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CSAIL Network

The CSAIL network connects all locations in the research areas of the Stata Center with gigabit Ethernet at a density of one port per 25 square feet of office space, for a grand total of about 4,000 gigabit network ports. The network backbone is 10-gigabit Ethernet with two redundant backbone switches; the link between the core switches is 30 Gbit/s. CSAIL has aggregate outside connectivity of 1 Gbit/s; an upgrade to 10 Gbit/s is in the planning stages. The CSAIL wireless network serves all floors in the Gates tower, and all CSAIL and LIDS areas in the Dreyfoos tower (D6 and below), but does not serve the first-floor classrooms or "student street".

Getting help

  • Send requests for assistance with the network to the usual address, <>.
  • For automated information about the network status of your machine, check Host Discovery.

Requesting a static IP address

  • To request a static IP address, follow the directions in the WebDNS Users Guide to register your desired hostname. WebDNS will assign you a static IP address. You can then use DHREG to register your MAC address for the IP address WebDNS gave you. (CSAIL certificate required.)


  • General information about CSAIL Wireless
  • Detailed instructions on connecting to the CSAILPrivate wireless network?

Technology and configuration



Instant messaging and conferencing

Remote Access

  • VNC setup from outside CSAIL
  • VPN access to CSAIL is no longer provided or supported. If you need VPN access, first you may want to ask yourself the question, "Do I really need VPN access?" If you are unsure, please ask TIG. You may want to consider MIT's VPN:

Web proxies

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Topic revision: 17 Apr 2014, GarrettWollman

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