Top 5 On-Campus Computing Tips

Published: July 7, 2017 By ,
Student laying on Farrand field working on her laptop

DEVICE

EFFECTIVENESS

Amazon Fire

Limited to video streaming

Apple TV

Unable to screencast or mirror

Gaming devices

Works best plugged into ResNet

Blu Rays

No problems reported

Roku

No problems reported

Google Chromecast

Not compatible, won’t work

Sonos speakers

Not compatible, won’t work

  1. We recommend bringing a laptop computer with a dual band wireless card (2.4 or 5 GHz). Most newer Macs should be fine but some PCs (even new ones) have old Wi-Fi components. If you’re still shopping, take a look at the Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) suggestions.
  2. If you’re bringing a gaming system and it has an Ethernet port, bring an Ethernet cable with you (make sure it’s category e5 or better). Connecting directly to ResNet will provide you with the best online gaming experience.
  3. Know what works best on campus Wi-Fi. Some devices are more compatible than others.
  4. All residence halls and Bear Creek are equipped with Wi-Fi access via the campus network. No personally installed Wi-Fi access points or routers are allowed to be connected to the campus network. Some equipment (like wireless printers) act as unintended routers. When they’re on, they create a lot of “wireless noise” making the Wi-Fi experience for you and your neighbors much slower. Turning them off makes for better computing and is a more sustainable practice.
  5. When you have any kind of networking issue, please let the Office of Information Technology (OIT) know. They want to help you!