Student Technology FAQs
- I will be living in a residence hall on campus and am wondering whether I should bring a computer to school.
- Can I bring a mobile device, such as an iPad or eReader?
- How about gaming systems and other wireless devices?
- Wireless Printers on campus?
- What kind of computer should I bring?
- Should I bring a laptop or a desktop computer?
- I will be living off campus, but I want to buy a computer to have at home. Do the same recommendations you made for the resident student apply to me?
- Can I buy a computer through the school?
- What kind of software should I have on my computer?
- Where can I buy software?
- What computing lab facilities are available on campus?
- How do I get a college e-mail account?
- Will my friends at other schools be able to find my McDaniel College e-mail address?
- How can I get more information about computing at McDaniel College?
1. I will be living in a residence hall on campus and am wondering whether I should bring a computer to school.
You will find having a personal computer is very convenient, but if you are unable to bring a computer to school, you will be able to use the general-access computer labs on campus. Please see #11 for additional information.
2. Can I bring a mobile device, such as an iPad or eReader?
Yes. We do support wireless Internet connection on mobile devices. Older eReaders will have to be registered on the network in order to work wirelessly.
3. How about gaming systems and other wireless devices?
We do support Internet connection for all known gaming systems; such as Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Wii/Wii U. We also support miscellaneous devices such as the Roku Box and other Internet TV devices. We strongly encourage using the wired connection for these devices if available for better connection speed.
4. Wireless Printers on campus?
We now support wireless printers on our network. It is the student's responsibility to configure their computer to be able to use their printer. Please know that if you do decide to configure your printer on the network, all others using the McDaniel network will be able to see your printer, and be able to print to it. We recommend that you turn off your printer when not in use to prevent this. You do not have to use this option, as all printers come with cables to connect to your computer to print.
NOTE: GAMING DEVICES AND WIRELESS PRINTERS MUST BE REGISTERED ON THE MCDANIEL COLLEGE NETWORK IN ORDER TO BE USED ON THE NETWORK. DIRECTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE COLLEGE IN THE FALL.
YOU MAY OPT TO PRE-REGISTER YOUR DEVICE(S) NOW SO THAT THEY WILL BE READY TO USE ON THE NETWORK WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN THE FALL.
- Visit the McDaniel Student Portal by going to my.mcdaniel.edu and logging in with your credentials.
- Under the Quick Links section, click on the Device Registration icon. Please select the correct form for the device you wish to register. Directions for finding the MAC (Media Access Control) Address on your device will be available in a link on the registration form.
5. What kind of computer should I bring?
You may bring a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS based computer. Wireless Internet is available in all residence halls, as well as the majority of campus buildings and facilities. Your laptop/desktop must have wireless capability to access the wireless Internet. However, if your computer does not include a wireless feature, you may either connect to the Internet using an Ethernet cable (no more than 50 ft.), or purchase a compatible wireless card that will externally attach to your computer, usually by USB.
If you bring a Windows computer, we recommend that it is running either Windows 8 or Windows 7. If you bring a Macintosh computer, we recommend that is running OS 10.7 or above.
Wherever you choose to buy your computer, be sure to ask about educational pricing. Budget in mind, we also recommend that you consider purchasing a warranty on your computer to protect your investment.
6. Should I bring a laptop or a desktop computer?
Computer technology pricing has come a long way from where it has been. Today, you can purchase either a laptop or a desktop computer reasonably cheap, and even the most inexpensive computer can meet your most basic needs (web browsing, word processing, etc.). It is up to you whether a desktop or a laptop is most convenient for you. Most students on campus choose to bring a laptop for the convenience of portability, while others like desktop computer models, as they tend to come with higher specifications for lesser money than a laptop of similar specifications. You may even choose to bring one of each!
To protect your equipment, we recommend that you:
- Lock your room when you are gone.
- Purchase a cable lock for your laptop so you can secure the laptop to a piece of furniture.
- Ask the Campus Safety Office at McDaniel College to engrave your laptop with identification information.
- Ask your parents to check their homeowners insurance to make sure that your laptop and other personal belongings in your room are covered in case of theft.
**Use of personal wired/wireless routers or hubs is prohibited**
If you need to use a hub, you may elect to sign one out from the Student Tech Support Center, but it must be returned by the end of the academic year.
7. I will be living off campus, but I want to buy a computer to have at home. Do the same recommendations you made for the resident student apply to me?
Yes, but make sure you buy a computer with the appropriate hardware if you want to connect to the Internet from home. Check with your Internet Service Provider to see what system requirements are needed to do so.
Dell offers discounts for McDaniel College students. To find out more, Google search “Dell University”. After you receive your information regarding your McDaniel email address from the College, you will be able to apply your student discount when purchasing your new Dell computer.
For students interested in buying a Macintosh we recommend that you go to the Apple education store web site (www.apple.com) to find information on purchases for current college students. You may also call Apple at 1-800-MY-APPLE.
The IT Helpdesk staff will be happy to advise you on the purchase of computers and computing equipment. Their number is 410-871-3390 or you may reach them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. What kind of software should I have on my computer?
It is up to the user to decide what software they will need. McDaniel College does not require students to have specific software installed on the computer, as it is your personal computer. If you need to use a program that you do not own, you may use one of our many computer labs on campus, as they have a wide variety of software (e.g. Office, Photoshop, SPSS, etc.).
We have nine computing labs on campus. All have access to the Internet.
- Charlson Lab in Hoover Library (24-hour access during regular semester) – 21 dual boot iMacs (Mac & Windows)
- The Merritt Hall Computer Lab in Room 101 – 26 dual boot iMacs (Mac & Windows 7)
- The Writing Center in Hill Hall – 19 dual boot iMacs (Mac & Windows 7)
- The Windows Lab in Lewis B5 – 24 Windows 7 computers
- The Graphics Lab in Peterson – 18 iMacs
- The Foreign Languages Lab in Baker – 24 Macbook Air computers
- The Math/Computer Science Lab in Lewis – 19 iMacs
- The Physics Lab in Lewis – 16 Windows 7 computers
More information about the labs can be found on McDaniel’s IT Dept web site.
12. How do I get a college e-mail account?
All McDaniel undergraduate students are required to have and regularly use their mcdaniel.edu email accounts. This account will be used for official communication from the College and for your Blackboard account. You should have received a letter from the College with your email account user ID and McDaniel ID number. If you did not receive this information, please contact Erin Giles at (410)-857-2790, or email her at email@example.com.
14. How can I get more information about computing at McDaniel College?
The McDaniel College IT Helpdesk will be happy to answer any questions. You may call 410-871-3390 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.