Student Computer System Requirements
If you are purchasing a new computer we recommend a wireless laptop for mobility, but the choice is one of personal preference. Albion College is an operating system neutral campus.
Minimum hardware recommendation:
IMPORTANT WIRELESS NOTE: While wireless access is available in the residence halls, it is not guaranteed in student rooms, therefore ALL students should bring an Ethernet (RJ45) cable long enough to reach from the computer to the port in the wall.While most new computers will be able to connect to the Albion College network (25'),
Some small light-weight computing devices, often referred to as netbooks, have minimal hardware specifications (small hard drives and limited memory (RAM), do not have DVD drives, or wired network (Ethernet) ports which are necessary for residence hall room connectivity. Purchasing a computer without a wired Ethernet port will require the additional purchase of an external USB Ethernet adapter.
We recommend the following:
- Integrated or USB wired networking with 25' RJ45 Ethernet patch cable (wireless is not availabe in residence hall rooms)
- Integrated Wireless networking (802.11b/g or b/g/n) - standard on most new computers
- 2 Gigagbytes of RAM (memory), especially on Mac OS 10.5 and Vista
- Built in or external DVD drive for installing software
- Case for safe transportation
- Windows 8, Widows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 (genuine versions only)
XP Service Pack 3 update is a free update available from Microsoft's Windows Update service.
- MAC - OS X 10.6 or higher
- Important: If your computer came with operating system installation disks, please bring them with you to aid in troubleshooting and resolving computer problems. Some manufacturers include a copy of your system disks on your hard drive. Check your documentation or contact the manufacturer.
Removable storage (optional):
USB 2.0 Jump/Flash Drive or USB powered portable hard drive
While students can use their print credits to print to college provided printers, many prefer the convenience of personal printer. Printer type is a matter of personal preference.
Wireless Access Points (optional):
Wireless access points can be plugged in to the network jack in a residence hall room in order to supply wireless networking in the room. Access Points are permitted in residence hall rooms, but wireless routers, including AirPort base stations are NOT PERMITTED.
Technology Assistant Duties
This is an entry level position within Information Technology. In addition to fulfilling the primary function of lab supervision, technology assistants may also be sent to other areas of campus to assist with general technology issues. Scheduling is flexible and every effort is made to accommodate student workers' schedules. It is expected that students be available for two to four hour shifts up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. They report to User Services or Information Technology.
These are some of the basic job requirements:
- Good communication skills
- Enjoy helping others and have the ability to train users on how to use a variety of software applications
- Must be able to check and respond to e-mail frequently throughout the day even when not scheduled to work.
- Windows and/or Macintosh experience
- Able to work 10-20 hours per week
- Microsoft Office applications experience a definite plus (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, FrontPage)
- Weekend and night availability expected
- Must be able to travel from building to building as needed to assist technology users on campus.
- Technology Assistants may be required to arrive on campus one to two days before normal move in for training.
These are the basic duties a Technology Assistant can expect to perform:
- Assisting users with using computers, printers and scanners - logging on to the network, using e-mail and operating the software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, FrontPage, Internet, etc.).
- Provide walk-in introduction training for all campus supported Microsoft Office software applications, Internet Explorer, Adobe Photoshop, and GroupWise.
- Provide assistance to multimedia users including Digital Video Editing equipment and software.
- Reloading software on the workstations on a regular basis
- Tracking lab statistics (user counts, paper usage, etc.) and entering data online.
- Able to run virus and spyware scans.
- Providing support to users for enhanced classrooms and media carts throughout campus.
- Production support for multimedia and digital video projects.
- Keeping the printer supplied with paper and toner
- General housekeeping - Dusting, static spray, cleaning monitors, mice, keyboards.
- Making certain the public computing labs have adequate supplies on hand - paper, toner, stapler, etc.
- Reporting problems and repair needs to the Help Desk.
- Maintain equipment and lab security, including addressing inappropriate use and behavior among users and lab visitors.
Pay and benefits:
- This is an hourly paid position, paid once a month
- Work study preferred
- Technology Assistants are permitted to work on class assignments while on duty, as long as the assigned tasks are complete and he or she is still able to concentrate on the activity in the lab or office while working.
Wireless Networking for Windows 7 & 8
These instructions are intended for wireless network users with computers that are not owned by Albion College. Albion College owned computers are set to work with wireless automatically. Anyone having a problem with wireless on an Albion College owned computer should contact the Help Desk for assistance.
Click the wireless icon in the taskbar in the lower right corner of the screen. It is the icon circled in red in the image below:
After clicking the wireless icon, the image below will appear. Click on the wireless network named Albion.
After selecting the Albion network, the screen will look like the image below. Make sure you leave the "Connect automatically" box checked, then click the "Connect" button.
After clicking "Connect", you will be prompted for credentials. Enter your network username and password, then click OK.
After clicking OK, you may see a Windows Security Alert dialog box like the one pictured below. Click the "Connect" button to continue.
At this point, you should be connected to the Albion wireless network.
If you require additional assistance, plese contact the
Symantec Antivirus for Mac
Albion College provides Symantec Anti-virus (SAV) Corporate Edition free of charge to all Albion College students.
All pre-existing anit-virus and related security applications must be uninstallled and the computer rebooted before installing SAV.
- Symantec is available for PPC (OS 10.3 - 10.5) and Intel Macs (OS 10.3 and higher)
- 250 Mb disk space required for installation
- Close all running applications (reboot required at end of install)
- Download the installer (see link below)
- Double-click the downloaded file to extract the installer
- Double-click on Symantec Endpoint Protection.mpkg to start the installer
- Follow the on-screen prompts, accepting the default values supplied.
- Computer will restart. After logging in, you will find the Symantec icon in your task bar.
To download the software, click the link below. YOU MUST LOG IN to download this software (log in window is in the left-hand column).
Download Symantec for Mac OS X
Students may bring their computers to User Services (Help Desk) during regular business hours and IT staff will install SAV for you on a first-come, first-serve basis. User Services is located on the ground floor of the Ferguson Building, M-F, 8AM-5PM.
On each move-in Friday in August, IT staff will also be available in Wesley Hall to assist with software installation while students get settled.