Frequently Asked Questions
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IT Services Policies
IT Services Staff
IT Services recommends that students connect to the
with a computer running Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium or better. While Apple, Unix/Linux-based, or older versions of Windows computers can also be used on our
network, IT Services is unable to provide support or assistance
Oglethorpe University has negotiated special pricing for our
students, faculty and staff from DELL. IT Services recommends
one of these DELL desktop or laptop
computers for incoming students.
IT Services also recommends the use of a USB Drive for easy
transport of documents from their room to the labs instead of CD's. The OU Bookstore sells USB Drives for anyone who needs
Each student's computing needs are different, so Oglethorpe has negotiated special
pricing on various software packages from Adobe, Macromedia,
Microsoft, and others.
On-campus students will be required to install an antivirus
program before connecting to the campus network. A free program that is recommended is Microsoft Security Essentials. We do not recommend McAfee, as it has been known to cause errors and connection problems when attempting to connect to our network.
Oglethorpe University supports the following network
Wi-Fi - Campus-Wide Wireless Connection
Our wireless network is very extensive and provides a connection
in all our academic buildings and dormitory areas. For best results, IT Services recommends that your
computer is up-to-date with all the latest service patches, and is
using a wireless adapter that supports the 802.11g
standard and is using the latest drivers.
Traditional Wired - Ethernet Port Connection
Any computer connecting to our wired network will need a Network
Interface Card (NIC). This card must be a 10 Base-T or 10/100 Base-T
Ethernet card with an RJ-45 connection. These are now commonly built into the computer itself, but if not, some brands to look for are 3Com,
You will need a Category 5 Ethernet network cord to connect
from the NIC to the port on the wall, and the length will depend on
where you put your computer in your dorm room. Also, some classrooms on
campus have network connections available for students at their