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  • 1. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students Any student who has a computer is encouraged to bring it to campus. You can use your computer as a standalone machine or you can use it to access services on the Internet as part of the ResNet program. Download this document in PDF format To open this file you will need the free PDF plug-in from Adobe, Acrobat Reader. To get it, click on the link and you will be taken to Adobe's site and asked to select the appropriate version for your computer. Sometime in the late summer or early fall of 2006 Microsoft will release several new versions of their operating system called Vista. On the same timetable they will release an upgrade to their Microsoft Office Product call Office 2007. If you are purchasing a computer for your student avoid purchasing a computer that meets the minimum set of requirements for Vista. When examining this information you will see specifications outlined that far exceed this “minimum”. The “minimum” specification in our estimation will yield unsatisfactory results and we encourage you to exceed the minimum when at all possible. By the beginning of the fall 2007 semester all floppy drives will be removed from public use computers. We encourage the use of thumb drives to store information that you wish to make portable. They have much greater capacities and are very convenient ResNet is part of a single consolidated Technology Fee that will cover your access to ResNet, cable TV and the telephone basic fee. This once per semester fee is $180 for 2006-2007 school year . The Residential Networking Program – ResNet • Your Residential Networking Access Account • Residential Networking Internet Services • How do I get my computer on the network? Internet Access for Commuter Students • Off campus/commuter access to the Internet http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (1 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
  • 2. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students What Computer, What Software, and who should I buy from? • Laptop Initiative • Apple Computer Educational Discounts • What computer do I need? • Can I use the computer I have now? • Recommendations for students in the market for a new computer • Purchase Options • Do I need a printer? • What software should I buy? Notes About Security and Virus Protection • Bandwidth Usage Additional Information and Links • Further information Notes About Virus Protection, Spyware and Security • Virus Protection • Firewall • Windows Update THE RESIDENTIAL NETWORKING PROGRAM Every residence hall on the Lycoming College campus is fully wired for network access. There is one network port for each pillow in our residence halls. Beginning in the Fall semester of 2006 both the Asbury and Skeath Residence Halls will have universal wireless network access. Our current plan calls for expanding wireless network access to all residence halls and campus buildings within the next three to five http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (2 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
  • 3. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students years. Wireless is meant to provide a supplemental means to access network resources on campus since it is limited in both speed and scope. The use of wireless routers and access points is allowed at Lycoming College, except in the Asbury and Skeath Residence Halls, where universal wireless network access is provided. If you do plan on setting up a wireless router it is your responsibility to properly configure and secure your wireless router for both your own personal privacy and overall network stability. Instructions on setting up your router can be found at http://www.lycoming.edu/acad/wirelessroutersetupandsecurity.htm Any student with a computer meeting a minimum set of standards, and attending the introductory GroupWise/Internet Explorer/Web Advisor workshop during orientation, may access the complete suite of Windows based Internet services. Each student will be required to have his/her computer pass a Campus Manager registration scan that will insure that the computer meets campus minimum specifications, has a current campus approved antivirus program running and is patched to the latest appropriate version of its operating system. Your Residential Networking Access Account Your Residential Networking Access Account will allow you access to the Internet. This access allows you to send and receive email (campus and worldwide), to access the Lycoming College Web (http://www.lycoming.edu) site, as well as other World Wide Web sites. These resources are being incorporated into classroom discussions and homework assignments on an ever-increasing basis. The connection from your room will be over an Ethernet network that allows you unlimited access. The campus network gives you access to speeds of up to 10 million bits per second on your Ethernet network connection, far exceeding the dial in access of the typical 56000 bits per second modem connection. Wireless LANs are limited in speed, bandwidth, and coverage. The 11Mbps speed is the total speed of the network; each participating node--including the base station--must share the available bandwidth. Residential networking Internet services include: World Wide Web (WWW) access using Internet Explorer: World Wide Web, or Web servers, use hypertext links to join pieces of information together in separate HTML-based (hypertext markup language) documents located either at the same site or at disparate sites. WWW is loosely analogous to chapters in a book. As part of your Residential Networking access you will load Internet Explorer as the WWW browser on your computer, assuming you do not already have access to it. E-mail: Every student at Lycoming College receives an e-mail account at freshmen orientation. The only email account that is recognized for all official Lycoming College correspondence is your loginname@lycoming.edu. You are responsible for accessing this account on a daily basis either via the GroupWise client in the labs, or via the web at student.lycoming.edu http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (3 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
  • 4. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students To activate your e-mail account you must fill out the Application for E-mail Account that you will receive during the Introductory GroupWise/Internet Explorer/Web Advisor training during orientation. Using GroupWise, you will be able to send mail to several hundred students, all faculty and most administrative offices on campus. Many faculty communicate with students using email on a weekly basis. Your in room connection will also allow you to exchange e-mail with anyone, anywhere on the Internet. You will be able to check your email from any location where you have access to an Internet Browser using GroupWise Web Access by typing student.lycoming.edu. Network Storage Space: q The college provides 80 megabytes local network storage space per student for assignments, personal documents, etc. -- good insurance against hard drive failures. This space is password protected, so only you can view/change/delete documents on your network drive . q Personal storage space accessible from any network accessible machine on campus by clicking on this link Your Network Drive or by entering https://student1.lycoming.edu/My%20Network in your web browser. q Access My Home Directory Allows users to download and upload files from their Network Home Directory (Your home directory) Enter your login name and password User Name login name Password ******* (the same password you use to login in the labs) Then press Enter or click OK. How do I get my Computer on the Network? For an IBM compatible computer using Windows XP If your computer does not have a network card built in, you must purchase a network card (must be a branded card not a compatible card) for 10BaseT connection to twisted pair cable. You must have the card installed and configured in your computer, before you bring it to campus, by your local computer dealer or consultant. Generally these cards will cost between $30-$80 Installed and configured means that the software to setup the card will have been run and the card will appear active in the system Control Panel, under the System Properties- Network Adapters, with the proper interrupts and IRQ’s identified. This will save you time and should make configuring your machine for network access much easier. (The ITS will not install these network cards in student machines because of issues involving liability.) If you cannot find this card locally, several vendors who are listed in the section “Who can I buy these systems from?” can supply you with this card. As an alternative you may call GovConnection at 800- 800-0019 or reach them via the world wide web at http://www.pcconnection.com/ For an IBM compatible laptop computer using Windows XP http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (4 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
  • 5. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students If you are using a laptop as your residence hall computer, the minimum specifications from the section "Can I use my old computer" apply. If your computer does not have a network card built in you must purchase a laptop network card. If you can not find this card locally, several vendors who are listed in the section “Who can I buy these systems from?” can supply you with this card. The Lycoming College bookstore will have this card available. As an alternative you may call GovConnection at 800-800-0019 or reach them via the world wide web at http://www.pcconnection.com/ For an Apple Macintosh If you are using a Macintosh as your residence hall computer and want to connect it to ResNet, it can be no less than a Macintosh G4 with an Ethernet connection. Most iMac's, iBooks, G4 computers have built in 10/100 Ethernet network connections. INTERNET ACCESS FOR COMMUTER STUDENTS Off Campus/Commuter Access to the Internet If you are a student living off campus without access to Resnet, and would like to access the World Wide Web, via modem you can contract with several local vendors for access. The only email account that is recognized for all official Lycoming College correspondence is your loginname@lycoming.edu. You are responsible for accessing this account on a daily basis either via the GroupWise client in the labs, or via the web at student.lycoming.edu Micro-Link an Internet service provider located in central Pennsylvania. For a monthly charge, you may access the Internet via modem at speeds up to 56k. Micro-Link can be reached by calling 570-321-8000 via the web at http://www.micro-link.net/ or via email at help@micro-link.net Chilitech an Internet service provider located in central Pennsylvania. For a monthly charge, you may access the Internet via modem at speeds up to 56k. Chilitech can be reached by calling 570-323-2166 via the web at http://www.chilitech.com/ or via email at mailto:help@micro-link.net Suscom an Internet service provider located in Williamsport, PA. For a monthly charge, you may access the Internet via a cable modem. Suscom can be reached by calling 570-326-3384 or via the web at http:// www.suscom.net/williamsport/index.html or via email at infowprt@suscom.net WHAT COMPUTER, WHAT SOFTWARE AND WHO SHOULD I BUY IT FROM? To make the decision that is right for your needs, take into consideration the cost but don't buy on the basis of price alone. Ask yourself some questions: Which brand do I prefer? How much memory do I need, do I want to write letters, figure mathematical equations or create graphics? How important is portability? Expandability? Speed? http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (5 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
  • 6. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students As the prices of laptop computers drop, we strongly urge students to consider the purchase of a laptop. The laptop vendor we as a college recommend is Dell. We recommend the purchase of a laptop because of the portability and availability of wireless connections to students in Asbury and Skeath Residence Halls, the Snowden Library, most of the Academic Center, several lounges, science labs and the campus quad. Laptop Initiative In concert with Dell, Lycoming College is offering students the opportunity to purchase a laptop at significantly discounted prices. For more information on this program you can see the display in the Streeter Bookstore or visit the web link at Laptop Initiative. Apple Computer Educational Discounts Over 95% of the computing that is done on campus is based on using IBM or IBM compatible computers. However, Art classes incorporating computers are taught using both Power Macintosh computers and Windows XP Professional workstations in the A-5 Graphics lab. Desktop publishing classes in Communications are taught on Macintosh computers. Apple Computer offers special student pricing and educational discounts. To get more information from Apple Computer call 1-800-877-4433, ext. 723 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit the Apple Store at www.apple.com/education/store. Can I use my Old Computer? If you currently own a computer, and want to have it attached to ResNet, you need to make sure it meets a certain minimum configuration. Typically a computer of this vintage will not be adequate to take you through four years at Lycoming College. If it is an IBM or IBM compatible, the computer must meet these minimum specifications: q Pentium IV 2.2 or faster processor q Newer AMD chips are acceptable (Sempron or above) q Windows XP q 10 Gigs of Free Space on Your Hard Drive q 512 megs of RAM q Mouse and mouse pad q 14" VGA Monitor q 3.5" 1.44 meg disk drive q 1 Serial, 1 Parallel Port http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (6 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
  • 7. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students q VGA video card q 104 Key Keyboard If a network card is not built in you must purchase a network card. You must have the card installed and configured in your computer. See Step 1 under “How do I get My Computer on the Network,” If it is a Macintosh, the computer must meet these minimum specifications: q At least a Macintosh G4 q Mac OS 10.3 or later q At least a 20 gig Hard Drive q 512 megs of RAM q Monitor that can display at least 256 colors with 1024 x 768 resolution q CD or Zip Drive q Ethernet Connection You must have an Ethernet connection for 10BaseT connection to twisted pair cable, not to connect to a coax cable. You must have the card installed and configured in your computer before bringing it to the IT for network configuration. See “How do I get My Computer on the Network,” Recommendations for Students Buying a New Computer Please be advised that we are attempting to outline specifications for a new computer before the requirements for the Vista operating system have been officially released. When buying a new computer please attempt to secure at least a one year onsite warranty (available locally from Williamsport based vendors, as well as from most national vendors. Please avoid the stripped down low cost computer as that will very likely not provide acceptable performance for the four years that your student will spend at Lycoming College. Laptop Specifications q Pentium M Processor 760 (2.00 Ghz) q Newer AMD chips are acceptable (Athlon XP or above) q * Vista best with dual core chips q Windows XP SP2 q No less than a 80 Gig Hard Drive q At least 1024 megs of RAM q * Vista best with 2048 of RAM q DVD-RW Drive q Sound Card q At least a 14.1 inch screen q At least 4 USB 2.0 ports q Discreet video card with at least 64 megs of video ram http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (7 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
  • 8. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students q * Vista is graphics intensive and works best with a discreet video card not onboard video q 56 k modem q 802.11 b/g wireless q Ethernet Connection Desktop Specifications q Pentium IV 3.4 Mhz processor q Newer AMD chips are acceptable (Athlon XP or above) q * Vista best with dual core chips q Windows XP SP2 q No less than a 250 Gig Hard Drive q * Vista best with SATA drives q At least 1024 megs of RAM q * Vista best with 2048 of RAM q DVD-RW Drive q Mouse and mouse pad q Sound Card and Speakers q At least a 17" 1024 X 768 Flat Panel Monitor with .28 dot pitch q At least 4 USB 2.0 ports q PCI video card with 256 megs of video ram q * Vista is graphics intensive and is best with a discreet video card not onboard video 512 megs of video ram is best q Enhanced 102 Key Keyboard q Ethernet Connection Optional q A printer q Thumb Drives can be used in all public use labs q Power strip (with built in fuse and EMI/RFI protection preferred) At least a one year on-site warranty. Several of our local vendors offer on-site service contracts at the time of purchase or as a post purchase option. For your own peace of mind it is best to purchase some kind of protection plan for your computer. ITS does not offer repair services. If you are in the market for a new Macintosh computer our recommendations would be the following: q G5 q System OS 10.3 or higher (required) q Combo Drive q No less than a 40 Gig Hard Drive http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (8 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
  • 9. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students q At least 512 megs of RAM q Monitor that can display at least 256 colors with 1024 x 768 resolution q Ethernet Connection (required) Optional q Super Drive q Microsoft Office for the Mac Power strip (with built in fuse and EMI/RFI protection preferred) q NOTES ABOUT VIRUS PROTECTION, SPYWARE AND SECURITY We have seen a wave of new viruses and hacker attacks this past year and therefore we've added this strong recommendation before we even get into the computer specifications. GET A GOOD VIRUS PROTECTION PROGRAM AND KEEP IT UP TO DATE. This could be the single most important recommendation we can make. Approved for use on campus are the following Norton Antivirus, McAfee Antivirus, TrendMicro PC-Cillin, AVG Antivirus, E-Trust Innoculate, E-Trust VET Defs, Panda, F-Prot, NOD32 and Sophos Antivirus. For more information about obtaining a copy of AVG 7.0 Free Edition virus protection software please read the information at: http://www.lycoming.edu/it/down. htm Virus protection is most effective if every computer on the ResNet network has anti-virus (AV) software installed and is actively monitoring network activities. The ITS can assist in the installation process. INSTALL SPYBOT AND RUN IT REGULARLY. Spyware or Malware is any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers. We require all students to install, run and keep up to date Spybot Search and Destroy. Spybot Search and Destroy is currently available at http://www.lycoming.edu/it/down.htm GET A FIREWALL. You can find very good ones for free, and this can keep you from getting cracked (most people call this being hacked, but the proper term is cracked) and having your computer used for purposes you didn't intend. Please read the information at http://www.lycoming.edu/it/down.htm. RUN WINDOWS UPDATE REGULARLY. Keeping your machine up to date with all of the patches from Microsoft protects it from being exploited by someone using known security flaws in the Windows operating system. Please read the information at http://www.lycoming.edu/it/down.htm. ITS will monitor network activity and initiate appropriate action to control infection. ITS has the right and responsibility to disconnect any student computer on ResNet that is found to be an infecting agent. A “best effort” approach will be instituted to notify the student prior to any disconnection. Such a disconnection is an emergency action. http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (9 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
  • 10. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students The student will be contacted immediately and ITS will work with the student to solve the problem. Bandwidth Usage By design there is a limited amount of bandwidth dedicated for outbound traffic. Consequently, you are not to operate servers or services that make high demands upon the available bandwidth. If your bandwidth usage negatively impacts others, you will be required to modify your usage. If your system is involved in either the sole or contributive cause of network-related problems, you may have your data port shut off without prior warning. Access to the ResNet network is a privilege that may be revoked if used inappropriately. Purchase Options Below is a list of local vendors and contacts that we have used in the past. Some of these vendors maintain special pricing and support programs for Lycoming College students. Contact any of these vendors and identify yourself as a Lycoming College student. As the prices of laptop computers drop, we strongly urge students to consider the purchase of a laptop. The laptop vendor we as a college recommend is Dell. We recommend the purchase of a laptop because of the portability and availability of wireless connections to students in Asbury and Skeath Residence Halls, the Snowden Library, most of the Academic Center, several lounges, science labs and the campus quad. Micro One: contact Nick Schneider nicks@microone.com 1417 East Third Street Williamsport, PA 17701 Voice: 570-321-7500 fax: 570-321-8600 Apple CampusDirect www.apple.com/education/store 1-800-877-4433 ext. 723 Apple Computer, Inc. 2420 Ridgepoint Drive Mail Stop 198-HED Austin, TX 78754 *Be prepared to verify that you are a student by copying your student ID. Do I need a Printer? http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (10 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
  • 11. A Computer Guide for Lycoming Students All students have the ability to print 600 pages per semester on our network. Each page over 600 will cost $.05 per page. To check your page print count during the semester you may access the print counter icon in the labs. See the lab monitor on duty with any questions. If you want the convenience of printing in your room there are several options available. Several good choices exist including ink jet and laser printers. Prices can range from less than $ 200 to well over $ 500. As long as you are using campus standard software you can always print in the public labs. What software should I buy? Microsoft Office 2003 is the current campus wide standard. The components of Microsoft Office 2003: Word, Excel, Access, FrontPage and PowerPoint are used to one degree or another in most classes. All software is available for use in the public labs. You should not buy any specialized software for specific courses until you have enrolled in the course and been advised by your professor to do so. Some software is available from your local vendors at special educational discounts. Lycoming College offers Microsoft Office at the special educational pricing. Other software packages are available from GovConnection at 800-800-0019 or reach them via the world wide web at http://www. pcconnection.com/ For more details contact caravagg@lycoming.edu or call 570-321-4153 Further Information If you have any questions about if or how you can have your computer attached to ResNet, call the Director of Academic Computing, Steve Caravaggio, at (570) 321-4153 or e-mail him at caravagg@lycoming.edu for further assistance. Any questions or problems email caravagg@lycoming.edu or call 570-321-4153. http://www.lycoming.edu/it/resnetDocumentationOnline.htm (11 of 14)6/6/2006 3:38:44 PM
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