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Frequently Asked Questions
About Personal Computing On Campus
Do I need to have
my own personal computer?
Not necessarily. Students have access to a large
number of computers in both academic buildings and residence halls. These
are equipped with up-to-date hardware, software, and network connections.
However, even with the many resources available in campus facilities, most
students will benefit greatly by owning their own computer.
Marshall University recommends all students own a personal computer with
Internet access. All residence
hall rooms are equipped with high speed connections to MUNet and the
Internet and are ready for you to connect your own computer. The Drinko
Library and the Memorial Student Center have the latest in high speed
wireless computer access (WiFi and WiFi5). Computer technology provides
useful tools to support and enrich academic work and campus life for our
community of scholars. Routine administrative tasks such as course
registration, checking grades, managing student loans, and purchasing books
are easy and efficient to complete through self-serve, web-enabled
interactions. Owning a computer helps students blend technology into the
everyday living environment and thereby enhances both the scholarly and
social aspects of student and community life. The myMU Web Portal
integrates many of the on-line content and services for both coursework (via
Web Course Tools, Blackboard), personal email, campus group discussions &
activity announcements. Having immediate access to a MUNet connected
computer makes all of this even more convenient.
Will my current
computer meet my needs?
The annually updated personal purchase
specify new systems that will meet the needs of most users at Marshall
University for the next four years. This guide also includes information
about which older systems are still supported and provides information on
when you might plan for a replacement or upgrade. Keep in mind that support
for older systems is almost certain to expire in less than four years.
of recent annual computer recommendations can help you determine whether,
and for how long, your system is likely to meet your needs at Marshall
University. Students who bring their Intel/Windows or Apple Macintosh
computers to campus can expect excellent support, provided the system meets
Marshall’s annually updated minimum standards for personal computers.
If I purchase a
new computer, what guidelines should I follow?
Each June, the University's central
Information Technology (IT) division updates its annual
for the coming academic year. Marshall University provides a four-year
guarantee of support for new systems that meet these specifications, so
following them ensures continued support during your stay at Marshall.
The central IT division in
coordination with its advisory committees and faculty or IT staff in
colleges, schools, and centers, evaluate and adopt software applications as
supported products to ensure that students have access to the systems and
network resources they need. Some of these products, such as anti-virus
applications are site-licensed and available for free to Marshall students.
They can be downloaded from the
Software Downloads web page.
Other supported and standard products, such as Microsoft Office Home and
Student or Professional 2007 and Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or
Ultimate, can be purchased from the
Marshall University Bookstore
at discounted academic prices. Student versions of specialized academic
software such as Adobe Products, Mathematica, and many others can also be
connecting to campus networks and the Internet?
Marshall University Residence Hall
Rooms are wired with high speed Ethernet connections, which enable
high-speed data communications through network jacks found on wall plates in
every room. The Marshall University campus network, MUNet, provides
extremely fast Internet service at rates over 100 times the speed of a 56K
modem connection. Computers must be equipped with an Ethernet card in order
to connect to the network and to use this service. Contact the University
Computing Services Help Desk at (304)696-3200, email them at
visit their web site at:
Or stop by their primary location located
on the fourth floor of the Drinko Library and Technology Center if you need
assistance or to check rates for equipment and/or services.
Those living in other residences or
off-campus locations must sign up with a commercial Internet Service
Provider (ISP) to obtain MUNet and Internet connectivity. The
Remote Access Page
provides additional information and links to vendors that Marshall
University would recommend. Connection to an ISP via a “broadband” type of connection
such as a cable modem or DSL service is usually preferred if it is available
in your area.
Can I connect from
non-residential campus locations as well?
The Drinko Library and many
other public spaces, such as computer laboratories, classrooms, and student
lounges, contain public Ethernet ports where you can connect your own notebook
computer to the campus network and the Internet while on campus. As with
connections in students' residence hall rooms, a computer must be equipped
with an Ethernet card in order to take advantage of this convenient service.
The number of wireless network access
points on the Marshall University campuses is growing rapidly, guided by the
Networking strategy and its
commitment to providing secure, reliable, high-speed performance. Students
using notebook computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) equipped with
compatible wireless network cards can establish wireless network connections
in several locations across campus, including the Drinko Library and the
Memorial Student Center.