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?
- What Anti-Virus Software is recommended?
- What if I forgot my McDaniel password?
- How do I submit my McDaniel One Card Photo ID?
- What are other "tech" items to bring to campus?
- 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. 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 connections for all known gaming systems; such as Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Wii/Wii U. We also support miscellaneous devices such as the Roku Box and other Internet TV devices. Individuals must use the wired connection in dorm rooms for these devices for better connection speed.
4. Wireless Printers on campus?
We support personal 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.
YOU MAY OPT TO PRE--REGISTER YOUR DEVICE(S) NOW SO THAT THEY WILL BE READY TO USE ON THE NETWORK WHEN YOU ARRIVE ON CAMPUS.
NOTE: GAMING DEVICES, SMART TVs, AND PERSONAL PRINTERS MUST BE REGISTERED ON THE MCDANIEL COLLEGE NETWORK IN ORDER TO BE USED ON THE NETWORK. DIRECTIONS FOR HOW TO DO THIS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE PORTAL AND ON THE IT WEB SITE.
Visit the McDaniel Student Portal and logging in with your credentials. Find the Quick Links section and click on Device Registration which will prompt you to fill out the device registration form.
Note: Non-portable gaming devices should use wired connection. It is recommended that you bring a CAT-5 or better network cable (approx. 10 ft. or longer) for each device.
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 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 7, 8.1 or 10. If you bring a Macintosh computer, we recommend that is running OS 10.8 or above. Minimum of 8GB of RAM; 16GB is ideal for optimum performance.
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.
By using your McDaniel email address, you can take advantage of discounted pricing from Apple and Dell:
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.
By using your McDaniel email address, you can take advantage of discounted pricing from Apple and Dell:
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.).
10. Where can I buy software?
Download the Microsoft Office Suite that comes free with your Office 365 account. (https://login.microsoftonline.com) Use your McDaniel College email address and password.
If you want to configure Outlook on your computer, visit the McDaniel IT portal and follow the step by step instructions provided on this link: https://it.mcdaniel.edu/help-support/office-365.
We have nine computing labs on campus. All have access to the Internet.
- Charlson Lab in Hoover Library (24--hour access during regular semester) – 12 iMacs, 8 Windows computers
- The Merritt Hall Computer Lab in Room 101 – 27 dual boot iMacs (Mac & Windows)
- The English Lab in Hill Hall 101 – 19 iMacs
- The Windows Lab in Lewis B5 – 24 Windows computers
- The Graphics Lab in Peterson – 18 27" iMacs
- The Foreign Languages Lab in Baker – 24 MacBooks
- The Math/Computer Science Lab in Lewis G5 – 19 iMacs
- The Physics Lab in Lewis – 16 Windows computers
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.
- Mac: Sophos (https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx)
- Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5201)
- Windows 8 and above have Windows Defender built in, which is an acceptable antivirus.
- ** Other Antivirus products are acceptable, these are just our recommendations. **
15. What if I forgot my McDaniel password?
McDaniel College uses ReACT for password management online. You must register to be able to use this service. ReACT offers the option to setup and alternate email or cell phone number to which a one-time PIN can be sent for identity verification should you need to reset your password.
In order to use the new system, you first have to set up your security questions and, if desired, your alternate contact information. To do that, go to the web page below, and click on "Go to Setup Tool" under "New User Setup", and follow the prompts: https://moneta.mcdaniel.edu/react
For a quick tutorial that walks you through the process, check out this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/nDBRX5Sw75k
16. How do I submit my McDaniel One Card Photo ID?
Submit your photo ID by going to https://apps.campus.mcdaniel.edu/photos. Log on with your McDaniel username and password and follow the step by step instructions.
- The picture must be in color.
- Use plain light color background.
- NO hats, sunglasses, jewelry or garments that obstruct the view of your face.
- Eye glasses should be worn if normally worn.
- Eyes should be open and looking at the camera.
- The head and neck should be centered in the frame taking up approximately one-third to one-half of the center.
- There should be a small space between your head and the top of the image.
- Head should be positioned directly facing the camera, not leaning or anything.
- CAT 5 or better network cable (approx. 10 ft. or longer)
- USB Flash drivers or external drives for storing or backing up your files
- Laptop security cable (for your room)
- Documentation for your computer or other devices (Operating System restoration discs, warranty information, etc.)
*Note: Network routers are not allowed (wired or wireless)!
18. 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 email@example.com.