Computer Requirements

Mon, 2012-04-30 13:21 -- batch_migrate

Get your computer ready for campus

  • Your computer must have a 10/100 network card. Most computers purchased within the last two years most likely have a network card.
  • Category 5e network cable. 25-foot cables are the standard length for the dorm rooms, although 50-foot cables are available as well. Network cables will be available for sale during move-in days. The price is very competitive, ranging between $5 and $10.
  • Windows must be fully patched. It’s a good idea to check for updates regularly. Before bringing your computer to campus, go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com to make sure all critical updates have been applied.
  • Some suggested programs to protect yourself from spyware programs: Malwarebytes (http://malwarebytes.org), Spybot Search & Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html), and AdAware (http://www.lavasoft.com/) are a few good antispyware programs.
  • 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 and AVast.  If you purchased a new computer, either uninstall the trial version of antivirus or pay to activate the installed trial version.
  • Wireless access will be available in all public places, academic buildings and all dorms. Do NOT bring personal wireless routers and/or switches. Wireless cards should be 802.11a or 802.11g. We do not support "b" or "n" at this time.
  • Pack original CDs of critical software (Windows Vista, XP, Office, etc.). If a problem with the machine or software occurs, original software is required.
  • NO Windows ME. No Windows 98.
  • NO file sharing programs (i.e. Morpheus, Kazaa, LimeWire).
  • Check to make sure your computer is ready for our campus network by visiting http://sentryas.anderson.edu.