Networking, Illinois Research Network information for IT pros

This page provides additional information on the Illinois Research Network for IT professionals assisting researchers.

Limited membership and duration

Departmental systems with a demonstrated need for high-speed, high-bandwidth, low-latency access to other research sites can be placed on this network. Departmental systems with a demonstrated need to be positioned outside the campus firewalls can also be placed on this network. Researchers' desktop systems, web servers, mail servers, and other ordinary computing equipment should remain within the protection of the campus firewalls and within your department's regular IP range(s). Research systems should only remain on the Illinois Research Network for the duration of the project. When the grant ends or the project concludes, the research computing systems should be brought back within your departmental network.


Membership in the Illinois Research Network is available in any campus building with a direct, wired connection to a campus core node. You cannot place a computer on this network if the network connection you are using is to IllinoisNet Wireless or another wireless network. You must have a physical cable connection to the campus network. You also cannot host a computer off campus, connect via a third party ISP, and join the Illinois Research Network. Research network systems must be located on campus and be connected to the University of Illinois network.

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How to join the Illinois Research Network

If you've decided that your project would benefit from use of the Illinois Research Network, please send an email to with the subject line containing "Illinois Research Network" or "CARNE".