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?
- Can I connect to the campus network from a computer in my room?
- Is wireless network access available on campus?
- 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 software is available for e-mail on the computer lab machines?
- 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 computer in your room 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.
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, as well as wireless handheld gaming devices (i.e. Nintendo DS/DSI/DSI XL, PSP, Playstation Vita, etc.). We also support miscellaneous devices such as the Roku Box. To check if your device is supported, you may email Max Groft at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Internet 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.
5. What kind of computer should I bring?
You may bring either a Windows machine or a Macintosh. Wireless Ethernet is available in all residence halls, as well as the majority of campus buildings and facilities. Your laptop/desktop must have a wireless Internet card to access the Internet. However, if your computer does not include a wireless card 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 machine, we recommend a computer that is running Windows 7. If you purchase a new Windows computer, please see below for additional information on recommended computer configuration. If you bring a Macintosh computer, we recommend a computer that is running System 10.5 or above. Please see additional information below if you decide to buy a new Mac.
**Recommendations for Buying a New Windows Computer**
Recommended Minimum Computer Configuration for Windows7 Desktops or Laptops
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor
- 1 GB RAM (for 32-bit systems) or 2 GB RAM (for 64-bit systems)
- 20 GB available hard disk space
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Recommended Minimum Computer Configuration for Windows Vista Desktops or Laptops
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit or 64 bit processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 20 GB available hard disk space
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM and 128 MB of graphics memory
Recommended Minimum Computer Configuration for Windows XP Desktops or Laptops
- Pentium 233 MHz processor or faster
- 64 MB of RAM (128 is recommended)
- 1.5 GB of available hard disk space
Recommended minimum configuration for a new Macintosh computer:
- Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) or later
- 512 MB RAM or greater
- 20 GB hard disk space or greater
Wherever you choose to buy your computer, be sure to ask about educational pricing. Depending on your budget, we also recommend that you consider purchasing a warranty on your machine 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 chose 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.
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, visit https://app.dell.com/consumer/enroll/giftcard/signup.cfm. 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 1-800-676-2775.
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 machine, as it is your personal machine. If you do 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 (i.e. Office, Photoshop, etc.).
10. Where can I buy software?
If you are purchasing a new machine and want additional software, you may want to buy the software at the same time, if available. McDaniel College students with a current student ID may go to http://www.campusEstore.com for academic pricing on software.
11. Can I connect to the campus network from a computer in my room?
Absolutely! All residence halls have access to wireless Internet. Most recent computers that have been purchased within the last several years (mostly laptops) come with built-in wireless capability. If not, you may choose to either use the Ethernet port on your computer with a 25 ft. Ethernet cable, or purchase a wireless adapter that will plug into your computer (usually USB) to access the Internet. Most retail stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, BestBuy, etc. carry these devices.
13. What computing lab facilities are available on campus?
We have nine computing labs on campus. All have access to the Internet.
- Charlson Lab in Hoover Library (24-hour access during regular semester) – 25 dual boot iMacs (Mac & Windows 7)
- The Academic Hall Computer Lab in Academic Hall 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 – 23 Windows 7 computers
- The Graphics Lab in Peterson – 18 27”iMacs
- The Foreign Languages Lab in Baker – 24 Macbook Air computers
- The Math/Computer Science Lab in Lewis – 19 iMacs (Mac only)
- The Physics Lab in Lewis – 16 Windows 7 computers
Hours for these labs are posted on McDaniel’s web site.
14. 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 Victoria Dinterman at (410)-857-2790.
16. What software is available for e-mail on the computer lab machines?
Once you activate your mcdaniel.edu e-mail account you may access web e-mail on our web site. You may choose to login two different ways:
From McDaniel Homepage>Login>Email for Students>McDaniel College Student Email Login>(use provided username, do not include @mcdaniel.edu, and your password)
From Gmail.com- type in your username, followed by @connections.mcdaniel.edu (example: email@example.com), and your McDaniel password.
17. How can I get more information about computing at McDaniel College?
Donni Folendorf in Information Technology will be happy to answer any questions. You may call her at 410-857-2537 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.