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Student computing checklist

  3 minutes to read | Last updated Aug 24, 2016

Here is a list of essential and recommended technology you will want to have on campus. These and other academically discounted products are available to you at the DoIT Tech Store.

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Most students use a laptop on campus. If you plan on bringing one from home, compare it to our general or study-area specific recommendations. Also check out the Tech Store Buyer’s Guide.

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Antivirus software

Campus requires all computers connected to the campus network to have anti-virus protection. Get your free antivirus software from DoIT. (Login required)

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Productivity software

The Tech Store provides access to free software with the Campus Software Library (Login required) and other academically discounted software you may need.

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Data backup

We always recommend you backup your data. Some options for this are using an external drive or a cloud service such as Box or OneDrive. Tech Store staff can help you decide which option is best for you or consult our Backup and Storage page.

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You’ll find a wide variety of discounted audio, video and network cables to connect your electronic devices at the Tech Store.

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Extended hardware warranty

The DoIT Help Desk can provide on-campus warranty repairs. We recommend that you have a good warranty with accidental protection. To learn more about options for your devices talk to our Tech Store staff or consult our Warranty Information.

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Sleeves and cases

Products to protect your computer from spills and falls are available at the DoIT Tech Store along with a wide range of additional technology accessories.

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There are many printing options around campus, but you may find that you prefer the convenience and quick access to printed materials from your own printer. See our recommended printers, or get more information from our DoIT Tech Store Buyer’s Guide.

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Wireless router

For more robust wireless access or to connect multiple devices to your residence hall network, you may want to consider a personal wireless network router. We have recommended wireless routers available at the Tech Store, or see our DoIT Tech Store Buyer’s Guide.

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You may find that many of your campus courses provide classroom materials digitally. Using a tablet as a mobile device can help give you immediate access to these materials in the classroom. See our recommended tablets or get more information from our DoIT Tech Store Buyer’s Guide.

DoIT Tech Store & Help Desk

The Tech Store & Help Desk are here to help. Contact us for free technology consulting at any of our 3 in-person locations or on the phone, email or chat.

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