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Computer Requirements

Get your computer ready for campus

  • Wireless access will be available in most public places, academic buildings and all residence halls. Do NOT bring personal wireless routers and/or switches. Wireless cards should be 802.11a or 802.11g.  The residence halls have 802.11n.
  • For wired connections, you need a 10/100/1000 network card. You will need to bring an ethernet cable. 25' cables are standard length for residence hall rooms.
  • Windows must be fully patched. It’s a good idea to check for updates regularly. Before bringing your computer to campus make sure all critical updates have been applied.
  • IMPORTANT: Obtain an antivirus program AND make sure it is up-to-date. Each student is required to obtain their own antivirus solution. There are free antivirus solutions available from AVG, AVast and Microsoft Security Essentials.  If you purchased a new computer, either uninstall the trial version of antivirus or pay to activate the installed trial version.
  • A suggested program to protect yourself from spyware: Malwarebytes.
  • Pack original CDs of critical software (Windows, Office, etc.). If a problem with the machine or software occurs, original software is required.
  • NO Windows XP, NO Windows ME, NO Windows 98.
  • NO file sharing programs (i.e. Morpheus, Kazaa, LimeWire, BearShare).