Recommended Student Computer Standards

DO I NEED MY OWN COMPUTER?

On the Staunton campus, having your own computer in your residence hall is not a requirement, but many students find it convenient to own their own.  Most students find it more convenient to own a laptop due to ease of portability. An additional advantage of a laptop is that you can take your laptop all across campus to access the wireless internet.

On the Fishersville campus there are no computer labs, so owning your own device is required. The type of laptop is up to you. See below for the minimum PC recommendations.

COMPUTER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STUDENTS (2015­-2016)

If your system does not meet these minimum computer system requirements you may not be able to connect to the Mary Baldwin Network.

PC

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 with the latest Service Pack and patches installed.
  • Windows Firewall must be turned “on”
  • Updated Virus Protection
  • 2.8 GHz dual core processor or faster processor
  • 4 Gb or more memory (8Gb if running 64 bit software)
  • 300 GB Hard Disk or larger
  • 10/100/1000 mbps Ethernet Network Card
  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless card

Apple

  • Mac OS X installed (10.8 or higher).
  • Updated Virus Protection

Other Options You May Want

  • a USB jump drive (for transporting files back and forth around campus)
  • 10′ to 15′ Cat­5 Ethernet cable (if you live in Spencer you’ll need a 30′ cord)
  • a surge protector
  • a personal laser or inkjet printer
  • a personal scanner

Connecting your device to the Mary BaldwinNet

Rules of the Road – the Mary Baldwin Acceptable Use Policies

You are REQUIRED to READ the Acceptable Use Policies and Guidelines regarding use of Mary Baldwin facilities, network ID and email accounts.

Connection to the Mary Baldwinnetwork is a privilege, not a right, and subject to compliance with all the specifications of the Acceptable Use Policy. Use of the Mary Baldwin computer network implies your acceptance and compliance with all rules, policies and regulations!

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about network and printing.

Basic information: 

Mary Baldwin also provides wireless access to all students that have a valid student account. All Mary Baldwin buildings on both campuses are covered with wireless access. While the wireless connection can be convenient, OIT recommends that you use a network cord when you can, as it is faster and more reliable than wireless.

To connect to the campus network your device must have a wireless network adapter, or a wired network adapter with a Category 5 Ethernet connection cable. It must also have an up-­to­-date web browser. If you have a device that does not have browser capability you will not be able to connect it to the Mary Baldwin network. The browser is required to authenticate to the network.

In order for a student to access the Mary Baldwin network, you will need to authenticate through a special web page.

When you connect you are re­directed to the authentication page, you enter your Mary Baldwin Username and your Mary Baldwin PIN.

Note: Students are not allowed to “extend the network” by connecting additional hubs, routers, switches or personal wireless access points to the Mary Baldwin network.

Mary Baldwin provides residential students network and Internet access from all residence hall rooms through a wired Ethernet connection. There is one connection per student. You will need to bring your own Ethernet cable. 10′ to 15′ is usually good. If you live in Spencer you’ll need a longer cord – about 30 feet.

GETTING HELP FOR YOUR PC

The support provided by OIT for student devices is limited. We assist students who are having problems connecting their devices to the network, to the web, e­mail and to their network drives on the file servers. We can also assist with many of the instructional technology the college uses. Other hardware and software problems will need to be referred to an authorized vendor.

Sources of technical support available to students:

Your Fellow Students: Often your fellow students are the best and fastest source to help you resolve computer problems.

Your Computer Vendor: When you purchase your computer you should also receive some level of technical support. Be certain you know what this is at the time of purchase and obtain the appropriate phone numbers.

Local Computer Vendors: Many local computer stores provide expertise in resolving hardware and software problems. Be sure you agree to a flat price or price per hour before signing any service agreement.

KEEPING YOUR PC UP­ TO ­DATE

UPDATE YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM REGULARLY: Believe it or not, even brand NEW PC’s operating systems can be out of date. Microsoft and other software vendors generally release updates to their operating systems on a weekly or monthly basis. These updates are extremely important to keep your system operating properly and to protect yourself and other campus network users from the latest virus, worm and network attacks. Get in the habit of checking for OS updates weekly or monthly.

ANTI­VIRUS SOFTWARE! Before you even begin thinking about what type of computer to use start thinking about Anti­Virus software. In the university community it is easy to get a computer virus. Computers in the classrooms and labs are protected against virus infections but they will not scan your portable USB drive for viruses.

* WARNING * – Any Vulnerable or Infected computers found on the Mary Baldwin Network will be disconnected immediately, and will remain offline until the computer is properly updated and patched by the user, and they can prove their PC is no longer a threat to the campus community. This policy is for the protection of other students and the Mary Baldwin Network.

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