range, then tick the box. Finally, type in the reason, which will simply be "Xbox LIVE". The ports you must unblock can be found HERE

The ports will be unblocked at roughly 7AM (including the weekend). Additional note: These are the ports just for Xbox LIVE. Your games will likely require additional ports as well. A quick google search should help you find them, e.g., "Battlefield 4 Xbox360 ports". Also, some may not function at all, such as Call of Duty, which uses peer-to-peer instead of dedicated hosting.

Secondly, you have to share your PCs network connection with your Xbox360, as the Xbox360 cannot directly connect to the University network. I've found the easiest way to do this is using a program called Connectify. It creates a wireless hotspot for you. Download it from www.connectify.me/download. Once it is downloaded and installed, you will be presented with a screen like this one: http://imgur.com/07B4U5h

Under Hotspot name, type in your desired network name. Note that it must begin with "Connectify-" unless you pay for the pro version. Next, type in a password so that others can't use your network without permission (anything going through this connection counts towards your daily 12GB bandwidth limit - it would be a shame if a house mate was stealing your connection and making you hit the limit). Finally, under "Internet to share" select whichever network card you are using to connect your PC to the Internet.

Et voila! That should be it. Once you connect your Xbox360 to the hotspot created with Connectify, you should be able to access LIVE.

FAQ

I'm using a VPN and I still can't connect my Xbox to LIVE!

If using a VPN, you almost definitely will have had to install a new network device. There will be a device called TAP-Win32 Adapter - that is the VPN device, and that is what you need to select under "Internet to Share" in Connectify.


I use OSX, how do I share the network?

Try following this guide to share your Internet connection with your Xbox 360.

Please note that you will NOT be able to share your internet connection with Mavericks, this is blocked by Mavericks and can NOT be changed.

Playstation 3

First of all, connecting to the Playstation Network requires that you have ports opened. To do this, you must go to myaccount.aber.ac.uk and, after logging in, select "Open a port in the University firewall". After selecting your device (there should be just one), you will be presented with a simple form. Firstly, you select the protocol - your choices are TCP or UDP. Then, type in the port number in the next field. If it is a range of ports, put in the first port in the range, then tick the box. Finally, type in the reason, which will simply be "PSN". The ports you must unblock can be found HERE

The ports will be unblocked at roughly 7AM (including the weekend). Additional note: These are the ports just for the Playstation Network. Your games will likely require additional ports as well. A quick google search should help you find them, e.g., "Battlefield 4 PS3 ports". Also, some may not function at all, such as Call of Duty, which uses peer-to-peer instead of dedicated hosting.

Secondly, you have to share your PCs network connection with your PS3, as the PS3 cannot directly connect to the University network. I've found the easiest way to do this is using a program called Connectify. It creates a wireless hotspot for you. Download it from www.connectify.me/download. Once it is downloaded and installed, you will be presented with a screen like this one: http://imgur.com/07B4U5h

Under Hotspot name, type in your desired network name. Note that it must begin with "Connectify-" unless you pay for the pro version. Next, type in a password so that others can't use your network without permission (anything going through this connection counts towards your daily 12GB bandwidth limit - it would be a shame if a house mate was stealing your connection and making you hit the limit). Finally, under "Internet to share" select whichever network card you are using to connect your PC to the Internet.

Et voila! That should be it. Once you connect your PS3 to the hotspot created with Connectify, you should be able to access the PSN.

FAQ

I'm using a VPN and I still can't connect my PS3 to the PSN!

If using a VPN, you almost definitely will have had to install a new network device. There will be a device called TAP-Win32 Adapter - that is the VPN device, and that is what you need to select under "Internet to Share" in Connectify.


I use OSX, how do I share the network?

Try following this guide to share your Internet connection with your PS3.

Please note that you will NOT be able to share your internet connection with Mavericks, this is blocked by Mavericks and can NOT be changed.

Nintendo

Due to the number of required ports, connecting your Nintendo console to the Nintendo Network will require a VPN.

Once you have purchased the VPN, you have to share your PCs network connection with your Nintendo Console, as the 3DS/WiiU cannot directly connect to the University network. I've found the easiest way to do this is using a program called Connectify. It creates a wireless hotspot for you. Download it from www.connectify.me/download. Once it is downloaded and installed, you will be presented with a screen like this one: http://imgur.com/07B4U5h

Under Hotspot name, type in your desired network name. Note that it must begin with "Connectify-" unless you pay for the pro version. Next, type in a password so that others can't use your network without permission (anything going through this connection counts towards your daily 12GB bandwidth limit - it would be a shame if a house mate was stealing your connection and making you hit the limit). Finally, under "Internet to share" select whichever network card you are using to connect your PC to the Internet.

Et voila! That should be it. Once you connect your 3DS/WiiU to the hotspot created with Connectify, you should be able to access the Nintendo Network.

FAQ

I'm using a VPN and I still can't connect my WiiU/3DS to the Nintendo Network!

If using a VPN, you almost definitely will have had to install a new network device. There will be a device called TAP-Win32 Adapter - that is the VPN device, and that is what you need to select under "Internet to Share" in Connectify.


I use OSX, how do I share the network?

Try following this guide to share your Internet connection with your Nintendo console.

Please note that you will NOT be able to share your internet connection with Mavericks, this is blocked by Mavericks and can NOT be changed.