University Internet and Firewalls

I recently moved into a dorm on campus that has a "high speed" cable connection. However for the most part I have been unable to get good download speeds and have had little to no luck downloading with bitlord and no luck at all connecting to Limewire. I was just wondering if there was a way to get around the University's firewalls (I'm assuming this is what is causing the problems). I had read earlier about the proxy stuff and using a connection from another place, such as my home,I would be able to bypass the firewalls, but I was wondering if there was another way. Also I just thought I would add that I have a friend in another dorm who is connected directly to the network through an ethernet port, not through a cable modem like I am, and has had absolutely no problems connecting to anything and says he gets very high download speeds. Any help would be appreicated and I hope this question hasen't been answered before because I spent a great deal of time searching for an answer. Oh and bye the way, I don't know if this matters but the Router is a Cisco Systems uBR900 series. Thanks again.

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Could be wrong, but this doesn't sound like a firewall issue. Why not have a chat with whoever is responsible for the cable connection to your dorm?


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Brian Cryer

Yes, there may be some ways. But most of them involve the possibility of permanently losing internet access or getting kicked out of school.

Here is a safe one though. Call up your university's IT department and ask them why you can't get bittorrent or limewire to work. I'm sure they'll be happy to help.

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While they might revoke your internet priveleges, I dont think they would kick you out of school, unless you had a really low GPA. If he is a straight-A student, then they certainly would not kick him out of school, but they might revoke his internet access, however.

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