What are the personal computer specifications for connection to the residence hall network?
The university is pleased to provide network services for connecting your personally owned computer to the Internet. The following on-campus residence halls and apartment facilities have network service ready for your arrival:
- Bonaventure Hall
- Marian Hall
- McDonald Terrace
- Rose Terrace
- Saint Claire
- Treacy House
We recommend the following minimum specifications for your residence hall connection to the campus network:
- Pentium 4 – 2.0 GHz (for a PC) or G5 processor (for a Mac).
- 2 GB RAM.
- Windows XP or MAC OS 10.0.
- Ethernet compatible 10/100 Network Card with RJ-45 port / Wireless (802.11b/g).
- Cat-5 patch cable if using cabled access (10 - 15 feet recommended).
- Microsoft Office 2007 Professional (for a PC) or Microsoft Office 2008 (for a MAC) [for compatibility with campus computer labs].
- Internet Explorer 7.0 (8.0 preferred).
Please keep in mind that these are “minimum”specifications; more powerful computers with newer operating systems (e.g., Win 7 Professional, Mac 10.6) are preferred and will provide a higher level of performance. Contact your local computer professional if you need assistance in putting together a system that meets these specifications.
Please note that CD-R/CD-RWs written on your personal computer may not be writable on Viterbo’s computers and vice versa. All CD-R/CD-RWs, though, should be readable by both systems. We highly recommend that you acquire Flash Drives for storing your projects and assignments. A 4 MB flash drive should cost under $20 from most computer suppliers. The Viterbo Library has 4MB SanDisk Flash Drives available for purchase for the cost of $10.00.
All computers on campus use Microsoft Office 2007 Professional. If you are still using Microsoft Office 2003, or Mac Office 2004, you’ll be able to exchange ‘most’ files (in both directions) without problems. Always be sure to “SAVE AS” and choose Word 97/2000/2003 format (.DOC) if this is the case, especially if going from 2007 on campus, to 2003 at home.
There is a discount for Microsoft Office 2010 Pro, Mac Office 2011, and Windows 7 available to students at www.journeyed.com/SELECT or www.viterbo.edu/bookstore.
In order to receive a network connection, students must sign and abide by the university’s network policies. Network support is provided from the campus network to the wall jack in the residence hall/apartment room.
Wireless access is available in all Residence Halls/Apartments.
If you have any questions regarding these specifications, or need other information/help:
Contact the Help Desk at:
In Person: Murphy Center Room 301