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Network overview


UVicNet serves all of the University's main campus (except Residences and the Faculty of Engineering). It interconnects with ResNet and EngrNet and provides access to external research networks and the Internet through BCNet.

UVicNet's core is gigabit ethernet. Desktops are typically serviced by switched 10/100Mbps, but Gigabit ethernet services are being extended to labs and servers where high performance requirements are identified.

Separating UVicNet from the commercial Internet, a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) provides traffic and security management services. Web caching services optimize performance and utilization, while traffic shaping services provide fair access to tightly constrained bandwidth.

Virtual Private Network services enable authenticated and private access to UVic IT services, protecting them with firewall and intrusion detection as well as prevention services.

Departmental/workgroup firewall services provide finer-grained, customer-managed security policies.


AirNet is the wireless network component of UVicNet. At present, the majority of spaces within ring road are covered. View our wireless coverage table.


Serving the research community at UVic, ResearchNet provides a more flexible enviroment (than UVicNet) for research and high performance computing. This network facilitates high bandwidth connections, close connectivity to mass-storage and research computing facilities, and permits the use of emerging technologies that may be incompatible with academic and administrative users on UVicNet.

ResearchNet consists of a single core switched network with extensions to labs and offices in other buildings on-campus. The design of ResearchNet is evolving as requirements of the research community change, but presently supports Jumbo frames, IPv6 and connectivity at speeds of 1Gbps (or faster). ResearchNet is often the test platform for technologies later deployed on UVicNet.

ResearchNet connects seamlessly to UVicNet, and shares UVicNet connections to BCNet, CA*Net4 and the commercial Internet. Web-based Network Management tools available on UVicNet are also available on ResearchNet.

Connection to ResearchNet is usually funded by a portion of a research grant, and is available to any researcher with advanced networking requirements.


ResNet serves the student residences on campus. It is co-managed by Residence Services and Network Services.

ResNet supplies 10/100 Mbps switched ethernet ports to every room within the student residences. For connection assistance, please see Connect to the UVic Residence Internet (ResNet).


The Engineering Network is independently operated by the Faculty of Engineering.

BCNet Optical Regional Advanced Network (ORAN)

BCNet is a non-profit society focusing on the development of advanced networks to further health, education and research initiatives in British Columbia. Its founding members are UBC, SFU, and UVic. We have been joined by BCIT, UNBC, and soon by Royal Roads University.

The Optical Regional Advanced Network combines two of the latest technologies: optical networks and policy routing. Optical networks connect sites together using dedicated fibre cables and specialized switching. Policy routing allows end sites to connect to international research and education networks such as CA*net4 and Internet2, as well as large-scale Internet service providers such as Telus, Bell Canada and Shaw.

BCNet Victoria Transit Exchange

The VicTX is the Victoria node of the ORAN (along with VanTX in Vancouver, PGTX in Prince George, KAMTX in Kamloops and KELTX in Kelowna). UVicNet connects to the VicTX over dark fibre.

UVic Network Services is responsible for development and operation of the VicTX. There we connect to our Internet transit service providers, and we are establishing a regional research network with our local partners, including Royal Roads University, Pacific Forestry Centre, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (NRC), Institute for Ocean Sciences, Pacific Geo-Science Centre, and the BC Government.