Campus Firewall

Why do we have a campus firewall?
How do I find out the firewall configuration for a certain host?
How do I request a new firewall exception?
What ports can I open through the firewall if I live in a dorm/residence hall?

Why do we have a campus firewall?

The campus firewall restricts access to the Texas A&M campus network from the Internet. It protects campus resources from abuse/attack by Internet users who may take advantage of the many vulnerabilities on modern computer systems.

How do I find out the firewall configuration for a certain host?

Current firewall settings for an individual machine can be viewed at https://firewall.tamu.edu. You must enter your NetID and password in order to enter the site. Once this information is entered, all hosts owned by you will be returned.

How do I request a new firewall exception?

You can request a port opening at https://scan.tamu.edu/campus/. Requests must come from the host owner as listed in NIM and may take up to 2 business days to be processed. Requests can also be made through email to security@tamu.edu. Please include the IP address or hostname needing the exception, the port(s) needing to be opened, and the reason for the port opening.

What ports can I open through the firewall if I live in a dorm/residence hall?

Due to changes in network configurations, students in the Residence Halls will no longer be allowed to request a port opening for computers on ResNet. This means that no computer on ResNet can be accessible from off campus.