|Recommendations for student computer systems brought to campus|
Note: The recommended system specifications change from time to time. These recommendations cover academic year 2013-2014 only.
Miami strongly recommends that students have a personally-owned computer in order to take advantage of the many technology resources that the university provides. Following are recommendations provided by Information Technology Services for student computers.
If you are purchasing a new computer...
If you will be purchasing a new computer for your college career, Miami strongly recommends purchasing a Miami Notebook. The Miami Notebook student laptop program offers excellent laptops at a discounted price, coupled with services and software to make computing hassle-free. Please visit the Miami Notebook web site at www.miamioh.edu/miaminotebook for details.
If you have specialized needs and wish to purchase a desktop or other non-Miami Notebook computer, we recommend purchasing a computer that meets or exceeds the following specifications. We believe that, for most students, these reflect a computer configuration likely to last four years.
Information in this table is adapted from http://oit.duke.edu/comp-print/recommendations/hardware_specs.php
* If you plan on running a virtualized version of Windows on a Mac computer, it is recommended you have at least 4GB of RAM. Note that students are entitled to one free copy of the Windows Operating system, as described below.
If you are bringing a computer that you already own...
If you will be bringing a computer that you already own, please make sure it meets or exceeds the following minimum requirements for connecting to Miami's network. The specifications outlined below will likely only support basic email, web browsing, and word processing/spreadsheets. If possible, we recommend bringing a computer that substantially exceeds these minimum specifications.
+ IT Services recommends a 20 foot Category5 Compliant Ethernet patch cable to allow for an Ethernet connection.
Important: If you have a Microsoft Windows computer, you must have anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed and running in order to connect to Miami's network in the residence halls. Miami recommends the free Microsoft anti-virus software. You can obtain free anti-virus and anti-spyware software from Miami's Software Store.
The purchase of a printer is optional. Personal printers provide for the instant availability of print resources but can be costly due to supplies and maintenance. If you choose to bring a printer, we advise an inkjet printer due to their small size and low power draw. For more information, please see Deciding whether to bring a printer to campus.
IMPORTANT: Miami policy states that personal wireless network devices are not to be used in residence halls.These devices include wireless routers, wireless printers (with the wireless feature turned on), and cellphone wireless hotspot or other similar devices.
Using personal wireless network devices creates radio frequency interference with the University wireless service, which prevents fellow students from having reliable network connectivity.
Please note that the wireless network is often enabled by default on wireless printers and will need to be manually disabled.
Gaming devices and streaming players
The following devices can connect to the MU-GAMING network:
For more information, please see Registering a network device without a web browser to use the network.
Miami strongly recommends you have Microsoft Office. Once you are registered for classes, you can obtain Microsoft Office and/or the Microsoft Windows operating system through Miami at no cost! Faculty and staff may purchase discounted versions of these products.
Bringing my own computer to campus
52803 specs recommendations student computer systems campus 2012-2013
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